There was a full week of competition in the region last week including the Centennial Invitational, which we covered in depth. Sean Keller’s Washington State record of 244-01 in the Javelin is certainly worth repeating as was Alexa Efraimson’s 2:08 in the 800 Meters. That race included 2:10 by Paige Rice & Anna Maxwell, which certainly made that a high performance meet. Not to be overlooked was Anna Maxwell’s 4:32.74 in the 1500, which was the best time in years and nearly a record.
That said, there were numerous efforts of note in other places. Marcus Dickson of White River in fact did not wait for the weekend and blitzed a 4:05 in the 1600M in a dual meet – a national leader! Of course being in a dual meet the mark was hand-time but Marcus took care of that Shoreline, when he zipped to another national leader – this time in the 800 Meters. His clocking of 1:49.45 was naturally a meet record but was just off the all-time state mark. Hap Emmons of Kingston placed second in the event with 1:53. Tatum Taylor of O’ Dea soared through the 100 Meters in 10.68 to make sure there were swift times at both ends of the running spectrum. Kai Wilmot of North Central continued the parade of great times with his 8:57.56 in the 3200M, which saw Izaic Yorks of lakes place second in 9:05. Joe Hardy of Seattle Prep dueled Korey Krotzer of Auburn Riverside, who signed with Oklahoma State, with Hardy getting the nod in 4:09.29. Krotzer was barely behind in4:09.61 and Anthony Armstrong followed in a brisk 4:10. All three runners appear in the national rankings as will Wilmot. Drew Mathews of Skyline impressed with a 48.58 to top Ezekial McNeal of Federal Way, who ran 49.45. The 300 Hurdles went to Aaron Persinger, who ran 38.82 for Federal Way. Austin Hitchcock of Todd Beamer followed with 39.99 and Persinger placed second in the 100 Hurdles behind Kaid Tipton Kentridge ’s 14.99.
Fine marks were not limited to track and Matt Gilbert of Bellevue scored in the Javelin with 192-07.50. Federal athlete Albert Havili battled Jack Scheideman of Roosevelt in the Discus with Havili getting the nod 166-03 to 161-06. Two weight men topped fifty in the Shot put with Gino Breslin of Eastlake throwing 54-06 to his rival’s 53-04. Michael Tate’s 23-03.50 edged Joshua Gordon of Liberty Issaquah, who went 23-00.5 in the Long Jump. Tay’lor Ewbanks of Cascade Everett won the Triple Jump with 47-00 and Austin Sodorff of Woodinville annexed the Pole Vault title with 14-06. The High Jump saw great rivalry with three leapers clearing 6-06 but Dakarai Hightower of Curtis got the victory with fewer misses. Joshua Gordon of LI and Joe Knight of Roosevelt earned 2nd & 3rd.
While the guys went to Shoreline the girls headed to Lake Washington, where Maddie Meyers of Northwest ran 9:37.18 to top Katie Knight of North Central, who ran 9:40. Also running well in the event were Jordan McPhee of Mt. Rainier (10:04), Chandler Olson of Woodinville (10:15) and Stephanie Rexus of Kamiakin (10:27). Meyers also led the way in the 1500 Meters with a solid 4:30.92. Chandler Olson ran 4:42 for second. Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin continued her victory streak in the 800 with her 2:13.55 defeating Lily Engelbrekt of Bishop Blanchet, who ran 2:14. Kennadi Bouyer of Curtis scored in both the 100M (12.06) and the 200M (24.78), while Alanna Vann secured 2nd in the shorter event with 12.17 and Nancy Wade of River Ridge took 2nd in the 200M with 24.87. Ellie Heiden of Kamiakin triumphed once again in the 400 Meter Run with 56.91, topping Kris Tollefson, who ran 57.36, and she also placed third in the 200M with 24.99. Michelle Stolz of Highline, who signed with North Carolina to run the hurdles at Chapel Hill, won the 300H with 44.97 and then traded places with Cecelia Jackson from Holy Names, who ran 14.38 in the 100H.
