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Despite challenges faced in schedule, including absence of another state meet as a result of pandemic, Bears demonstrated maturity, strength and depth in distance and field events to become most well-rounded girls group in the nation. The past two state finals at their own venue have been canceled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
And after winning an 11th Central Section crown in dominant fashion June 19, a few Buchanan athletes participated the following week at Arcadia in a showcase of talented competitors and relays at the California Track and Field Championships, but with no team recognition as part of the event. Thomas Aquinas High of Florida, after coming up just short of reaching the final in with an point setback to eventual winner DeSoto High of Texas.
And once again in the championship, the Bears demonstrated just how ificant their performances were in the field events, relying heavily on New Mexico ee Lauren Fowler and Columbia commit Helen Chu in the horizontal jumps, junior Hannah Butler in the high jump and sophomore Jordan Leveque in the pole vault, as well as junior Chinyere Egbuziem in the discus throw and shot put.
They can make all the Meet girls Buchanan in the world. In addition to the performances of Fowler and Fresno State ee Alexa Dandridge in the sprints, hurdles and relays, Buchanan also benefited from the nucleus of a distance corps that won the Division 1 state cross country title and placed fifth at Nike Cross Nationals. Sophomores Sydney Sundgren and Grace Hutchisonalong with Fresno State commit Morgan Hutchison stood up to the challenge of every lineup they faced inside of the state during the season, as well as outside California throughout the tournament.
Despite the interruptions in the schedule and the absence of a state meet once again, Dandridge knew Buchanan would maximize every opportunity it had, just like the championship group did in But with the distance depth still in place, including Kaylee Elliott and Caroline Mendykand unsung heroes throughout the lineup, such as Layla ClayMakayla DoswaldLyndsey JenningsNina NavaretteJemma Nelson and Maddie PassmoreBuchanan is prepared to handle whatever adversity and challenges it encounters in the future, both on and off the track, in order to remain one of the top programs in the country.
They really wanted to just work and showcase their abilities. I think that was the one thing they really wanted to do. Buchanan CA 70, St. Thomas Aquinas FL Buchanan High of California rose to the occasion in its first appearance in the tournament final to hand St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida another disappointing defeat in the championship showdown.
Following four years of Arizona Division 1 champion Chandler High and Texas 6A winner DeSoto High representing the West Regional in the event final, Buchanan not only beat both teams along its journey to the championship, but denied St. Thomas Aquinas from becoming the first team from the East, and Florida, to secure the title since Miami Northwestern captured the inaugural crown in DeSoto prevailed by a margin over St.
Thomas Aquinas in the final, but the Raiders rallied from a point deficit in the field events against Buchanan to mount an impressive comeback and take a brief one-point lead with three events remaining. But the veteran leadership of New Mexico ee Lauren Fowler and the distance depth of sophomores Sydney Sundgren and Grace Hutchisonalong with Fresno State commit Morgan Hutchisonhelped Buchanan become the first California program in either gender to capture the dual meet crown. Alabama programs twice stood in the way of the only California boys teams to reach the championship.
Vista Murrieta High lost by a Buchanan, which lost The Bears benefited from an uncontested sweep in the triple jump against St. Thomas Aquinas, but also had sophomores Jordan Leveque and Nina Navarette take the top two spots in the pole vault, junior Chinyere Egbuziem and senior Jazlyne Kirkman place first and second in the shot put, and junior Hannah Butler win the high jump with sophomore Makayla Doswald taking third.
The same scenario occurred in the discus throw, with freshman Lauren Thomas winning for St. They had Glasco and Frye also place second and third behind Fowler in an exceptional meter matchup. The biggest momentum shift for the Raiders occurred with thehurdles andwith St. Thomas Aquinas securing the top two spots in all three events to grab a one-point lead, with only the3, and 4x remaining.
Freshman Jemma Nelson was the only scorer in the for Buchanan, with Grace Hutchison taking third in the The four-point victory for Buchanan was the narrowest margin in any of the five girls championship matchups in tournament history. Report Block. News Write News.Masters @ Buchanan: Girls 200m: 5/24/2014
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