|Mitchell track off to a strong start|
|April 08, 2016 Jerry Purvis|
Photo courtesy of The Mitchell Index Members of the Mitchell track and field team are, front row from left: Xavier Burnett, Hunter Lemley, Caleb Koranda, Tucker Hodsden, Cris Ruiz, Drake Gilliland, Justin Spencer, Christian Perez, Darryn Walters, Edward Grentz, Riley Dupre, Kadin Perez. Second row: Joseph Pieper, Quinton McMillen, Ian Carrier, Kyle Campbell, Garrett Tinsley, Abe Hernandez, Drew Gilliland, Chase Watson, Cody Mueller, Wyatt Hooton, Colby Eberspecher, and Max Avila. Third row: Tianna Mokeac, Kelynn Ewert, Ricci Ayala, Leslye Valles, Jori Peters, Devin Beaver, Celeste Cardona, Madison Watson, Bethany Sterkel, Kenzey Kanno, Teagan Flick, Alexis Souza, Ashley Jackson. Fourth row: Natasha Perez, Olivia Armstrong, Peyton Beaver, Miah Buckley, Anabelle Gillen, Jessica Cotant, Aubrey Markowski, Loren Thomas, Mackenzie Musfelt, Hannah Plasencio, Keyana Wilfred, Gabrielle Coley.
With their scheduled opening meet at Kimball cancelled due to weather, the Mitchell Tigers saw their first track action on April 2 in Ogallala at the Ed Moore Invitational.
The boys’ squad dominated the individual running events on their way to a 132 point total to win the championship. Drew Gilliland took first in both the 110 and 300 hurdle events. His third medal came with teammates Drake Gilliland, Abe Hernandez and Christian Perez to win the 4x100 relay event.
The girls’ events were tighter at Ogallala. Chase County won the overall event with 118 points. Sidney was second with 96 and Mitchell finished fourth with 90 points.
Some of the standouts for the Mitchell girls were Jori Peters, who finished first in both the 400 and 800 meter events. Celeste Cardona won the 1,600 and 3,200 distance events. Peters and Cardona were joined by teammates Madison Watson and Olivia Armstrong to win the 4x400 event.
Last year, Mitchell competed in Class B. This year, they made the switch to Class C to compete against schools of similar size. Hopefully, that will translate into a championship at the district meet.
One of the goals for a team that shows a lot of self-discipline and closeness is to not look too far down the road during the season.
Instead, they’ll work on improving their times and distances with every meet. That means they should peak in time for the district and state tournaments.