By Clayton Huckaby
Kern Valley Sun
On Wednesday, May 3, the Lady Broncs track team traveled to Coalinga to compete in the All Sierra’s Championship.
There were a total of 19 teams at the girl’s track meet competing. Only five Lady Broncs qualified for the meet, but the five competed in a total of 11 events.
According to Coach Brent Mixon, “The Lady Broncs definitely let their presence be known.” He continued, “In a meet of this size, our kids did an amazing job.”
Coach Mixon did not oversell how well the Lady Broncs did on the field. In the triple jump, junior Julia Amstutz placed fifth overall with a jump of 31 feet, three inches. Likewise, senior Abby Steers placed 19th with a jump of 26 feet, six inches. Rounding it out, sophomore Abby Achorn placed 17th overall with a jump of 27 feet. In the long jump, Steers placed sixth with a distance of 14 feet, seven inches.
The high jump was where the Broncs shined overall. Placing second, Amstutz jumped a height of four feet, eight inches. Achorn placed eighth overall in the high jump with a height of four feet, four inches. In both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, Amstutz set a personal record. In the 100 meter hurdles, she placed fourth with a time of 18.47 seconds. In the 300 meter hurdles, she placed eighth with a time of 54.61 seconds.
In both the 100 and 200 meter races, sophomore Rachel Driskell placed ninth and seventh, respectively. In the 100 meter race, she had a time of 13.76 seconds, and in the 200 meter race, she had a time of 28.62 seconds. Finally, in the 400 meter race, freshman Bella Williams placed 14th overall with a time of 1:08.71.
Coach Mixon commended the effort of the girls saying, “It can be a little intimidating when you go into a meet like this, but you would have never known that from our kids.” He continued, “As you can see from the girls that went, we had only one senior, which is great for our program because these girls will be coming back next year.”
This year, the team has a total of five graduating seniors, but the team has a total of 14 athletes that will be returning next year.
“Our girls worked hard to get to where they are, and their efforts paid off. I can’t say enough about our girls. They are great young ladies,” he continued, “They have done a fantastic job representing our school and community.”