Liberty Bell track team primed for league championships – Washington News

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Freshman Willow Temple took second place in the high jump at the Manson Invite.

By Don Nelson

The Liberty Bell High School track team heads into this week’s CWB league championships on the momentum of promising late-season performances at two meets last week.

The league meet is on Wednesday (May 10) at Tonasket. In the past, the meet has been staged at Liberty Bell, but the Mountain Lions’ track is in need of upgrading that is scheduled to happen this summer.

The top four in each event automatically advance to districts the following week in Quincy, with the fifth-place finisher having to wait for the results of the District 5 meet, Liberty Bell coach Rocky Kulsrud said. “If our fifth-place finisher has a better time or distance than District 5’s fourth-place finisher, then they also move on to districts. At districts the top four finishers qualify for the state meet in Cheney,” he said.

At the Manson Invite on May 2, where 10 schools were represented, the Liberty Bell girls’ team won with 164 points, followed by Bridgeport and Chelan.

The girls took first place in half-a-dozen events. “This was a good day for a number of girls, particularly Lucy Cole, Willow Temple, Athena Milani, Ava Mott and Icel Sukovaty,” Kulsrud said.

Some highlights:

• Temple, a freshman, cleared 4 feet 6 inches in her first high jump competition, tying for second with Liberty Bell’s all-time record-holder Lauren Fitzmaurice, who is recovering from an ankle injury. Temple also placed in the discus and javelin. Finally, she set a personal record in the long jump for fourth place.

• Cole had a season-best…

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