West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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Westview concludes outstanding regular season
by Mike Russo sports editor
Westview’s boys track team prepared for this week’s Division I state meet by putting together arguably the school’s best regular season, at least in recent memory. The
undefeated in eight dual meets. Westview concluded the regular season by winning the Tolleson Union High School District meet April 25. The Knights amassed 157 points to easily outdistance runner-up Tolleson, 107. Glendale Copper Canyon was third at 52, followed by La Joya, 21. “We’ve had a really good season,” coach Jeff Bowen said. “They have performed really well. “We have been good in all disciplines.
that event by Paul Burbank. “Both pole vaulters have cleared 13-6, with Burbank reaching 13-9,” Bowen said.
and Trevon Bosley. Both have topped out at 6-1.
Cody Rediger, Matt Farren, Manual Martinez, Chris Smith and Christian Balderas comprise a solid group of throwers. Rediger, Smith and Balderas have all
High jumpers are De Aundre Saunders Szostek also pole vaults and is joined in
thrown the discus in excess of 130 feet, and Rediger and Farren have both put the shot more than 41 feet. Guillermo Cuevas has led the way in the 100, 200 and 400 sprints. His best times have been 11.32 in the 100, 22.53 in the 200 and 53.26 in the 400.
Our overall team has been good.” Exceptional depth has been a key to success, with more than 60 members of last season’s football team among the competitors, Bowen said. “We have several outstanding athletes in
ever had,” Bowen said. Seivion Morris, D.J. Townsend and C.J.
Coker finished 1-2-3 in the 110-meter hurdles at the district meet. Townsend, Coker and Morris finished second, fourth and sixth, respectively in the 300 hurdles in the same meet. In addition to that trio, Terrence Bland and Jordan Keel have excelled in both hurdles.
All three boys relay teams have also performed well, Bowen said. Bradley Stefnik has led the distance runners. He has run 2:07.29 in the 800, 4:42.26 in the 1,600 and 10:24.64 in the 3,200.
most events,” Bowen said. The team’s strength has been its collection of hurdlers, Bowen said. “It’s the deepest hurdling group we have
Invitational success The Knights’ success was not restricted to dual meets, it extended to invitationals as well. “We had a great invitational season,”
Bland has the team’s best time in the 100 hurdles, 14.95 seconds. “Keel, Townsend and Morris have all been in the mid-15’s,” Bowen said. Keel leads the group with a time of 39.0 in the 300 hurdles. “Bland, Townsend and Coker have all been between 41 and 42 seconds,” Bowen said.
Bowen said. “The boys won the Gaucho Relays at Glendale Community College and were second in the Westside Invitational at [Glendale] Deer Valley and then won the district meet, and the underclassmen were second in the [Phoenix] Sandra Day O’Connor Underclassmen Showcase.” The Lady Knights also performed well in invitationals, placing second at the Westside Invitational and third at the Gaucho Relays. Leading the way for the Lady Knights have been sophomore distance runner Rene Contreras and Samantha Torres.
A trio of jumpers also has preformed well, Bowen said. Jacob Szostek, Sam Audon and Roderic Mitchell have all exceeded 40 feet in the triple jump, led by Szostek’s leap of 44 feet, 2 inches in a dual meet. Unfortnately, only marks attained in designated invitationals automatically qualify participants for the state meet. In addition to the triple jump, Szostek and Mitchell also long jump, with Szostek reaching 21 feet.
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MILLENNIM’S JORDAN LAMBERT, right, spikes the ball against Centennial last season.
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Contreras won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the district meet. Her best time in the 800 is 2:21.84, which she accomplished May 2 in the Last Knight Qualifier. Her best is 5:24.26 on the 1,600 and 12:48.87 in the 3,200. She also runs on the 4x400 relay team. Torres has run the 100 hurdles in 17.31 and the 300 hurdles in 49.19. Both times came in the Gaucho Relays, in which she finished second in the shorter race and won the longer event.
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team next year,” Levardo said. “She has a great work ethic. She is so coachable. She is willing to learn and to listen and do whatever she can to help the team.” Her adaptability also will prove
beneficial, Levardo said. “She took on a different position as middle hitter as a senior,” Levardo said. “She did a great job. She learned to run slides and do whatever she could to help the team.”
Tigers in digs with 140. She was second on the team in aces (31) and blocks (38), and third in kills with 72.
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As a senior, Lambert led the Lady
“I play all three positions across the front row,” Lambert said. “The coach [Taube] said she plans to use me as an outside hitter. I’m comfortable with that position.” “Two of my seniors were left-side hitters, so she is filling some big shoes and must be ready to go on Aug. 13,” Taube said. “After taking my program to five NCAA tournament appearances, we have had six losing seasons, so I need players that can turn things around for us,” Taube said. “I think Jordan can help do that.” Levardo concurs. “Jordan was a team captain along with
Taylor [Hamlet], and they showed great leadership,” Levardo said. “Jordan was a very hard worker and can help any team.”
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