Led by Whitney Schmaljohn, the sprinter named athlete of the meet, Central Valley’s girls track team won last weekend’s Lewiston Invitational.
The Bears scored 99 points to runner-up Walla Walla’s 76.
Schmaljohn, among the area’s best 400 runners, won her 300 hurdles debut in 48.6.
“She told me she wanted to try them,” said coach Dennis McGuire. “She just coasted.”
She also won the 100 meters in 12.4 and anchored a quick 4:11.3 1,600 meter relay victory.
CV went one-two in the shot put, won by Mary Caruso over freshman Heather Harding 35-3 to 33-11-1/4.
The sprint-rich Bears got big efforts from sophomores Stephanie Crace, the 200 winner in 26.7. and Leslie Merideth.
“Crace was the one who suprised me,” said McGuire, impressed with her improvement.
All told, CV athletes placed among the top six in 13 of 17 events.
The boys team finished fourth, including wins in the 1,600 and medley relays and placers in 12 of 17 events.
Gymnasts advance to regionals
Female gymnasts from Spokane Elite and Lilac City Gymnastics academies have advanced to regional competition following their efforts at the USA Gymnastics state championships last weekend in Issaquah, Wash.
SEG Level 9 gymnasts qualifying for the April 11-13 meet in Anchorage, Alaska, are Lindsay Brandle, Keegan Fitzgerald, Karlee Poirer and April Mims.
Level 10 gymnasts Gail Larsen and Meloney Monaghan also will compete.
Brandle was second on beam and fifth overall for ages 16 and older. In the 12-year-old division, Fitzgerald had a 35.2 all around score with a 9.225 best on beam.
Level 8 regionals are in Lynnwood, Wash., on April 19.
SEG gymnasts Katie Dinsmore, Corrina Lewis, Amy Brandle, and Elizabeth Kelley all qualified as did Lilac City gymnasts Libby Smith, Amber Baines and Leah Borg.
Dinsmore won state all around competition for 13 year olds with a 35.6 score, finishing first on vault and floor exercise.
Valley YMCA sports signup
Valley YMCA is registering youth for baseball, softball and volleyball programs.
Teams are being formed and first practices begin the week of April 14. Games will be played on Saturdays between April 26 and June 7.
Baseball is for youngsters ages 4 through fourth grade. Softball is for grades 4-7 and volleyball for grades 5-7.
Call 927-1474 for information and signup.
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