Prep Track: Northgate has fast start at Region 3-AAAA meet
From Staff Reports
Northgate track teams hope to continue what was a fast start to this week's Region 3-AAAA meet on Thursday after setting or tying four school records at Starr's Mill.
Lady Vikings sophomore Toya Jantzen helped lead the way for respective lineups, which return to Starr's Mill this morning for today's running finals. During Thursday's field events and running preliminaries, Jantzen won the high jump by tying a Northgate school record with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches.
Jantzen joined Kemor Anderson and Hailey Gollnick among Thursday's girls qualifiers in field events, while Viking pole vaulters Conner Bergh and Alex Anderson placed second and third in the pole vault and will compete at next week's boys sectional meet.
Finishing behind only a leap of 13-0 by Richard Berthold of host Starr's Mill, Bergh set a new school record of 12-6 to place second while Anderson was right behind in third with a successful attempt of 12-0.
Gollnick finished fourth in the 1,600 while setting a new school record of 5:29.26. Anderson placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16-8 1/4.
Anderson will have a chance to add state-qualifying times in the 100 and 200 meters today after finishing in the top-eight of Thursday's preliminaries. She is also a member of Northgate's qualifying 400-meter team with Morgin Ward, Ebonee Echols and Quianna LeBlanc. The foursome put together a season-best time of 50.70 to advance to today's finals.
Echols also qualified for today's 100 meter finals.
Along with school records from Gollnick and Bergh, new marks were established for Northgate runners on Thursday in both 1,600-meter relay efforts. A Lady Vikings foursome of Anderson, Echolds, LeBlanc and Abby Pinaud set a new mark of 4:11.26 while qualifying for today's finals with a fifth-place finish.
The Vikings 1,600-relay also set a new record of 3:28.19 while placing fourth in preliminaries.
Also moving on to today's running finals was Shelby Gray in both girls hurdles events. She placed fourth in both the 100 intermediate (17.04) and 300 low (50.49) events.
A new school record was established in the triple jump by Pinaud, who placed eighth with a leap of 33-6. Personal records were also established by Emily Seiler in the high jump (5-0, 6th) and Ward (32-3/4, 8th) in the triple jump.
Also scoring for the Lady Vikings was Andie Martin with an eighth-place effort in the shot put.
McIntosh holds the boys lead heading into today's final day with 45 points, eight ahead of Ola (37). Both host Starr's Mill and Union Grove are tied for third with 35 points with Northgate in eighth with 19 points.