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5/8/2013 2:13:00 PM
Manson tracksters best school records
By Amber Schlenker Assistant Editor

Last Tuesday's (April 30) Bridgeport Invitational track meet went better than expected.
Overall, the Manson boys team placed third among 10 teams, while the girls placed fifth.
Highlights on the day for Manson girls included Raechel Vanderholm's performance in the discus event, which topped the school record with a throw of 94-02. That throw also earned Vanderholm a second-place finish.
The Trojan girls 4x200 relay team smashed the school record by more than 2 seconds, with a time of 1:58.9. The foursome included Aylee Neff, Bianca Vergara, Delacey Machus, and Itzel Castro, who placed fourth overall.
In Lady Trojan competitions at Bridgeport, Castro also topped the charts, beating her own school record in the 200-meter dash. She clocked 28.34 and earned second-place honors.
Lady Trojan Aylee Neff topped her best overall recording in the triple jump by 5 inches, notching 28-feet and 11-inches and second-place honors overall.
As for Trojan boys personal bests, Manson's teammates showed in large numbers, including Alex Vanderholm, who went 43-00 in the shot-put event for the first time ever, earning himself first-place honors.
Vanderholm also earned a top-finish in the discus event with a toss of 132-8. Behind him for second-place honors in the discus was Manson's Willy Picton, who tossed a 118-3. Picton also earned eighth-place and a personal best recording in the shot put event with a throw of 35-11.
Also earning bragging rights, and topping his personal best in the javelin event, was Joe Toolson, who notched a throw of 28-1, finishing 23rd.
Other Trojan competitors earned personal best recordings on the day, including Jana Russell (100-m hurdles 20.22); Sam Thomas (clocking 5:05 in the mile and 11:27 in the 3200); the boys 4x100 relay team ran a season-best time despite botching a couple of handoffs, says Manson Coach Kurt Toolson.
Also adding to Manson personal bests at Bridgeport was Paul Toolson, who knocked another second off his 400m time, running 54.4. Juan Chavolla also took two seconds off his 400-meter racing time, going down to 57.5. Bianca Vergara took almost a full second off her 300m hurdle time, too, clocking 56.32. Oscar Mendoza topped his personal bests in two events, clocking a 2:26 in the 800m and a 5:23 in the 1600. Manson's Jesse Russell also bested his record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.75.
As a team the boys placed 3rd out of 10 teams with a team score of 84.5. That was behind Bridgeport's 135.5 team score for first -place honors and second-place team finisher Liberty Bell (102). Manson girls placed fifth overall with a team score of 64.5. Bridgeport earned top honors (110 team points) and Entiat earned second place overall with a team score of 100.5.
"The teams that beat us have over twice as many kids as we do, so I feel like we are really holding our own despite numerical disadvantages," Toolson added.
Manson also went on to Liberty Bell last Friday, May 3, and earned sixth and eighth-place honors for the boys and girls teams, respectively.
Manson High School's track and field team next competes at the sub-Districts league meet this Thursday, May 9, in Oroville.

Amber Schlenker can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email

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