Sweet Home track’s Kasperek places first in 1,500 at Houghton
MaKayla Kasperek made the most of her first experience running the girls 1,500-meters at the Houghton Invite Sunday at Houghton College.
The Sweet Home sophomore won the race in 5 minutes, 3.11 seconds.
“The field was loaded and she went out and won it,” Sweet Home coach Brian Lombardo said. “She ran conservatively at the quarter-mile mark and then she took over the race. She has gained a lot of confidence in the last six weeks and I think that race showed it.”
She also anchored the team’s second-place 4x400 relay that finished in 4:19.27, the relay’s second fastest time of the year. Britney Banks, Amaya Turnage and Faith Johnson also ran legs. Banks and Turnage ran personal best splits.
Turnage also finished fourth in the girls long jump in 17 feet, 4 inches. The mark was a personal best and hit the state qualifying mark, meaning if she places in the top three at sectionals she will qualify for the state meet.
Amanda Andrews finished seventh in the girls 600 in 1:46.99, a four-second personal-best time.
Bri Bucello took 20th in the girls 55 hurdles in 10.33, a personal-best time by three-tenths of a second.
Adrian Frazier took sixth in the boys 55 in 6.92, a personal best time by a tenth of a second.
Kaleb Luton qualified for sectionals in the boys triple jump (seventh, 38-3¼) and 55 hurdles (9.10 in 50 hurdles, 13th).
At the Spire High School Showcase Sunday in Geneva, Ohio, Eric Johnson took fourth in the 400 (personal best 49.55), Chris Nowak placed fifth in the 800 (1:55.78) and Nate Davis came in fifth in the 200 (22.23).
The boys 4x400 relay of Johnson, Nowak, Kyle Durwald and Davis took fifth in 3:27.04. Durwald ran a personal-best split of 52.5.
Caleb Nickens set the school record in the boys weight throw in 61-5, shattering the previous school record of 56-8 set by Aaron Mitchell in the late 1990s. The mark qualified him for the championship division at indoor nationals March 10-12 at the Armory in New York City.