|Bradshaw Mountainís Hannah Madler hands off to Alicia Cornejo in the 4x800 relay during the schoolís County Invitational April 26.|
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
One Bradshaw Mountain Bear and one Lady Bear garnered medals for fourth place at the AIA Division II State Track and Field Championships this past week at Mesa Community College.
Senior Matt Ehrlich put the shot 49 feet, 1/2-inch for his fourth place finish. (Winning toss 51-8.)
Bradshaw coach Mike Simon said Ehrlich held second place until the final round, but both still were very pleased with the result.
"What a way to finish his senior year," Simon said.
The coach called Lindsey Lowman's fourth place finish in high jump "a surprise."
"Lindsey had qualified at the Last Chance meet, just one week earlier," Simon said, noting that Lowman also scored for Bradshaw in the 100 hurdles.
The junior placed with a 5-foot leap in long jump on Saturday. (First place 5 feet, 6 inches.) She finished eighth in the 100m hurdles, bettering her time to 15.97 seconds after Wednesday's eighth place qualifying time of 16.02. (Winning time 14.78.) She also placed 17th in long jump, with 15-feet, 7.75 inches. (Winning jump 19-3.)
"For our underclassmen, it was just a valuable experience for the future," Simon said. "They learned what it's like to be under that kind of pressure and they performed well."
He especially was pleased with the Lady Bears' 4x400m relay team of Rachel Campbell, Kyanna Bruner, Hannah Madler and Kylie Morris, who grabbed Wednesday's last qualifying spot by placing ninth in 4:11.48, then placed ninth on Saturday, this time with 4:14.12. (Winning time 3:53.68.)
"To make it to finals is quite an accomplishment," Simon said.
Competing in Wednesday's preliminaries but not qualifying for finals by making the top 9 were: sophomore Ashlie Dowdy, 300 hurdles, 19th, 49.89; and the 4x100m relay team of Courtney Parsell, Rachel Campbell, Kylie Morris and Lindsey Lowman, 13th, 51.07.
Saturday, Hannah Madler, the only freshman in the 800m, finished 25th in 2:32.30, and Vanessa Holmes, one of three freshmen in the 1600m, placed 23rd in 5:43 flat, while junior Kylie Morris triple jumped 32-feet-2.25-inches for 18th.
Saturday finals saw the 4x800m relay squad of Erika Meza, Athena Dias, Alicia Cornejo and Hannah Madler place 18th in 10:36.65. (Winning time 9:34.69.)
Bradshaw had only two other boys qualify for state, and Saul Martinez, ranked 12th in the 800m, could not compete because of medical reasons.
Fellow junior Augie Espinoza ran the 800 in 2:02.94, only the second time he's run that time at a meet all year, Simon said. The "good time" was good for 18th place.