In the Field Montana Pellegrini of Thomas Jefferson went 10-06 to take the Pole Vault and Carly Anderson threw the Javelin 128-03 for Mercer Island. The Long Jump witnessed a close contest between Brandi Williams of Auburn Riverside (18-06) and Floriane Kameni of Bellevue (18-03), while Madelyn Magee of Bear Creek went 5-06 to score in the High Jump over Juanita’s Molly Grager, who cleared 5-04 along with Andrea Stapleton of Kamiakin. Grager had fewer misses and secured second place. Alana Coker of Thomas Jefferson had a very solid 39-03 in the Triple Jump and was followed by Kelly Cronic of Juanita (37-05) & Nhautrey Brown of Garfield (37-02)
The Shelton Invitational had athletes of both sexes and Isaiah Brandt-Sims of Wenatchee take both short sprints in 10.77 and 21.73 and Erika Lombardo of Auburn Mountainview did the same for the girls with marks of 12.82 & 25.80. The hurdles’ times were scorching with Daniel Zmuda running 14.83 and 38.36, which gave him surprisingly little to spare over Rashon Smith of Timberline, who ran 15.19 & 38.47. Craig Allen of North Mason ran a fine 38.50 in the longer event to take third. There certainly wasn’t any lack of speed in the 400 with Marcus Chambers of Foss rolling through the circuit in 47.86. Andrew Brown of Tumwater ran 48.51 & Derrick Jones of Gig came in with 48.99 to make it a most impressive event. Brenna Peloquin of Gig Harbor scored in the mile with 5:12 but the guys had a heated battle in their race, which Nicholas Boersma of Wenatchee won with 4:17. Dallas Snider of W F West and Wolfgang Beck of Gig both ran 4:19, although Beck suffered a DQ giving third to his teammate Logan Carroll. Boersma once again doubled back successfully in the 800M winning that event in 1:53. Mason Fletcher of Puyallup (1:55) & Will Drinkwater of Gig Harbor (1:56) secured the next two spots. It was a good week for Drinkwater, who decided to commit to Stanford. Jacob Smith continues his return with injury – this time with a victory in the 3200M in 9:03. Curtis King of Peninsula & Mark Tedder of Battle Ground placed 2nd & 3rd. Winners in the Field events included Tyler Ambrose (Shot - 52-00) for the Harbor, Phoung Truong (Discus – 164-02 for Mt. Tahoma) and Brady Stevens (190-00 in the Javelin for Mt. Si)
In other girls’ events Courtney Just of Gig Harbor edged Alexandra Lanzafame of North Kitsap 17-00.50 to 17-00.25. Just also claimed the Triple Jump with 37-04. Kimmie Stueckle of Emerald Ridge nipped Reagan Colyer of North Kitsap in the Hurdles 15.23 to 15.33, while Alissa Brooks-Johnson of Pe Ell scored in the 300H with 44.87, which was the same time credited to Colyer, who was placed second. Marina Roberts of Kinston ran 10:48 to win the 3200 with Sofia Kane Olympia (10:57) taking second. Times were swift in the 400 Meter Run but Alexis Fesenbek was the only runner to break 59 with her 58.50 but five runners ran 59 & change. Bellarmine Prep’s Hannah Derby had a close battle with Rose Christen of Central Kitsap in the 800M with Derby getting the edge with 2:17.36 to win by .43 of a second.
