Sanchez, Works among top Carson qualifiers
Appeal Staff Report
The first step in a possible run to the NIAA 4A State Championship for the Carson High girls track team came on Saturday and the Senators are still alive.
Carson qualified everyone it needed to for the Northern 4A Championships at the zone qualifier held at Damonte Ranch High School. The zone meet will be held this coming Saturday at Damonte. Carson's boys also had a strong effort in the zone qualifier.
"We're right where we need to be to make a run," said Carson coach Robert Maw about a possible state title. "We're in good shape right now. Everybody went through what we needed to. We're on track. I'm really pleased. It was a good day for us."
The top three in zone will advance to state, which will also be held at Damonte on May 17.
Kayla Sanchez had a banner day for Carson, taking first in four events and set three stadium records in the process.
She won the 100 meters in a stadium record 12.14 seconds, the 200 in a stadium record 24.93, the 300 hurdles in an outstanding time and stadium record in 43.54 and she also won the long jump at 17 feet, 1 1/2 inches. "She had a real good day," Maw said. "She looked really strong."
Christy Works also had an outstanding day, taking first in the 400 in an outstanding time of 59.46 and third in the 800 in 2:25. Gloria Sosa also moved on in both events, taking fifth in the 400 in 59.94 and fifth in the 800 in 2:26.
Carson dominated the 4x200 and 4x400 relays as well. Sosaa, Kelsey Chicvara, Julianne King and Works ran a season best 4:07.14 in the 4x400, winning by two seconds.
A key to the effort was Chicvara lowering her time in her leg by two seconds. The same four won the 4x200 in 1:45.
Others who qualified for next week's zone meet were King in the 200, who took eighth in 27.20; Kat vonRumpf, who took 12th in the 1,600 in 5:42; Christy Tom, who took eighth in the shot put and discus and the 4x100 relay team of Sara Anderson, Chicvara, King and Kailey Taylor, who took eighth in 54.46.
For Carson's boys, Caleb Carter had an outstanding day. He took third in the 400 in 50.5, fourth in the long jump at 20-6 and fourth in the triple jump at 42-6.
Mike Arnold, who has cleared 16-1 in the pole vault this year, cleared the qualifying height of 12-6 to be one of the top eight to advance to next week's zone meet. Others who qualified for next week were David McMasters, who took eighth in the 800 at 2:02, Richard Shroy, who took seventh in the 1,600 at 4:36.54, Floyd Hernandez, Mark Sinnott, Ean Witter and Ryjul Stokes, who took seventh in the 4x100 in 45.25, Hernandez, Mike McSweeney, Witter and Arnold, who took eighth in the 4x200 in 1:34.01 and Carter, Shroy, Robby Barlow and McMasters took seventh in the 4x400 in 3:32.45.