Challengers News · Middle School Track: 4 Man Squad Finishes 4th at District


Samuel Quintero. Ty Havniear. Austin Skelton. Jack LaValley. These four young men were THE Cascade Christian Middle School team for 7th and 8th graders at the SOMSAC District Meet. Amazingly, they finished 4th out of 13 teams. Let that sink in.

Long, tall Jack LaValley won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16:15, a PR that gave him a 25-second edge over his nearest competitor. LaValley capped off his season of local competition with two more personal records: he finished 5th in the high jump with a PR of 4’09”, and his 76’07” was a new personal standard in the discus.

The Energizer Bunny has nothing on Ty Havniear. He finished third in the 3,000 meter run, recorded a PR in the 800, and he also took home a PR in the javelin with a 102-07- earning him a fourth-place finish.

Sammy Quintero is up for anything. You’d expect a young man of his stature to do throwing events….and he did. Quintero finished 4th in the discus, he also PRed in the shot put with a 34’04.” What may surprise you is the big fella runs the 100- and he has a new PR of 14:72. Believe it or not, he’s been trying his hand at the high jump, but he didn’t compete in that event for district. Maybe next year.

The award for patience goes to Austin Skelton. After concerns about safety prompted the move of what was the boys long jump and triple jump to the girls area, Skelton waited for what seemed like an eternity to compete in the triple. Delays stink. When he finally got to compete- Austin posted a new PR of 25’5″ while finishing 4th. He also scored a new PR in the javelin with a 60-05. Skelton also ran the 3,000 and finished 4th in the event.

It’s a pretty good day. Our hats off to the few and the proud.