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In their first home meet of the season the Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team was spectacular with nearly 20 first-place finishes to please the attending Scorpion fans at the Sedona Invitational.

“I think it was a great meet for us; we had a good day. On a side note, I just want to thank all the volunteers for their help; the job they did was incredible,” Sedona Head Coach Harry Schneider said.

srrhstrack326There were nearly 35 volunteers at the high school track Wednesday, March 24, taking times, measuring distances and recording scores. Without them, Schneider said, this meet wouldn’t happen.

As for the kids themselves, it was just another day at the office for the Scorpions.

For the boys, senior Kevin Cox had a fantastic day, finishing first in the 400-meter dash with a 50.6 time and first in the 100-meter dash with an 11.2 time.

Cox also participated in the long jump and was first with a 21-foot, 2-inch leap, and he was a part of the 4x200-meter relay team that took first overall with a 1:35 mark.

Will Spicer, James DeVore and Tristan Whittaker were also apart of the 4x200-meter relay team with Cox.

Sticking with the relays, the 4x800-meter relay — which included Jorge Rivera, Jesus Rivera, Garrett Debs and Brandon Snickers — took first place for Sedona with an 8:36 time.

Debs and Jesus Rivera were a part of the 4x400-meter relay as well that took second, teaming with Whittaker and sophomore Christ Oestmann, recording a 3:33 time.

Rivera was outstanding in the 800-meter run with a 2:00.9 time, good enough for first place, while Debs took gold in the 1,600-meter run with a 4:44 time.

As for Oestmann, he took first place in the high jump with a 6-foot leap.

In the shot put, A.J. Garnello set a new school record with a 47-foot, 11-inch throw which was good enough for first place. Garnello also took first in the discus, with a 130-foot throw.

In the pole vault, DeVore tied a school record by soaring 10-foot, 6-inches, good enough for first place on Wednesday.

Of course, the Scorpion girls didn’t shy away from taking first place medals either Wednesday.

In the high jump, Hope Goimarac took first place with a 4-foot, 8-inch leap and was first in the 100-meter hurdles with a 16.2 time. Goimarac took third in the 300-meter hurdles as well.

Probably the two most outstanding performances at the Sedona Invitational came from two freshmen, Tiana Hatler-Stefick and Evan Wilson.

Wilson took care of business in the 3,200-meter run with a first place finish while Hatler-Stefick was first in the discus with an 88-foot throw.

Hatler-Stefick took second in the shot put behind sophomore teammate Nyomi Mosley who was first with a 33-foot, 4-inch toss.

“Those two are competitive with one another and it’s a healthy relationship for the both of them,” Schneider said.

Nyomi’s sister Lydia Mosley was second in the 800-meter run with a 2:34 time and Sophia Zeno took second as well in the 1,600-meter run.

Last but certainly not least, the 4x400-meter relay team took first place with a 4:27 mark as Stephanie McIlroy, Rita Clancy, Zeno and Lydia Mosley ran their hearts out.

With the Sedona Invitational now complete, there are 15 varsity track stars for Sedona looking forward to this weekend when they get to travel south and participate in the Chandler Invitational this Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27.

The event will take place at Chandler High School and is considered one of the best meets in the state. Only the best track and field athletes are invited and the event includes all classifications, 1A through 5A-I.


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