LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s track teams got their conference season off to a good start Tuesday.
The Wildcats were victorious with both genders of their track meet against White Cloud, with the boys winning 93-44 and the girls winning 73- 62. Lakeview’s coaches were happy with those results despite the cold, windy conditions the Wildcats and Indians ran in. “I thought we were cold and stiff. It’s kind of not ideal weather for a track meet,” Lakeview boys coach Mark Nichols said. “But I thought it was a good first meet. Everything ran smooth. That’s what you want out of your first meet. It’s a good place to start. We’ll move forward from here.”
“I’m very excited,” girls coach Katina Kosinski said. “ They (Lakeview) performed above and beyond what I expected for our first meet of the year coming off of spring break.”
The Wildcat boys had two runners take first places in all three of their events.
Addison Mitchell won the 100 (11.74) and helped in the winning 800- meter relay (1:45.30) and the winning 400- meter relay (48.87).
And Mike Zerka was also a member of that 400-meter relay and won the shot put (41-7) and the discus (102-11).
But Nichols didn’t stop there.
“I think the whole team, as well as they did, was good” he said.
The Lakeview girls got three firsts and a second from Kenadee Roper. Roper was second in the 400 (1:08.48) but won the 200 (30.19) and was a member of the winning 800-meter (1:51.00) and 1,600- meter relays (4:55.74).
Ahkarree Pettway added three firsts and a third, winning the 100 (14.03), finishing third in the 200 (30.85) and being a member of the winning 800meter and 400- meter relays ( 57.93).
“I had a couple surprises,” Kosinski said. “ Kyra Perez, who was here last year but her times are already better from the end of last year to this year. I have a newbie this year in Stevey Hogal. She’s a freshman. A phenomenal mile she had. And then Kenadee Roper, she’s got some big goals being a senior and I’m pretty sure she’s going to beat them.”
Lakeview will run at the Morley Stanwood Relays on Saturday.
“I’d like to see our field events get some more personal bests,” Nichols said. “Everybody did OK, but I think they are capable of doing a lot better.”
“The relays are a little different because it’s relays,” Kosinski said. “But what I see today, I see the girls improving and I see the girls bringing home lots of medals.”