Photo Story: Track Team Takes on Hayward

Jasmine McIntosh, Assistant Editor of Media

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  • Hayward Field at sunset.

  • Pose! Junior Natalia Gonzalez took a picture of the senior pole vaulters at Hayward Field on Thursday. Pictured left to right: Kate Sunderland, Emma Gall, Madeline Obuchowski. The track was open that night to all athletes and coaches to walk around before the meet started on Friday.

  • Smile! The girls track team took a selfie on the Hayward Field pole vault mat.

  • Senior Madeline Obuchowski smiled as her name was called in the pre-competition lineup for all the 5A pole vaulters.

  • Senior Emma Gall took off down the runway during her pole vault competition. She placed fourth with a vault of 10 feet.

  • Senior Kate Sunderland sprinted as she made her approach for pole vault.

  • Moments before release: senior Emma Gall is captured completing the last phase of her pole vault attempt as she soared over the bar.

  • Defying gravity! Senior Madeline Obuchowski flew high as she aimed to clear the bar during pole vault.

  • Senior Madeline Obuchowski received her second-place medal after competing in pole vault.

  • Making her state debut in javelin, sophomore Leia Papajack shuffled towards the line in preparation to make a throw.

  • Stick! The boys 4x100m completed their handoff from second leg runner and freshman Jayden Gilbert, to third leg runner and junior Aidan Melbinger.

  • Freshmen Jayden Gilbert and Cooper Eldon had their game faces on as they competed in the 4x100m.

  • Junior Jasmine McIntosh smiled as she received her second-place medal for the 100m with a time of 12.56.

  • Showing off the hardware! Pictured left, junior Jasmine McIntosh placed 2nd in the 100m running a 12.56 in the finals, and a 12.51 in the semifinals, a school record. She also placed 4th in the 200m, running a personal record of 25.92. Pictured middle, senior Madeline Obuchowski placed 2nd in the pole vault, with this being her final competition as a Falcon. Pictured right, junior Natalia Gonzalez made her state debut in style, placing 6th in the high jump with a personal record of 5 feet.

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The La Salle track and field team traveled to Eugene for the state championship that spanned two days, starting on Friday, May 26, and ending on Saturday evening.

Junior Natalia Gonzalez competed on Friday in the high jump and was able to beat her personal record by jumping five feet. This distance led her to place sixth in the competition. 

At the end of the day, sophomore Manu Tanzambi competed in the shot put event. He came in 10th overall with a throw of 43 feet and .25 inches, only an inch away from his personal record.

On Saturday, the boys 4x100m relay competed and took 11th place with a time of 44.07. The team consisted of two freshmen, Jayden Gilbert and Cooper Eldon, and two juniors, Milan Cieslak and Aidan Melbinger. 

Later on, seniors Madeline Obuchowski, Emma Gall, and Kate Sunderland competed in the pole vault competition. All three competitors are currently in the top five female pole vaulters at La Salle.

Sunderland placed 10th with a vault of nine feet and 6.25 inches. Gall had a vault of 10 feet, earning her a fourth-place finish. Obuchowski placed second in state with her vault of 11 feet. 

Junior Jasmine McIntosh, who had set a school record of 12.51 the previous day in the 100m prelims, finished in second place in the final 100m race with a time of 12.56. McIntosh also competed in the final for the 200m with a time of 25.92, earning her a fourth-place finish.

The Lady Falcons placed seventh overall in team standings. The girls team consisted of seven athletes, four of those having obtained medals at the championship this year.

The Falcons left Hayward with multiple new personal records, a new school record, and a satisfying ending to three seniors’ track and field careers.