Rcms Hosts Track And Field Finals

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The finest track and field athletes from 11 small schools gathered yesterday (Thursday) at Rim Country Middle School to battle for bragging rights as White Mountain League champions. (Results not available at press time).

To be eligible to participate in the WML championships, the athletes had to finish among the top four in their events and divisions at one of the qualifying meets held April 30 at Winslow and Round Valley.

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Rim Country Middle School played host yesterday (Thursday) to the White Mountain League track and field championships. Among the athletes representing the Mavericks were Katie Welker (left) and Kristen Remonda.

"Only the best will be here, it should be good," RCMS coach Randy Wilcox said prior to the meet.

In WML track and field, middle school/junior high student-athletes compete in one of three classes -- A, B or C. The classes are determined by a formula that takes into consideration the height and weight of the athletes.

For the Lady Mavericks, the 4x100 A relay team of Jessica Slapnicka, Kayla O'Donnell, Karina Haught and Brittany Normand enter the championships with a first place qualifying seed earned in Winslow.

At the Round Valley qualifier, the Blue Ridge 4x100 team also earned a first place seed.

In the championship finals, the BR team might be stamped the WML favorite since its time was 1.98 faster than the clocking RCMS posted.

Haught, however, is not ready to concede a victory to BR.

"We can run a lot faster, the wind slowed as down in Winslow," she said.

For Normand, the championships will be the opportunity to showcase her all-around skills. In addition to qualifying in the relay, she also earned finals berths in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the high jump. Which means she'll be participating in the maximum number of events WML rules allow an athlete to compete in -- four.

Eighth grader Lana Cluff qualified in two events -- 800 and 1600 meters.

The RCMS boys team had just one first place qualifier entered in the finals. In the C boy's shot put, Timmy Lantz won the Payson competition with a heave of 26 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

No Maverick boy qualified in more than one individual event.

Which means, the Mavericks don't have the finals entries it takes to make a run at winning the WML crown.

The qualifiers

Boys Qualifying Meet Results

C Boys 4x1 Relay Team

4th RCMS 1:00.57

C Boys 1600M Run

4th Jeff Sakol 6:18.29

C Boys 200 M Dash

3rd Milney Mack 30.80

C Boys High Jump

2nd Donnavan Swanson 4-6

A Boys Shot Put

4th Gerrald Walton 35-0

B Boys Shot Put

3rd Chris Eager 28-0

4th Travis Mollohan 27-0

C Boys Shot Put

1st Timmy Lantz 26-2.5

2nd Jeff Howard 25-4.5

A Boys Long Jump

4th Troy Brown 15-7

Girls Qualifying Meet Results

A Girls High Jump

2nd Brittany Normand 4-6

A Girls Shot Put

2nd Kayla O'Donnell 31-1

3rd Christina Deaton 29-10

B Girls Shot Put

4th Linnea Leas 26-1

C Girls Shot Put

1st Kristen Romanda 22-10

B Girls Long Jump

4th Jenna Robertson 12-0

B Girls 800M

3rd Lana Cluff 2:59.17

A 4x100 Relay

1st RCMS 59.11

B Girls Relay

4th RCMS 1:01.15

C Girls Relay

2nd RCMS 1:03.4

A Girls 400M Dash

4th Karina Haught

B Girls 1600M

2nd Lana Cluff 6:45.4

A Girls 200M Dash

3rd Brittany Normand 32.42

B Girls 200M Dash

4th Janet Echols 31.58

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