On Saturday, April 30, the Leesville track team hosted the Cap-8 finals meet. The conditions were damp, but it didn’t stop many athletes from having excellent days.
The Leesville women’s team finished in second place, their highest finish ever. They finished with 143.5 total points, second only to the Wakefield women, which charted 188 points.
Nevada Mareno, junior, paced the long distance races, coming in first place in the mile run with a time of 4:43:91. The second place finisher was nearly an entire 30 seconds behind her. Mareno also won the 800 with a time of 2:13:02. In addition, Shelbi Chapman, junior, finished first in the 400, with a time of 56.69.
The Leesville women had a very successful season, and this was only the culmination. “At the beginning of the season, a lot of the kids had never run track before and at the end of the season almost half of the team are going to regionals,” said Elise Hall, a freshman. Hall tied for second in the high jump. “I could have done better, but I got enough points for the team and hopefully I can improve for next year.
On the boys side, the Leesville men’s team finished in fourth place, their highest finish in a few years. Still, the Millbrook men won every sprint race and took home the Cap 8 title.
The Leesville men’s 4 x 200 relay team finished in second with a time of 1:33, just over a second away from qualifying for regionals.
Numerous people earned All-Conference status from this meet. Those individuals were:Shelbi Chapman, Nevada Mareno, Taylor Hemming, G’jasmyne Butler, Sydney Winchel, Savannah Fraleigh, Emily Pettis, Timara Chapman, Hannah Comeskey, Elise Hall, Mason McLaughlin, TJ Johnson, Delonte Matthews, Clay Boneham, Andrew Galamb and Sean Nicol.