New track at Lake Havasu High christened by Knights
On its brand-new track, Lake Havasu High hosted the Havasu Multi Meet to open its track and field season on Wednesday.
Other schools competing in the meet included Kingman, Kingman Academy, Yuma Catholic, Parker, Lee Williams, River Valley and Mohave.
Dustin Zampogna, head coach of Lake Havasu track and field, was pleased with the turnout for the event, as they can now host meets instead of using Thunderbolt Middle School’s track for meets.
“I’m really happy, it’s awesome to have it here at the high school,” said Zampogna. “We’ve already had more fans here today than we’ve ever had.”
In fitting fashion, the Knights won the first two events of the day, the girls’ and boys’ 4 x 800 meter relays.
The girls’ team, comprised of Sydney Huffman, Halle Rodriguez, Zoe Dondero and Alize Hecker, posted a time of 11:33.99 in the event, besting Lee Williams by less than two seconds.
It was nowhere near as close of a finish for the boys’ team, who had Joshua Hansen, Joshua Lumpkin, Spencer Marino and Colton Rizzo competing in the event. The Knights recorded a time of 9:17.71, beating second place Lee Williams by nearly twelve full seconds.
Hansen also won the 800 meter and 1600 meter on Wednesday, finishing with a personal best time of 2:07.58 in the 800 and a time of 4:54.93 in the 1600.
Lake Havasu swept the 100 meter as Jacob Schafer and Summer Evans each posted the best time of the meet in the event. Schafer finished with a time of 10.81 on the boys’ side, while Evans ran the event in 13.07, a personal record, for the girls’ team.
Schafer also won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet and six inches and was part of the group who won the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:40.79. The other members of team who competed were Brenton Szymanski, Braedon Nickell and Cody Pellaton.
Pellaton also narrowly won in the 200 meter, finishing with a time of 23.27, setting a personal best and just over two-tenths of a second faster than the second place finisher.
Pablo Torres won in both the shotput and discus for the boys’ with a personal-best distance of 43 feet and five inches in shotput and 120 feet and six inches in the discus.
For the girls’ team, Aaliana Bridges recorded a distance of 28 feet and eight inches, which tied for the best of the meet. She posted a distance of 89 feet, a personal record, to win the event.
Other standouts include Sydney Huffman, who won both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter for the girls’ team, the boys’ Paul Davis, who won the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 43.41 and posted a distance of 41 feet and two and a half inches in the triple jump and Cassidy Emmert, who also won the triple jump for the girls’ team with a jump of 32 feet and seven and half inches.
Zorah Feely won the 300 m hurdles for the girls’ team by finishing with a time of 52.59, nearly four full seconds faster than the next closest competitor.
In the pole vault, Ryan Balboni recorded the best result of the meet for the boys’ team with a jump of nine feet and six inches, which set a new personal record.
Up next, Lake Havasu will compete in the Buckeye Invite on Saturday. The Knights next home meet will on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m.