|Quincy High track team member Shelby Kingston (left) approaches a hurdle while Miranda Kelly (right) takes flight at the Burney Invitational on April 19. Kingston placed first in the 300-meter hurdles and Kelly took second at the Burney meet, as well as at a league meet on University Prep’s campus in Redding on April 24. Photo by Craig Harrington|
The Quincy High girls’ track team took first place at the Burney Spring Classic on April 19. The team went on to place third in a league meet at University Prep in Redding on April 24.
Teammates Rachel Hanna, Miranda Kelly and Shelby Kingston led far above the other nine teams competing to take the gold at Burney. Combined, the girls accounted for a total of 75 points.
Hanna placed first in the 200-meter competition with a time of 30.18 seconds. In the 100-meter hurdles, Kelly took the gold in 19.25 while Kingston placed third in 20.98.
Kingston went on to take the top spot in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of one minute, 0.5 seconds. Kelly followed right behind Kingston with a time of 1:10.19 to take the silver. Hanna placed first in the triple jump with an impressive distance of 30 feet, three inches.
“The one thing I am most excited about for QHS track this year is this is the most positive team culture we have had in five years,” commented the team’s track coach Dan Hanna.
In addition to the girls’ placement, the junior varsity boys’ team excelled in its competition. The team placed first overall, taking gold in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile, two mile, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay and the 300-meter hurdles events.
“Our great team culture will continue to pay huge dividends for many years to come,” said coach Hanna, referring to the junior varsity team.
At the league meet at University Prep, Quincy’s track team had a bit more competition with 13 other schools competing. Despite the fierce competition, the girls’ team still took the silver and the JV boys took the gold.
“This was very good for our team to attend just two weeks before our league championship,” continued Hanna. “There were many personal records set.”
Shawn Hughes set a personal record in the varsity boys’ discus with a throw of 135 feet, three inches to place first. Hughes demolished his competition, throwing 23 feet farther than the second-place competitor.
Kingston and Kelly once again claimed the top two spots in the 300-meter hurdles. This is the girls’ fourth year as hurdlers for Quincy High. Rachel Hanna also won the triple jump with a distance of 29 feet, 6.5 inches.
Quincy will host its annual meet Wednesday, May 1, at the Feather River College track at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, the team will hold a 5K run fundraiser. Those interested in having a nice run should meet the team at 9:30 a.m. for a run down the bike path to the college.