Not to forget our friends in Idaho there was action in Minico, which featured a match-up of national class athlete Erik Harris & Dallin Farnsworth. Unfortunately it was anti-climactic with Farnsworth running sick, which left Harris pretty much unchallenged, as he raced to victory in 10:22. Ryden Crowther of Preston placed second in 10:35. Daniel Perry of Rigby won the 1600M with 4:47 & Alan Cazeau of Kimberly won the 100M with 10.84 defeating Kimball Hardman, who ran 11.04. Scott Mecham of Rigby just missed breaking forty with his mark of 40.00 in the 300 Hurdles. Tevian Body soared 14-00 o the Pole Vault and Rigby’s John Nelson impressed with 23-00 in the Long Jump. Jasmine Branch was a double winner for the girls with victories in the 100M (12.80) & 200M (27.07). Kayla Adams annexed the 100M Hurdles with 15.65, while Claire Goss of Twin Falls scored in the 300 Hurdles with 49.31 after placing second (16.44) in the short event behind Rigby’s Goss.
Back in Oregon Summit hosted an invitational in Bend and Sarah Frazier led the home squad with a victory in the 100M in 12.61 and added a third in the 200M. Kelly Audiss of Roseburg won the 400M with 58.64 and was followed closely by Mountain View runners Krysta Kroeger & Macaulay Wilson, who both ran 59. The Storm went 1 -2 in both the 1500 & the 800, as Ashley Maton topped freshman Piper McDonald 4:45 to 4:55 in the longer event and Karly Gordon edged Sara Fristoe 2:23.00 to 2:23.50 in the two-lapper. Madison Walker won the Steeplechase at 2K for Summit with 8:02. Annie Sidor of Summit went 11-00 to top Tesla Wright of Bend (10-06) in the Pole Vault Gabriel Kearney of Roseburg threw 120-03 to take the Javelin.
There were steeplechase events run at both the 2K & 3K distances for the boys with Ben Rist of Central Linn running 7.44 in the shorter event & Dakota Thornton of Mountain View taking the longer in 10:59. Bradley Laubacher of Summit was the winner of the High Jump with 6-08 and La Pine’s Deion Mack soared 14-07 to win the Pole Vault. The 1500 saw a good contest between Matthew Maton of Summit, Ryan Maag of Nyssa & Zack Holloway of Central Linn and it was the freshman, who won with a time of 4:07. Seniors Maag (4:09) & Holloway (4:10) earned 2nd & 3rd. Max Hamilton scored a victory for Phoenix with his time of 1:59.06 in the 800M, which gave him a second to spare over Summit’s Eric Aldritt. Joseph Ewers of CL scored in the 3K with 9:11, while Josue Avilaz of Central Linn earned victory in the 100M with 11.44. Michael Wilson of Summit easily garnered the 400M in 49.90. Redmond’s Jacob Crevllone earned a double triumph with wins in the Shot Put (51-03) & in the Discus (145-07). The contest in the Javelin was close with Selmar Hutchins III throwing 168-03 to best J C Grim of Bend, who went 166-03.
Athletes from Nevada and California travelled to Klamath Falls for the Sterling Bank Invitational making it sort of the State of Jefferson meet for track. McQueen High of Nevada dominated the girls’ & guys’ competition with comfortable victories in the team scoring. Haley Harris of McQueen won both the 200M (25.94) & the 400M (57.60) but Sophia Landau of Lakeview gave a good account of herself in the longer race with a time of 59.40. Harris also scored in the 800M with 2:20, as Sierra Brown of Hidden Valley finished second. It was McQueen once again in the distances but this time it was Laura Palacios, who earned a double with times of 5:06 in the 1500M & 11:03.54 in the 3K. It was the same story in the hurdles with McQueen’s Katy Hufford sweeping both events with 15.78 and 46.55. The Nevadans scored in both the Pole Vault and Long Jump, as Natasha Black went 11-07 and Katy Hufford flew 17-10.50. Jo-Anne Jesse of Cascade Christian broke the McQueen victory parade by claiming the Shot Put (40-01.75) over McQueen’s Karyna Armstrong (40-01.50) but then it was Armstrong on the podium in the Discus with 118-02. The Javelin proved, not surprisingly, to be an Oregon event, as Bailey Bars of Hidden Valley threw for 136-04. Hannah Morris of Eagle Point (123-04) & Jo-Anne Jesse of Cascade Christian (122-01) earned the next two places & Raycne Parker of Henley took fourth with 106-11.
