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Track has good outing at Las Vegas Classic

A select few of the Trojans track team went to the Las Vegas Classic at Desert Oasis High School last Saturday. Trojans Coach Ed Kirkwood said not too many Division 1-A schools went because of the level of competition. He said the Classic only took the top 18 in each event. To medal at the invitational, the athletes had to finish in the top four. There were 25 teams at the meet, 17 Division I teams and eight Division I-A teams.

Trojans Womens results:

The Trojans sent their top sprinter Kelbie Middleton and she medaled in the 100-meter dash with a third place finish (12.91). She almost medaled at the 200-meter run and finished in fifth place with a time of 26.57.

In the hurdles, Meghan McDermott finished in 17th place with a 19.10 time. McDermott also finished 11th in the triple jump with a 30-6.5 jump.

The Women’s 4×100-meter relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 52.38. The team members are Katlyn Stecker, Jaimie Murphy, Amber Hill and Kelbie Middleton.

Trojans Mens results:

The men’s team did equally well Kirkwood said.

Devon Montgomery finished first overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.30 time and Michael Carlson took fourth place with a time of 16.44.

Montgomery also medaled with a fourth place in the 400-meter run with a strong time of 51.26 seconds. Kirkwood said he did this with really no recovery time (4 minutes) after he ran the 4×100-meter relay. He also did well in the discus and finished with a throw of 111-09 feet.

The men’s 4×100-meter relay team finished in 6th place: Shane Webber, Devon Montgomery, Nico Cipolini and Michael Carlson.

Isaac Davis took a fourth place medal in the triple jump with a 39-09, which was a personal best.

Carlson also finished in 12th place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.09.

Nick Nelson finished 23rd in the 800-meter run with a 2:10 time.

In the pole vault, Jacob Stearns finished in the top 10 with 11 feet in the pole vault for 8th place.

It’s been a week since sprinter Keenan Harris pulled his hamstring muscle.

“He has been down for a week and hasn’t done anything with it. He will now start a little bit with some rehab. He is in good hands at Doctor Taylor’s. He does not lift and extend his legs like most sprinters and when he goes up against the big dogs his muscles say, ‘We’re good. You have never done this before,’ and they react by injury. He just has a distinctive way of running and when you try to change it in the middle of race your body will react to that,” Kirkwood said.

The Trojans were home on Tuesday for their only home meet of the season and this was too late to report. The recent change in format has four teams at each meet, two Sunrise and two Sunset teams and this has cut the home meets from three last year to just one this year.

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