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Mingus track does well at Ironwood
Marauders now look ahead to state meet at Mesa

Mingus’ Hannah DeVore finished in the 300 meter hurdles and fifth and the 100 meter hurdles at Ironwood’s Last Chance Qauilfer. VVN/Derek Evans

Mingus’ Hannah DeVore finished in the 300 meter hurdles and fifth and the 100 meter hurdles at Ironwood’s Last Chance Qauilfer. VVN/Derek Evans

GLENDALE -- On Wednesday, Mingus track and field competed in its last meet before the state meet.

The Marauders were in the Ironwood's Last Chance Qualifier meet at Glendale's Ironwood High School.

Mingus was supposed to compete in the Yavapai County Championships at Bradshaw Mountain High School the week before.

But, that meet was canceled because of rain and was rescheduled for the same day as the meet at Ironwood. Because of that, head coach Yancey DeVore decided to skip the Yavapai County Championships.

On the boys side, it was a pretty good day for the Marauders.

Javin Helsel finished ninth in the 100 meters at 11.80 seconds. Levi Collins finished sixth in the 400 meters at 1:04.19.

Caden Emmons finished fifth in the 800 meters at 2:05.51. Keenan DeVore finished ninth in the 800 meters at 2:07.66. Joseph Sandoval finished tenth at 2:08.31.

Sandoval also finished first in the 1600 meters at 4:37.81, DeVore finished sixth at 5:02.77.

Alec Phyfer finished ninth in the 300 meter hurdles at 45.39 seconds.

The 4x100 relay team of Juan Ruiz Jordan Prouty, Collins and Helsel finished seventh at 45.53 seconds. The 4x400 team of Helsel, Ruiz, Mikey Gilboy and Ryan Alexander finished fourth at 3:37.67.

The 4x800 relay team of Jordan Bramblett, DeVore, Emmons and Joseph Dorerksen finished second at 8:33.05.

Collins finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet 6 inches.

Trevor Galloway finished third in the discus with a throw of 132 feet 11 inches.

Chance Gribauskas finished second in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet six inches.

On the girls side, Auli Hanks finished sixth in the 100 meter dash at 13.71 seconds.

Hanks also finished eighth in the 200 meter dash at 28.14 seconds.

Megan Goettl finished first in the 800 meters at 2:21.85. Cassia Gehl finished seventh in the 3200 meters at 13:10:66.

Hannah DeVore finished fifth 100 meter hurdles at 17.80 seconds. DeVore also finished first in the 300 meter hurdles at 49.53 Brianna Epperson finished sixth 100 meter hurdles at 18.31 seconds.

The girls 4x400 relay team of DeVore, Goettl, Hanks and Mackenna Jung finished fifth at 4:28.25.

On Thursday, head coach Yancey DeVore said it was a good meet for his team.

"There were kids that did well," DeVore said.

DeVore said he is sure his boys 4x800 relay team will qualify for the state meet.

But, he said he wasn't sure about his 4x100 or 4x400 teams.

"Our boys 4x800 ran a lights out time," he said

DeVore added that he was pleased with how Goettl did.

"She ran an excellent 800," he said.

Galloway is another DeVore was impressed with.

"He's showing consistency," DeVore said.

DeVore added that Galloway is in a good position for state.

"Right now, he's sitting at No. 2," he said. "I don't expect that to change a whole lot. Hopefully he can hit the top mark at state."

Collins will be the only Mingus boys shot put thrower to make the state meet. Galloway actually had a personal record in shot put with a throw of 38 feet 1 inch, good enough for 13th place.

But DeVore said that wasn't enough to place him in the top 24. Stefeno Dalu finished 15th with throw of 37 feet 7 inches, also not good enough to qualify for state.

Galloway has a good chance to win the Division III boys discus championship. This season, he has thrown 130 feet or higher six times and he has only thrown less than 120 feet twice. His best throw was at Sedona Red Rock High School where he threw 146 feet 1 inch.

Galloway said it's been a very successful year for him.

"I feel like I improved this season," he said. "I feel like I put myself into better positions to do well at state. Now it's just time to show up at state."

Although he's placed second, Galloway is focused and ready to finish at the top.

"That's my main goal," he said.

Galloway is an overall very good athlete for Mingus.

The sophomore was the starting tight end for the football team last fall.

He took the winter sports season off. But said next year he plans on doing football, basketball and track and field.

Follow Sports Reporter Derek Evans on Twitter @DerekEvans20

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