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Hawks, Eagles soar at WVL icebreaker


Both local teams have strong marks at the opening track meet

DAYTON — The Horizon Christian and Westside Christian high school track and field teams got their seasons off to solid starts, with some strong performances at the West Valley League icebreaker meet, held last Thursday at Dayton High School.

On the boys side, Horizon Christian finished in first place in the team standings at the meet with a score of 121.5 points. Westside Christian took third place with a score of 97.5.

Sophomore Sandis Chhay and senior Blake Phillips each had first-place finishes to help the Hawks take first place in the team standings.

Chhay ran to victory in the 400-meter run in a time of 57.18 seconds. He also took second place in the triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 6.75 inches. Phillips had a winning time of 17.00 in the 110 high hurdles.

Horizon Christian also got a victory from its 4 x 100 relay team of Mitchell Iliyn, Luke Auxier, Gabe Nielsen and Matthew Leong. That team had a winning time of 46.82.

Leong, a sophomore, took second place in the 100 in a time of 11.90. He also placed second in the 200 in 24.10 and he had a second-place distance of 20-1 in the long jump.

For the Westside Christian boys, junior Derek Baltzeli triumphed in the 800 in 2:14.70. He also teamed with senior Niehemiah Heye, senior Jack Pitcher and senior Marcus Raz to win the 4 x 400 relay in 3:53.80.

Also for the Eagles, junior Evan Harrison won the javelin with a toss of 144-7.

On the girls side, Westside Christian took second place in the team standings with a score of 104.5, putting the Eagles just a half point behind first-place Dayton. Horizon Christian was seventh with a score of 43.

Seniors Ryan Conlin and Jessie Mathison led the way for Westside Christian at the meet.

Conlin sprinted to victory in the 200 in a time of 27.10 and Mathison had a winning mark of 1:02.60 in the 400.

In the 4 x 100, Conlin and Mathison teamed with junior Micaiah Fischer and senior Kayla Brase to win the 4 x 100 relay in 51.82. In the 4 x 400 relay, the Westside team of senior Sarah Curtis, Brase, Conlin and Mathison triumphed with a mark of 4:25.30. Brase also took first place in the triple jump with a mark of 36-6.75.

For the Horizon Christian girls, junior Grace Phillips was second in the long jump with a distance of 14-7.75 and she was third in the triple jump at 30-0.