McQueen was not quite as dominant in the male division and Yreka’s Eric Neill scored in the 1500 with 4:09 and the Henley duo of Garrison Iams (4:10) & Zorg Loustalet (4:11) made it an Oregon sweep of the top three. Mazama’s Paul Adams had a facile victory in the 3K with 8:50 but Arnold Carrillo of McQueen zipped a 400M in 48.60 and also triumphed in the 100M. Tyrone Holmes of Eagle Point won the 100H with 15.35 and McQueen ’s Cody Sharp scored in the longer event with 40.90. Hidden Valley’s Jefferson Jarvis was victorious in both the Shot Put (58-11.50) and the Discus (171-11) and Tyrone Holmes of EP earned 2nd in the Shot with 51-07. The Javelin was once again an Oregon event & it produced solid marks by Lane Roseberry of Lakeview (185-06) & Garrett Snow of Eagle Point (184-03). Eric Neill came back in the800M to take that event in 2:00.01 to nip Hudson Eustace of Cascade Christian, who ran 2:00.55 and in the 200M there was a very close duel in which Triad Christian’s Gabe Dugard (22.77) edged Sebastian Feysinger (22.78) and Mitch Gillespie (22.93) of McQueen.
At the Central Coast Invitational Dalton Milburn tossed the Shot Put 51-05 and followed with a win in the Discus with 165-05. He had a nice duel in the javelin with Jon Everett of Bandon, who threw 161-11, but earned a trifecta with a toss of 165-05. Colton Thurman leaped 6-04 for Marshfield to claim the High Jump and Connor Devereaux, also from Marshfield, took the 800 Meters with 2:00.84. Siuslaw’s Mitchell Butler scored in the 3K with 9:21. Madelyn Metzler of Marshfield was a double winner with victories in the 100M (12.89) & the 200M (26.64). Mareyna Karlin went 11-00 in the Pole Vault for Marshfield and her team mate Shannon Boatright scored in the Triple Jump & the High Jump.
Returning to Idaho the YMCA Meet was held in Meridian and it offered plenty of action for teams also from Oregon & Nevada. Bishop Kelly’s Emily Nist followed up her previous banner race, when she went sub five minutes in the 1600 meters with a victory in 5:00.21. Emily fought a close contest with MaryJo Wright of Elko, Nevada, who ran 5:00.86, and Mikayla Malaspina of Vallivue, who followed in 5:06. Sierra Manzer of Kuna led the way in the 3200M with 11:19 and was followed by Victoria O’Neil of Boise (11:24) & Dana Snell of Rocky Mountain (11:26). Marquita palmer of Weiser forged the way in the 800M with a winning 2:16.89 to top MaryJo Wright and Briana Tiffany of BK, who both were credited with 2:18. Jade Childs of Capital was a double winner with victories in the Long Jump in 18-05 and in the Hurdles in 14.58. Lillian Ball of Timberline scored in the Long Hurdles with 46.41. Alex Van Halder of Columbia also won two events: the 100M in 12.64 & the 200M in 25.78. Times were quick in the 400 Meters with Hannah Cain of winning in 58.66, as Jacarei Echevarria of Rocky Mountain and Emilee Schlader of Lewiston both followed in 59 seconds. In other girls’ events Anna DuBois of Elko won the Shot (41-07), Claire Otero of Vallivue took the Discus (132-09), Andi McBride of Vallivue claimed the High Jump (5-04) & Megan Ralston of Lewiston swept the Triple Jump (36-05).
