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Greyhound boys place second at Districts

QUINCY - The Grandview boys track team placed second in the 2A District Championships last Friday in Quincy and several of the Greyhounds qualified for State.

Leon Knights of Grandview qualified for State in all three of his events. He placed first in the long jump, jumping 21-10. Knights placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 41-6. In the high jump Knights came in fifth place, with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches, to advance to State.

Grandview's James Vela won the 800 meters event in 2:06.7. "He was running this event just to win, not to set a huge time," Grandview Coach Jared Lind said.

Vela placed second in the 400 meters with a time of 51.5 seconds. In the 4 x 400 relay, Vela anchored the team comprised of Francisco Valencia, Brandon Artz and Razo to a first place finish in 3:29.30. According to Lind, this is currently the fastest relay team in 2A this year.

Artz took second place honors in the javelin throw. He tossed the spear 171-1.

Teammate Valencia placed fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.9 seconds.

On the girls side, Grandview's Brittnee Sanchez won the 1,600 meter event in 5:29 in a driving rainstorm. "I could hardly see her when she was running it was raining so bad," Lind recalled. "This was probably her best race considering the condition. It was a real positive run going into State."

Grandview's Kealey Johnston also advanced to state. She set a school record in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 5.5 inches. That was good for third place at the District meet.

Johnston also anchored the 4 x 100 relay with Kara Stanton, Knights and Krystal Martinez. Their season best time of 52.8 placed them in third and gave them a State berth.

"Kealey really impressed me," Lind said. "She came from behind in the 4 x 100 to beat out Quincy for the State berth."

Grandview's Chelsey Jones also advanced to the State tournament. She placed second in the discus throw with a distance just over 104 feet.

"I'm excited for State," Lind said. "We have a lot of very good athletes. We do well when the competition level is good. I'm looking forward to seeing how we do against the best in the state."

The 2A State Tournament will be held May 25, 26 and 27, in Cheney, at Eastern Washington Unversity.

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