Lady Maverick Track Team Earns Silver At Finals

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The Rim Country Middle School Lady Mavericks ran, jumped and threw their way to a second place finish in the White Mountain League championships.

RCMS posted 118.5 points to finish second to Blue Ridge (189) in the 11-team field that participated in the May 3 meet at Payson High School.

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Rim Country Middle School team member Ashley Wolfe, right, won gold medals in the 200 and 400 meter runs at the White Mountain League track and field championships.

Those entered from the WML schools represented qualifiers who had finished in the top three of their individual events at two qualifying meets held a week earlier.

Also in the middle school/junior high track format, athletes competed in one of three divisions, A, B or C, based on their height and weight.

Among those to shine for RCMS was Maddie Nossek who won the Class A 200 meters, high jump and long jump championships.

In the high jump, Nossek cleared 4 feet, 8 inches and in the long jump, she leaped 15 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Her 200-meter time of 28.21 was almost a full second better than the second place finisher -- teammate Jordan Klabbatz.

Excelling in sports was nothing new for the eighth-grader. She also was a starring member on the Lady Mavs softball, volleyball and basketball teams.

In high school next school year, Nossek will reluctantly give up softball because the season runs concurrently with track and field.

"Track is my favorite, I want to keep doing that," she said.

In the C division, Ashley Wolfe -- fresh off a second place finish in the Pat Tillman 4.2 mile run -- was first in the 200 and 400 meters and third in the 1600 meters.

Desi Burris was second in the C long jump and teammate Crissy Badgley was third.

Kelsey Waugh leaped to a bronze medal in the A high jump.

The championship meet wraps up the White Mountain League season that began in March.

Coach Randy Wilcox called the season a highly successful one in which record numbers of athletes turned out for the track and field program.

Some of the athletes will now turn their attention to Junior Olympic and club team competition.

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