Girls track team finishes second in Buckeye meet

March 4, 2019

For its first road meet of the season the Lake Havasu track and field teams headed south for the Buckeye Invitational on Saturday.

The Knights were one of 21 schools competing in the meet.

The girls’ team finished second overall while the boys’ team finished fifth.

“We had a fantastic day,” said track and field head coach Dustin Zampogna. “For us to be where we are at this point in the season is super exciting.”

Senior Paul Davis from the boys’ team provisionally qualified for the state meet in Division II in the triple jump as he finished second with a distance of 40 feet, 11 inches.

Junior Joshua Hansen of the boys’ team had a standout performance for Lake Havasu. He finished first in the 800-meter with a time of 2:04.48, which set a personal record.

He also placed second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:45.85.

Junior Kilee Greene of the girls’ team also had a standout performance. She recorded a distance of 31-3 1/2 in the triple jump and 4-8 in the high jump. Greene finished first in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.

In both the boys’ shot put and discus, senior Pablo Torres performed well. He finished third in the shot put with a distance of 42-8 and fourth in the discus with a distance of 119-4.

In the girls’ 3,200, sophomore Isabella Sloma finished second with a personal record time of 13:18.79, while senior Sydney Huffman ran it in 13:38.65 to place fourth. That pair also placed high in the 1,600 as Huffman recorded a time of 6:06.66 to finish fifth and Sloma placed sixth with a time of 6:07.46 which was a personal record.

In another notable performance, senior Cassidy Emmert finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 29-10.

“We want to focus on improving ourselves and not worry about the opponent,” said Zampogna. “That’s how we can continue to be successful.”

The Knights will be in action on Wednesday for the Havasu Multi Meet which will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Lee Barnes Stadium.