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By Tony Gorman
For the Star 

Buccaneers end season on high note

Track and Field athletes see best and worst at state


The Buccaneers Track and Field team may have put away their running shoes for the year, but not before setting a number of school records, personal bests and plenty of lessons learned.

Junior Patrick Stanton had the best finish of the Valdez High School athletes who competed last week at the State Track and Field Meet at Dimond High School in Anchorage. The junior jumped 5 feet, 8 inches for a second place tie in the high jump with Monroe Catholic’s Lucas Button.

“Patrick did a great job,” Bucs coach Ron Langseth said. “I’m looking forward to seeing more from him.”

The girls’ 4x400 relay team of Zoe Langseth, Mesa Rohrer, Alexis Wood, and Sidney Hursh finished fourth and set a school record with a time of 4:27.448 minutes. The performance even surprised the coach.

“Our girls did a pretty substantial job considering the competition,” Langseth said. “I really didn’t expect them to place that high. It’s pretty exciting for them.”

Rohrer also placed in the high jump with a 5 foot, 6 inch jump - good enough for fifth place.

Keefe McIntosh closed out his career by placing in the Top 10 in two events. The senior finished fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.928 and sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.756.

While there were some high points from the meet, there were also some low points. Langseth was unable to defend her title in the 400 meters after disqualifying in the event. Langseth said she was doomed thanks to a false start.

“She jumped a little early and that all it takes. They called her for it. That’s unfortunate for her,” Langseth said.

The boys’ 4x200 relay team of McIntosh, Stanton, Andrew Hedman, and Zac Howard was also disqualified after an illegal exchange during the last lap of the race.

Overall, Langseth said he was proud not only with his team’s performance at the State Meet but also with the season overall.

“We had a lot of kids improving their time throughout the year. We had a lot of kids set new records,” Langseth said. “Those things show me that this group of kids coming through hopefully it grows and spreads towards the youngsters coming up through.”


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