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Space considerations normally preclude sports coverage in "Nado Natterings" below the high school varsity level, but there are some good things coming out of the Coronado Middle School track team of late that deserve mention. George Green runs the gamut this week with his track coverage of both the high school and middle school.

"Like Coronado, the Hoover girls’ track team is small this year, but with a few good athletes. We knew it would be close, so we loaded up in the events where they are weak and put only enough girls in their strongest events – the sprints – to keep them from getting all of the points.

Megan Mushovic, Danielle Eckert, Neisha Scales and Brigid Twomey teamed up in the 4 x 100 for our first five points. Brigid later placed third in three other events, the high jump, the 1600-meter run, and the 3200-meter run for three more points in the Islanders eventual 57-50 victory.

Hoover’s top sprinter, Vanessa Houston, is one of the county’s best in both the 100 and 200-meter sprints. In the 100 Neisha set a personal record time of 13.2 seconds to earn second place, and then came back to place third in the 200 behind Houston and Coronado’s Sarah Player. Sarah also won the high jump, the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.

Chelsea Newson placed second in the high jump behind Sarah. Eckert and Mushovic finished 1-2 in the long jump and triple jump, with Danielle winning the long jump and Megan the triple. Mushovic also won the discus throw and Eckert was second in the 100-meter hurdles.

Saturday Player won both the high jump and the 200 at the Claremont All-Girls Invitational in Claremont. Her 200-meter dash time of 26.54 was a personal best.

The Boys were outgunned by Hoover in the sprints and jumps and they lost 84-37. Levi Lozano won the shot put with a toss of 40-feet, 3-inches and placed second in the discus with a throw of 118 feet, 3 inches. Kasey Zapatka won both the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs and placed second in the high jump.

David Grimes won the 3200 and was third in the 800. Drew Stacy placed second in the 400 and third in the 200. Kenny Twomey placed second in the triple jump and third in the 100-meter hurdles. Ben Enowitz and Andrew Falkiewicz, both recovering from illness, placed second and third respectively in the 3200-meter run. Alton Smith placed third in the 200-meter hurdles.

Reinforcements for the high school team are coming from the CMS track teams. The girls’ middle school track squad has been winning every meet in our 10-school conference this year, sometimes by as much as 100 points. At the Middle School County Championships Saturday, they rocked.

Seventh grader Alison Culora came away with two 7th grade county records by winning the 100-meters in 13 seconds flat and the 200 in 27.2. She also anchored the 4 x 100 relay team (which included Madalyn Danielson, Michaela Guerrera, Rischina Marcillas, and Alana Pokorny) to a 20-meter victory in 56.6. Danielson placed third in the 200 in 29.7; Guerrera placed third in the 100 in 13.9 and ran 29.9 for the 200; Marcillas ran 13.9 in the 100, 29.9 in the 200 and placed second in the long jump.

Other great 7th grade performances were turned in by Cassie Callahan, who placed third overall in the 400 with a time of 68.5; she was second in the high jump, and fourth in the long jump. Maria Stacy was third overall in the 400 in 69.6 seconds and Anna Coumes ran the 800 in 3:03.2.

Sixth grader Nicole Davies placed first in the 400 with a time of 72 seconds and was part of the 6th grade relay team that placed fourth. The other members of the team were Lauren Bower, Gabriele Pietkiewicz, and Mariah Grant. Bower also placed second in the 100 with a time of 14.41 and was first in the 200 in 30.4. Caroline Courtney ran the 300 in 33.7.

Eighth grader Sallie Privett won both the 1600-meter and 800-meter runs with times of 5:31 and 2:29 respectively. Sallie holds most of the county middle school records for the distance runs. Adrianna Davies placed third in her 400-meter head and ran the 800 meters in 2:52.4. The 8th grade girls’ 4 x 100 meter relay team (consisting of Allison Hart, Stefanie Pietkiewicz, Madison Rutherford, and Lizzy Stone) were the overall winners in 57.6. Hart finished fourth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump; Pietkiewicz turned the 200 in 31.8; Rutherford was third in both the 100 and 200; and Stone won her heat in the 100.

For the 6th grade boys, Nate Hoffmann placed first in the 400 in 68.1; Coleton Pentland placed fourth in both the 100 and 200; Caleb Davis placed fifth in the 400 in 69.9; and Conner Terry placed fourth in the 200 in 29.9.

For the 8th grade boys, the 4 x 100 relay team of Micah Fischer, Scott Lindquist, Matt Villalobos and Andrew Smith placed fifth in 53.9. Fischer was seventh in the 200 and fifth in the 400; Lindquist was fifth in the 100; Villalobos was fifth in the 200; and Tim Sebring ran the 1,600 meters in 7:30.0 and long jumped 10 feet, 3.5 inches."