Goyette headed to state meet in 1,600

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Maxine Goyette is headed to her first state track and field meet. Goyette placed second in the 1,600-meter run at Friday?s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships, finishing in 5 minutes, 13.65 seconds. She is Oak Ridge?s lone state qualifier. ?Making the state meet has been a goal of mine since my freshman year,? Goyette said. ?It?s a perfect way to end my career and senior year. I?m happy about it.? Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said it was a bizarre race. ?The first lap was fairly slow and the second lap was even slower,? Fairley said. ?Nobody wanted to take it out.? Goyette moved up in the third lap and with a lap to go there were about eight runners still in the lead pack. ?The first two laps were slow, but I know that I have a pretty good kick and have the training behind me,? Goyette said. ?I tried to get out and go earlier, but I was boxed in.? Fairley added, ?The last lap was essentially the race and Max did a good job to finish second to a strong runner from Enochs,? Fairley said. ?I?ve been encouraged by her finishes lately and I really believe that if conditions are favorable she can have a good state meet and that would be a wonderful way for her to finish her career. She?s excited about her first trip to the state meet.? Goyette?s goal for the state meet is a personal-best time. To accomplish that goal, she would have to run faster than 5:05. Sean McHone came about as close as he could come to qualifying for the state meet. McHone was 40 meters away from qualifying in the 1,600 before he was passed for third place. McHone placed fourth in a personal-best time of 4:21.11 and missed out on the state meet by 8-tenths of the second. ?That was a heartbreaker,? Fairley said. ?You could just see Sean?s legs tighten up and he didn?t have that smooth finish that you like to see. ?Sean had a great year, lowering his time 12 seconds from last year and in the 1,600 that?s remarkable. He won some big meets and he had a great season.? Jacob Sipes capped off a strong season by placing sixth in the 400 meters in 49.88. He also anchored 4x100-meter relay team of Shay Mueller, Zach Youngberg and Bryce Williams, which also placed sixth with a school-record time of 43.12. Rachel Peterson and Ellie Velez ran well in the 3,200 meters, Peterson placing fifth in 11:13.99 and Velez running seventh in 11:15.28. Velez also ran the 1,600 with Goyette and placed 15th in 5:24.10, recovering from a fall about midway through the race. Jake Zeltner placed 12th in the 1,600 in 4:33.79, while Marcos Conde took 15th in the 3,200 (9:45.43) and Evan Baxter finished 21st in 10:02.72. ?It was a nice finish to our season,? Fairley said. ?Everyone was peaking in May and that?s nice to see when the kids peak for the big meets at the end of the season and are setting personal-records.?