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Grand Canyon Track and Field take over Skydome meet

Phantoms track and field members enjoy themselves at the NPA Skydome Classic track and meet March 7. From left: Grand Canyon freshmen Jafet Torres and Skadi Lyle, freshmen and sophmores Citlalli Torres, Seth Rivera and Felix Christiansen. (V. Ronnie Tierney/WGCN)

Phantoms track and field members enjoy themselves at the NPA Skydome Classic track and meet March 7. From left: Grand Canyon freshmen Jafet Torres and Skadi Lyle, freshmen and sophmores Citlalli Torres, Seth Rivera and Felix Christiansen. (V. Ronnie Tierney/WGCN)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Grand Canyon Phantoms boasted some big smiles at the Northland Preparatory Academy (NPA) Skydome Classic track and field meet March 7, and for good reason.

Junior Alana Keebahe not only broke the school record for shot put but also placed first in the meet.

“My first throw, I threw over 32 feet which was my personal best and this is an automatic to state,” she said.

The Division I track meet had 10 cities represented including nearby Page and Sedona.

Elna Perkins, who has been head track coach for Grand Canyon Phantoms for five years and six as coach said the team’s attitude has been very positive.

“The younger athletes are very coachable and willing to try anything we ask,” she said. “They are wanting to succeed and they’re having success.”

“Everyone is doing really well,” said Grand Canyon Phantoms coach Jeff Smith. “The teams have been putting out a lot of hard work the last four weeks and I’m actually quite surprised at how some of the freshman are doing…they’re actually exceeding my expectations. They’re very motivated and ask a lot of questions.”

The boys team came in sixth out of 10 schools and the girls team sixth out of eight schools.

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