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Prep Track Notepad: Ficenec strong in 1,600 at Penn Relays

Mountain View High School hosted the Wildcat Track Classic on Saturday.

But while most of Mountain View coach Dave Davis’ athletes were participating on their home track, Davis and a few other standouts were at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Mountain View senior Kimberley Ficenec took sixth place in the 1,600 meters at the Penn Relays.

Her time of 4:52.01 is a personal best.

“She got trapped a little bit in the third 400 and by the time she mentally recovered she went from 12th to sixth,” Davis said. “But it ended up being a personal best for her, so we can’t be too disappointed.”

Ficenec has captured two Group AAA state titles in the 1,000 meters, and she’s won a national championship in the 800.

The Alabama recruit was joined in Philadelphia by the Wildcats’ 1,600 relay team, which completed its race in four minutes.

“It was a unique experience,” Davis said of that event. “We warmed up, then stood in line for 45 minutes before we were able to race.”

Back home at Mountain View, the Wildcat boys placed second to South Lakes High School. The girls finished fifth.

When Davis reviewed results from the meet, he was pleased to see senior Jesus Amezquita won the 1,600 (4:31.40) and 3,200 (9:48.35), while Meshala Morton placed second in the 100 (12.53).

INDIANS ON THE MEND

Two Stafford standout athletes have returned to the track after injuries and illness.

Junior Hannah Lowery placed sixth in the 3,200 (12:23.30) at the Dogwood Track Classic on Saturday in Charlottesville.

Lowery, the 2010 state cross country champion, missed the entire indoor season as she recovered from a low iron count and a broken bone in her ankle.

Stafford senior Justin Crabbe won the 400 (50.73) at the Wildcat Track Classic. Crabbe has missed significant time this season because of an illness.

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