BLANCHARD — The overwhelming theme of the 2013 Montabella track season was the youth of the two teams.
“Both teams were really young. We had hardly any seniors,” said coach Dan Gibson.
But the Mustang girls were the biggest surprise of the season, coming close to winning the Mid-State Activities Conference.
“Our girls were disappointed because we were ahead going into the last meet and we got passed by Carson City and Sacred Heart,” Gibson said. “We just didn’t have enough kids this year.”
There were a few runners that caught Gibson’s eye this season.
“Zach Taubitz won the conference in the long jump and was second in the pole vault,” he said. “He was the first non-senior in the 100. We thought he had a really great year. Parker Eldred was one of our captains. He had a really solid year.”
The Mustang girls sent four to the state finals, as Kenzie Garvey and Taylor Smith had two events they were running in. They were standouts to Gibson.
“Kenzie Garvey broke the school record in the 800, a record that has been there since 1981,” Gibson said. “She finished ninth in the state which was disappointing because one more spot and she would have been all-state. Taylor Smith ran well in the two-mile and she was also in the 4-by-8 (3,200-meter relay).”
Still, there is some work to do for both teams to compete for an MSAC title next season.
“We’re really excited about next season because we had a lot of guys make progress,” Gibson said. “aubitz and Kelton Eldred made a lot of progress in the sprints. We’re thinking we’re in pretty good shape.”
Gibson hopes the Montabella girls compete for another MSAC title next season.
“The girls, we only had one senior and most of the points came from the freshmen,” he said. “We see some sprinters coming in from the middle school. The big thing for us for our girls was we didn’t score a lot of points in the sprint events. We’re getting a lot of eighth-graders.”