By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published May 10, 2007
The Our Lady of Mercy High School girls track team won its second consecutive region championship at Landmark Christian School on April 24. The team captured individual region championships in seven events, as well as winning the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
The girls returned to the state meet in Albany, May 4 and 5, and after accumulating 68 total points, head coach Mark Tolcher and his team edged out Landmark Christian School by 3 points to retain the state title.
Sophomore Raven Moore won the 100m with a time of 12.15 and also placed first in the 200m. Freshman Megan Malasarte and junior Katie Bischoff locked up second and third place, respectively, in the 400m. Sophomore Sarah Hohenberger finished third in the 800m.
The state runner-up 4×100 relay team included Malasarte, Bischoff, Kaci Clark and Moore. The state championship 4×400 relay team included Bischoff, Hohenberger, Malasarte and Moore.
On Tuesday, May 1, the Our Lady of Mercy boys track team completed a “three-peat” by winning the Class A Region 5A championship for the third year in a row. Freshmen Christian Willis won the region championship in the high jump and was the region runner up in the 800m.
Sophomore Jake Lethbridge won the region championship in the 800m, 1600m and the triple jump, and his twin brother Matt was the region runner-up in the 1600m and the region champion in the 3200m. Junior Thomas Raville was the region runner up in the 3200m.
Senior Jay Patterson was the region champion in the 100m and classmate Josh Grayson was the runner-up. Patterson was also the region runner-up in the 200m and the long jump.
Senior Ryan Bowman was the region runner-up in the shot put.
Members of the championship 4×100 relay team included Willis, Patterson and Grayson, who were also joined by senior Gene Walker. Members of the championship 4×400 relay team included Willis, Jake Lethbridge and seniors Desmond Curry and Matt Sanchez.
The Bobcats, who finished as state runner-up in 2006, will compete in the state meet in Jefferson May 10-12.