Six members of the Jr. High Track and Field team competed in the Great Hearts Championship Meet at Camelback High School. Kailyn Banks took a silver medal in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.7 seconds. Chris Kohly advanced to the medal round in the shot put, throwing a PR of 28’1″. Grace Chapman also PR’d in the shot with a throw of 20’3″. “The athletes worked really hard to get to this meet, and I am proud of every single one,” said Coach Johnson.
The Jr. High Track and Field athletes put in some great performances in their meet at Odyssey Buckeye on April 13th. Kailyn Banks and Hope Carney each dropped several seconds off their 400m times, both setting new PRs for themselves. Banks also PR’d in the 100m Hurdles with a second place finish and a time of 19:52. Awyn Bevins set a new personal record in the 100m (16;58), as did both Grace Chapman and Hannah Vogler in the shot put. Sam Garlick improved his time in the 800m, and Caleb Zugaste PR’d in the 100m sprint. With only one more regular meet before the championship, Coach Johnson is “optimistic that every Falcon athlete could qualify in at least one event.”
Jr. High Track & Field competed at Apollo HS on Thursday, April 6th. The girls’ team had impressive showings in several events including PRs for Alexis Mounts (100m and 800m), Hope Carney and Kailyn Banks (400m), and Sophie Jensen, Grace Chapman, and Hannah Vogler (shot put). Kailyn Banks also PR’d in the 100m Hurdles, where she took first place overall with a time of 20.09. On the boys’ side, Chris Kohly PR’d in the 100m sprint and the shot put. Coach Varner commented on how impressed she was “with the responsibility and dedication of some of these young athletes.”
Jr. High Track and Field hosted and competed in the Great Hearts West Valley Meet at Odyssey on Saturday, March 25th. All of North Pointe’s athletes set a new personal record in at least one of their events. Hannah Vogler and Sophie Jensen each added approximately 2 feet to their shot put throws, and Grace Chalman added the same to her long jump. The girls 4×100 relay dropped its time by 2 seconds, and Kailyn Banks placed 7th overall her first time in the 400m sprint with a time of 1:17. For the boys, Chris Kohly shaved over 2 seconds from his 100m Hurdles time, finishing 6th overall with a time of 18.9. Caleb Zugaste also placed in the top 8 in both the 100m and 200m sprints. Coach Johnson commented that “this was a particularly good showing by the entire team, especially coming off a two week break. I am confident that our next meet will be even better.”
Jr. High Track and Field kicked off its season March 2nd with a meet at Apollo High School. The girls 4×100 relay (Alexis Mounts, Cassie Aust, Kailyn Banks, and Hope Carney) took 4th place. Dakota Schmaltz bested his previous season’s time in the 800 meters, while newcomers Sam Garlick and Caleb Zugaste both set solid times in the same event. Chris Kohly was impressive in his first outing as a discus competitor, throwing over 24 feet. For the first time in Jr. High history, North Pointe had several athletes compete in the long jump. Coach Johnson remarked “that even though this team is relatively inexperienced (only one athlete returning from last year), they are all enthusiastic and highly motivated to step out of their comfort zones and do whatever it takes to improve and succeed.”
Jr. High Track and Field finished its season Saturday, April 30th with an awesome performance in the Championship Meet at Valley Christian High School. Six athletes brought home medals. Jennifer Valenzuela-Encinas took a bronze in the 100m Hurdles. Lazia Burks earned a silver in the 400m and a gold in the 800m. Gerald Vaughn won gold in the 200m, and Andrew Carson snagged silver in the 100m. Vaughn and Carson, along with teammates David Adams and Ali Al-Shiteawi, also captured the silver medal in the Boys’ 4×100 Relay. Several other athletes set new personal records in their events, including Madi Denton and Carsyn Tupper in the 800m and throwers Dakota Schmaltz and Matt McGovern in the discus. “This felt like our best and most successful season so far,” said Coach Johnson, “I’m really proud of all the junior high Falcon Track and Field athletes.”
The Jr. High Falcons competed in their “last chance” meet at Bourgade High School Friday, April 22. Lazia Burks had a “threepeat”, winning the 200m, 400m, and 800m races for the third consecutive time. Andrew Carson and Gerald Vaughn both shaved time off their PRs in the 200m dash, each winning his heat handily. The boys’ 4x100m relay (Ali Al-Shiteawi, David Adams, Andrew Carson, and Gerald Vaughn) took third place overall. Jennifer Encinas-Valenzuela placed second in the 100m Hurdles, and all the team’s throwers improved upon their previous personal best distances. As the season approaches its end, Coach Johnson is “confident that several athletes have the potential to medal at our championship meet next weekend.”