Pocatello’s amazing freshman Elijah Armstrong roared through the 3200M in 9:31 leaving Connor Wolf (9:45)of Elko & Dylan Crevelt of Cascade (9:47) in his wake. Elijah also placed fifth in a hotly contested 1600 Meters, which was won by Thomas Rigby of Boise in 4:20.51. Wolf followed in second in 4:21, while Jacob Meeker of Mountain View, Jordon Wallin of Rocky Mountain & Armstrong, who were all credited with 4:22. Rigby was also victorious in the 800M with 1:57. D J Hazzard of Idaho City was a double winner with victories in the 100M (10.83) and the 200M (22.32). Josh Wallin of Rocky Mountain just missed breaking fifty seconds in the 400M with his 50.63. Boise’s Peter Maguire ran 14.18 to top Joe Delgado of Ontario (14.82) in the 100 Hurdles. The pair continued their rivalry in the 300 Meter Hurdles finishing first (38.88) and third (39.960 respectively with Dylan Raymond of Idaho Falls sandwiched between them in 39.70. Delgado scored a victory in the Long Jump with 21-09. Dajuan Natty of Elko edged Marcell King of Capital in the Triple Jump 41-11.25 to 41-00. There was a quartet of guys over fifty in the Shot Put with Eli McCullough topping the bill with 55-09. Second went to Zach Havlovick of Skyline (55-03) and third went to Zac Homer of Eagle with 54-09. Jalmer Ludwig of Centennial was fourth in 50-05.5. Jake Knight of Rocky Mountain won a tight contest with Zac Homer & James Tucker in the Discus and prevailed with 166-08. Homer was second with 162-08 and Tucker, like Knight from Rocky Mountain, threw 160-06.
The YMCA gave future stars currently in Middle School a chance to shine and Kaylee Oyler of Heritage (Meridian) ran a brilliant 800 Meters for an 8th grader with 2:21. Bryson Shira of Adrian topped the boys with 2:10.
The Tomahawk Classic in Washington gave evidence of Squalicum ’s Brittany Gappa ’s speed in the 800M, which she won in 2:18 but Caracol Haley of University Prep was close behind in 2:19. Tahoma’s Elizabeth Ousterhout topped the 1600M in 5:22 & Rachel Cundy of Lakewood took the 3200M (11:18) For the guys Wade Weinart of Stanwood scored in the 1500M with 4;30, while Andrew Myers of King’s edged Riley Campbell of Tahoma by a second with his 9:59 clocking. Chris Fredlund edged his Squalicum team mate pat Gibson in the 800M by a second with his 1:58. Cody House of Marysville-Pilchuck sped to victory in the 400M with 50.30. Jared Jensen of Squalicum won the Shot Put with 52-02 and then was edged by Beau Huffer of Snohomish in the Discus 142-08 to 142-00. Connor O’Kinsella of Lakewood topped the javelin field with 165-00. In other girls’ events Kristen Webber of Squalicum cleared 11-06 in the Pole Vault, as Issaquah’s Eva Perry was close behind with 11-00. Karlie Storkson of King’s led the way in the girls’ 400M with 57.80 and Olivia Ranft of Tahoma & Mack Weiburg of Issaquah both ran 59. Gina Flint of Issaquah scored in both the Shot Put & Discus with her marks of 42-11 & 137-11 but Kaci Jones of Stanwood led the way in the Javelin with 125-07 after placing second in the Discus with 129-02.
Florence’s Central Coast Invitational saw Madelyn Metzler of Marshfield win both the 100M (12.89) & the 200M (26.64). Mareyna Karlin, also from Marshfield, took the Pole Vault in 11-00 and their team mate Shannon Boatright scored in the Triple Jump with 31-07.75. Caitlyn Robinson of Myrtle Point & Michelle Cottier of Oakland both topped 30-00. Mitchell Butler of Siuslaw scored in the 3K with 9:21 and Connor Devereaux of Marshfield won the 800M in 2:00.84. Dalton Milburn of Marshfield swept both the Shot (51-05), Discus (165-05) and the Javelin (166-01), while Bandon’s Jon Everest placed second in the Javelin in 161-11. It was a Marshfield athlete once again in the High Jump, when Colton Thurman topped 6-04.