5/11/2013 9:12:00 PM Bradshaw's Ehrlich, Lowman finish 4th at state track meet Prescott's Arminio places sixth in 1600m run
Wade Ward/Courtesy Bradshaw Mountain's Lindsey Lowman, top, and Prescott High's Simon Paige compete in the AIA Div. 2 state final on Saturday at Mesa Community College.
The Daily Courier
Senior thrower Matt Ehrlich paced the Bradshaw Mountain High track and field team on the last day of the AIA Division 2 Track & Field Championships, placing fourth in the shot put with a toss of 49 feet.
Ehrlich posted the highest finish of any local athlete at Mesa Community College on Saturday.
"It was an excellent way for Matt to end his high school career," Bears coach Mike Simon said.
Also for Bradshaw, Lindsey Lowman captured a fourth place tie at state in the high jump with an effort of 5'. Lowman's finish was especially impressive when considering she qualified in last week's Last Chance Meet in the Valley on May 1.
Meanwhile, for Prescott High, Vincent Arminio guided the Badgers, placing sixth in the 1600-meter run with a personal-best time of 4 minutes and 26.35 seconds.
Simon Paige and Hosava Kretzmann also ran the 1600m, as the former finished eighth in 4:28.65 and the latter took 18th in 4:39.50.
In the 800m final, Prescott's Arminio placed 10th and Bradshaw's Auggie Espinoza crossed the line in 18th.
For PHS in the hurdles, Garrett Reed snared eighth in the 110m hurdles final with a time of 15.77 seconds.
Prescott coach Clark Tenney said Reed exceeded expectations, considering he entered the state meet ranked 21st in all of Div. 2.
"That's great for him to get that far," Tenney said. "He had a nice day."
In the girls' 100m hurdles, Bradshaw's Lindsey Lowman finished eighth in 15.97 seconds.
The Badgers' Sarah Kosse stood out in the field events. The freshman snagged 11th in the long jump final with a personal-record leap of 15 feet, 11-1/2 inches. Lowman was 17th (15' 7").
In the high jump, Prescott's Jay Sneeden managed a leap of 4' 10", which likely placed her anywhere from 10th to 12th in the final standings, said Tenney, who did not have the official placements in that event as of late Saturday night.
PHS thrower David Rupp, who placed an impressive third in the discus final on Wednesday, took 18th in the shot put final with a toss of 40' 9".
For Bradshaw in the finals of the girls' relays, the Bears' 4x800m team of Erika Meza, Hannah Madler, Alicia Cornejo and Vanessa Holmes was 18th (10:36).
Bradshaw's 4x400m relay team of Kylie Morris, Rachel Campbell, Madler and K'yanna Bruner was ninth (4:12).
In the finals of the Division 3 state meet, also in Mesa, the Chino Valley's girls' 4x100m relay team of Mariah Ahern, Elisabeth Cuka, Caitlyn Ballard and Rachel Merritt placed sixth with a time of 51.79 seconds.
Ahern also stood out in the 400m run, finishing eighth in 1:01.85.