Girls’ track and field takes ninth overall at Nike Track Nationals

By Michael Aronson

After a record setting month at the CIF state championships and at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, the Harvard-Westlake track team finished ninth overall at the Nike Track Nationals with Amy Weissenbach  ’12 and Cami Chapus ’12 each earning wins in events at Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Weissenbach, who was recently named the Gatorade national girls’ track and field athlete of the year, won the 800-meter event with a time of 2:08.91 just over six seconds from her personal record in the event which also stands as the National Federation high school record.

Chapus, the current national outdoor leader in the mile with a time of 4:42.71 set a few weeks ago, was yet again victorious in the race with a time of 4:56.15.

The Nike meet was Hillary King’s ’11 and Lauren Hansson’s ’11 final meet as a Wolverine before moving on to San Francisco State and Duke, respectively.

King was ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.50 seconds and finished fifth in the long jump with an effort of 17 feet, 10 1/4 inches.

“I am more happy that I got this experience with these amazing girls and coaches and the wonderful trips and fun we all had over these four years than being sad that it’s over,” King said. “I love this team and I’m so thankful for all the support I had this year especially.”

Hansson matched her fourth place result last year in the 400-meters with a time of 56.70 seconds.
Evan Brown ’12 took twelfth in the shot put and Abbie Neufeld ’12 finished ninth in the discus event with a throw of 92 feet. Mintis Hankerson ’14 finished ninth in the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 11 3/4 inches and Elena Crowe cleared 9 feet, 3 1/4 inches to finish seventh in the pole vault.