Mill Valley track and field right at home in Jaguar Invitational
The Mill Valley track and field propelled its success from the Ottawa Invitational to its home meet on Thursday.
The Jaguars conquered the competition, winning both team meets by more than 80 points apiece.
The girls team finished with 269 points, far ahead of second-place De Soto’s 117 points. Maranatha Academy finished third with 52 points.
On the boys side, the Jaguars posted 217 points, ahead of De Soto’s 121 points.
Highlighting the event was junior Emily Brigham, who broke the girls state pole-vaulting record with a jump of 13-1.
The finish was more than 3 feet ahead of Brigham’s nearest competition.
In the long distance events, senior Kati Strickland earned a gold medal in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 17.58 seconds.
Coach Mark Peck said Strickland was only two seconds away from her state time from last year.
She also placed third in the 1,600-meter run.
Lauren Harrell and Hope Manning finished first and second, respectively, for Maranatha in the event.
Caroline Bingham also did well, winning both the 200- and the 400-meter dashes.
Other notables for the Jaguars included sophomore Mary Altman, who swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles events.
“I’m really pleased as a coach at this point and time where we’re at in the season,” Peck said. “We still have a lot of work to do and to just get better as the year goes on.”
Mill Valley freshman Whitney Hazlet also added to Mill Valley’s accomplishments, winning the triple jump by edging out her teammates junior Kathy Nguyen and freshman Holly Webb.
Freshman Ally Shawger placed first in an event as well with her 4-10 high jump.
Junior Mallory Baska won the javelin throw with a 94-11 throw.
Along with the individual accolades, the girls team put together a few nice races in relays. They won both the 4-x-100- and the 4-x-400-meter events.
On the boys side, there were some familiar names at the top, including senior Ashton Proctor who swept the 200- and 400-meter dashes as he did at the Ottawa Invitational.
Proctor broke his own school record in the 400-meter run, according to coach Chris Dunback.
Sophomore C.J. Meeks posted a solid 1,600-meter run time at 4:52.29, which was good for first place. Freshman Cody Deas took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 0:16.92.
The only win that came in the relay events for the Jaguar boys was the 4-x-400 meter relay with a 3:37.12 mark.
In the field, senior Parker Brush finished first in the pole vault with a 14-7 jump.
The Jaguars next compete at Shawnee Mission West at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.