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In its second home meet of the season, the Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team welcomed nine schools to compete Wednesday, March 23, in the Sedona Invitational.

“We had a lot of good finishes,” longtime Sedona Head Coach Harry Schneider said. “Our girls did good, and the boys had a few good times as well.”

Junior Jason Marcy competed in the Sedona Invitational on Wednesday, March 23, completing an 86-foot, 5-inch throw in the discus. The Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team will travel to one of the biggest events of the year Saturday, March 26, in the Chandler Rotary Invitational at Chandler High School.Beginning with the boys, junior Chris Oestmann was outstanding, finishing first in three of the four events he participated in.

Oestmann won the high jump with a 6-foot leap while also winning the 110-meter hurdles with a 16.88 time. Oestmann was also a part of the 4x100-meter relay team that took first as well.

Senior A.J. Garnello had a good day in the throws department, taking first overall in both the shot put and the discus. Garnello threw 45 feet 9 inches in the shot put while launching the discus at an impressive 136 feet.

Junior Brandon Snickers had an outstanding day, finishing third in both the 1,600- and 800-meter runs. Snickers had a 4:51.14 time in the 1,600 and had a 2:10.60 time in the 800.

On the girls side of the field, senior Hope Goimarac finished first overall in the 300-meter hurdles with a 49.01 time and was first in the high jump with a 4-foot, 10-inch try.

Nyomi Mosley took first in the shot put with a 34-foot,

8-inch throw and was first in the discus with a 100-foot throw.

As for the last race of the night Wednesday, sophomore Taylor Gage beat out a Mingus Union High School runner by a nose to give Sedona a first-place medal in the 4x400-meter run.

Rachel Lillie, Anna Watson and Jillian Bradshaw ran the first three legs for the Scorpions, wiyh a final time of 4:35.05.

“We actually had to go to the camera; not even our race timers at the finish line could guess who won that race,” Schneider said.

Wilson, Gage and Lillie also teamed with Mykala Seresun to win the 4x800-meter race with a 10:25.49 time.

With the Sedona Invitational out of the way, the Scorpions turn their attention to one of the biggest meets of the season Saturday, March 26.

Sedona will travel south to participate in the Chandler Rotary Invitational at Chandler High School Saturday with an official start time of 9 a.m.

Some of the younger Scorpion track and field stars will participate in the Matt Showers Memorial Invitational at Camp Verde High School, which also takes place Saturday.

Bourgade Victory

At the Bourgade Invitational on March 12, the Scorpions took first place in both the boys and girls events, a first for Sedona this season.

“It was a great meet for us. There were schools our size and all the kids did well,” Schneider said.

For the boys, Sedona scored 110.5 points, 40 more than their closest competition in Canyon State Academy which had 70.5.

For the girls, the Scorpions were just as dominant, scoring 123.33 points while Joy Christian High School came in second with 64.

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