Mingus track does strong at home meet
Sandoval, Galloway place first; DeVore second, third
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School track and field competed in its first and only home meet of the year.
It was a strong day for the Marauders.
One highlight for Mingus was Joseph Sandoval, who won the 1600 meters at 4:47.37. Sandoval also finished second in the 3200 meters at 10:41.82. He also finished fifth in the 800 meters at 2:13.92.
Trevor Galloway also had another strong performance. Galloway took first in the discus with a throw of 136 feet 11 inches.
He also placed sixth in the shot put at 37 feet 7 inches.
Keenan DeVore finished second in the 800 meters at 2:07.
Levi Collins finished third in the shot put at 40 feet 11 inches. Collins also finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 119 feet. Collins also finished sixth in the 100 meter dash at12.06. Chance Gribauskas finished second in the pole vault at 12 feet 6 inches.
Gribauskas also finished seventh in the 100 meter hurdles at 19.34 seconds.
Alec Phyfer finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at 48.79 seconds.
On the girls side, the 4x400 meter relay team of Auli Hanks, Hannah DeVore, Mackenna Jung and Megan Goettl finished in second place at 4:20.38.
Goettl also took first in the 1600 meters at 5:26.51. Sydney Alexander finished second in the 3200 meter run at 13:30.72.
Hannah DeVore finished third in the 100-meter hurdles at 17.95 seconds and second in the 300-meter hurdles at 51.94 seconds. Epperson finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at 58.12 seconds and also eighth in the 100-meter hurdles at 21.37 seconds.
Kylie Streck finished second in the Pole Vault, Streck jumped 8 feet. Allison Whitworth finished third at 7 feet 6 inches.
After the meet, head coach Yancey DeVore said he was happy with how his team did.
"I feel really good about it," DeVore said. "We pulled it off."
DeVore said he was especially impressed with Sandoval.
"He just ran exceptional," DeVore said. "He won the 1600, then comes out and runs strong in the 800 and 3200. He's been working hard at it. He's kept improving and that's the direction he wants to go in and we want him to go in."
He added he was happy with Goettl's performance.
"Megan had a great day in the 1600 and the 800," DeVore said. Galloway also had a great day. He credits the coaching for how well he's been doing in discus this season. "I think we've been having good practices," he said. "We've had a good practice schedule. Coach (Lacy) Brown is a good coach. She knows what she's doing. It's not just me who has been doing better in discus, it's everyone on the whole throwing squad."
Galloway had a good shot put throw, though he said it's not his favorite event.
"I just want to keep improving on it," he said. "It's something that I can do well at eventually. Then I would be more than happy to do it. I just try to get ways in state and score for the team."
There's no doubt Collins will be scoring for the Marauders.
The senior said he had mixed feelings about his final home track meet.
"It's bittersweet," he said. "It's fun, but then again it has to end sometime."
Collins said his Friday performance was "pretty good."
"All but the 4x100, it was a good performance," Collins said.
Collins added that his 4x100 relay team had some exchange problems that led to a worse performance than it should have.
Sandoval probably couldn't have asked for a better individual performance. The junior won his first event of the season.
"Just good training lately, I've been much focused," Sandoval said.
Sandoval's 1600-meter win came with a little bit of controversy. A runner from Bradshaw Mountain High School seemed to be attempting to trip him towards the end of the race. That got him disqualified. Sandoval said he apologized to him after the run was over.
Sandoval said right now the distance runners have a certain goal in practice.
"This week in practice, we've been trying to up the speed work," he said. "So we get use to going fast. That's the way coach [Jim] Bostwick does it. He builds it up, he runs you dead tired, but then you get rested so you get a big [personal record]."
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