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5/22/2013 3:22:00 PM
Parton, Merritt, Cummings and Lee qualify for State Track
Dennis Merritt qualified in the 100 and 200.
Dennis Merritt qualified in the 100 and 200.
Ian Dunn

A quartet of Kodiaks have qualified for the State 1A Track meet this weekend in Cheney. Freshman Maddy Parton qualified in the 100, 200 sprints and 300 hurdles. Sophomore Dennis Merritt qualified in the 100 and 200. Senior Mara Cummings made it in the 400 and 800. Junior Tyler Lee qualified in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

As a team, the boys finished tied for seventh with 39 points. Quincy was the champion with 92 points. The Cascade girls finished in sixth place with 41 points. Lakeside was the girl's champ with 144 points.

Parton has had an outstanding freshman year. Cascade Head Coach Rob Rosenau ranks her up there with two other Kodiak greats, Gwenna Carrie and Megan Franza. In fact, Parton broke Carrie's freshman record in the 100 and Franza's freshman record in the 200.

She won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 100 and 200 at the Bi-District meet.

"Very outstanding for a freshman to qualify for State, especially in three events," Rosenau said. "She is a coach's dream. Done everything asked of her."

Merritt is carving a place in the Kodiak record books as one of the best ever sprinters. He holds the freshman and sophomore records in the 100. He finished second in the 100 and 200 at Bi-Districts.

"I would rate him our number three sprinter of all all time, a little bit behind Boone Davis," he said. "Dennis did an outstanding job. He works hard and is consistent. He hates to lose."

Cummings was third in both her events, the 400 and 800. This is only her second full season of track, he said. She qualified for state as a freshman, then was busy with other activities as a sophomore and junior and only competed a partial season.

"I am really proud of her. It's been hot and cold. She has asthma, so we lucked out. It was a cool day," he said.

Lee only started running hurdles last year, he said. He has some serious wheels. Lee broke the junior record in the 200. He came in third in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Rosenau said he has been fighting shin splints all season.

Jennifer Novikoff finished eighth in the 3200. Freshman Daniel Olmstead was 6th in the 1600. Another frosh Austin Cassayre was ninth in the pole vault. The 4x100 team of Merritt, Lee, Noax Wood and Vinne Anzalone finished sixth.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or editor@leavenworthecho.com.

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