Boys’ and Girls’ Track Events Begin: Liam Lovering Breaks a School Record

Jonathan Hill

Centennial High School boys and girls competed in several track and field events on Saturday, May 15.  

For the boys’ mile, sophomore Antonio Camacho-Bucks ran a 4:16 mile, which was the top time. Camacho is currently the fastest sophomore in the country. Senior Fernando Duraes placed second, running a 4:22 mile. 

For the girls’ mile, senior Katerina Talanova placed first, running a 5:20. Placing second was junior Amaya Cunningham, who ran a 5:20.68. 

The boys 800 meter race finished with Camacho in first and Duraes placing second. Camacho finished with a time of 1:55.15 and Duares finished with a time of 1:56.93. 

Madelyn Mielke, a junior, was the top finisher in the girls’ 800 for Centennial. She finished with a time of 2:37.18, which put her in fourth, overall. 

Mielke gave her thoughts on her team’s chances of success for this season: “Going into this track season, there were a lot of ‘what if’s’ and we weren’t sure if we would have a regional or state championship. Despite this, I think Centennial trained as though it was a normal season and we are pretty fit,” she expressed. “As a member of the girls’ distance, I think we all work really well together because of how we have been training and I’m excited to see what will happen this year.” 

For the throwing competitions, junior Liv Ragonese and senior Marissa Dickson were the leaders in the shot put and discus throwing distance. 

For the boys, senior Liam Lovering was the leader in all throwing competitions. Lovering also broke a Centennial shot put throwing record. When asked how it felt to break a school record, he stated: “Breaking the discus record my sophomore year felt normal in a way because I had been throwing around that mark for a while, but shot was definitely special. It’s always been my weaker event, and to see that the past four years of work had paid off with a school record and a state lead, has given me a huge confidence boost for the rest of the season.” 0


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