Track and Field wrap up state


Avery Clark, pictured in lane two, performed in hurdles on May 14 for state.

The track season has finally come to its closing stages. So far the team has won a few events and the girls team currently lead in points to win the state championship, with Queen Creek close behind. The 4×800 girls team won the championship on May 7th, while Taylor Lovell won the championship in the 3200m on May 11th.

On Saturday, there will be the finals for the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, girls 1600m, boys 3200m, high and low hurdles, triple jump, pole vault and shotput for boys, and girls discus. “So far, distance has two state championships, so I’d say they have done the best. We still have Brenna Rodriguez for the triple jump and is ranked number one in the state right now, and Avery Clark in both hurdles and she is in the top three or two for those events and is only getting faster,” said coach Bryan Idleman

Rodriguez discussed her path to being ranked number one and her sacrifices to be here. “My coaches helped me by working on my phases and just learning about triple jump in general. Also, my teammates who have already done the triple jump help me in every way they can. I definitely had to take a lot of time off from going out for training and going to the gym, but it was definitely worth it,” said Rodriguez.

Czech Republic foriegn exchange student Kristyna Mlenjnkova does the 800m and 100m, but qualified for state in the 800m. She is currently ranked 12th in state. “I was injured with a broken leg and couldn’t race for two months. After the injury, I started performing very well and eventually PR’d,” said Mlenjnkova. Coach Idleman also had praise about her performances. “Kristina has adjusted very well and is doing really good. She has performed at a high standard and will continue to improve,” said Idleman.

The track and field team will finish state on May 14 and will attempt to bring a few more championships home.