Spring break may have been accompanied by inclement weather but it did not prevent a number of athletes to post strong early season marks in track. Without a doubt no one was more impressive in the area than Marcus Dickson of White River, who raced to an excellent 1:50.89 in the 800 Meter Run. Marcus’ time is the current best in the nation. Finishing second in that race was Korey Krotzer, who usually competes in longer events, yet still ran a fine 1:55 on Saturday.
In other boys’ action at the Kent Meridian Invitational Joe Knight of Olympic won the High Jump with 6-06 and was followed by Dakota Hightower of Curtis, whose mark was 6-04. The 400 Meter had some swift action with Tumwater’s Andrew Brown edging Kris Durr of Emerald Ridge 49.24 to 49.30. The 1600M went to Curtis King of Peninsula, who went 9:37.52, as he crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead of six seconds over Talon Abernathy of Kentridge. Kentridge runner Sterling Bath ran 4:26 in the 1600 Meter Run with Matt Lunn of Olympic placing second.
In young men’s Shot Put competition a mark of over fifty is the standard bench mark for quality and the Kent event had two throwers better that standard. Jack Schiedman of Roosevelt went 53-03 to claim first ahead of Isaac Seumalo of Corvallis, who tossed 50-10. Jordan Pulu of Federal Way had a mark of 48-08 placing third. The Discus crown went to Phuong Truong of Mt. Tahoma, whose 155-02 topped Walker Williams of Tacoma Baptist. In other field event action among the guys Josh Smith of Kent Meridian won with 12-06, while the Long Jump saw a close contest between Cameron Braithwaite of Port Angeles & D J May of Federal Way 21-06 to 21-03.
Zachary Smith topped the field in the 100 Meter Dash, when the Olympic athlete ran 11.13. Keivarae Russell of Mariner scored in the 200M (22.33). Kaid Tipton (14.93) of Kentridge edged Abu Kamara of KM (14.96) of KM in the High Hurdles, while Reggie Collins of Kentridge led the way in the long hurdle event with 14.96.
Brandi Williams of Auburn Riverside was a double winner in the girls’ events scoring victories in the 100 with 12.62 and the 200M with 26.00. Malika Waschmann of Corvallis had a fine winning time of 49.13 in the 400 Meter Run, while Anne Torfin of Tumwater placed second in 60.36. Peyton Johnson of Lakeside was a close third in 60.95. Cassidy Brown of Auburn Riverside earned a hard-fought victory in the 800 Meter run with a time of 2:21.53. Brigit Behrens of Corvallis, who had won at Canby on Wednesday, placed second in 2:22.31, which gave her a bit of a margin over her team mate Justine Feist, who ran 2:22.90. Behrens ran the first leg in the victorious 4 by 800 Meter Relay, which Feist anchored. Their winning time was 9:52, which won by over half a minute. Malika Waschmann ran the second leg and Kinda Butt contributed as the third runner in an event we’d love to see at State along with a Distance Medley.
Girl’s distance action evidenced fine competition up front with Lily Engelbrechkt of Bishop Blanchet topping Rachel Atwood of AR: 11:00 to 11:04. The 1600M was even closer as Rose Christen of Central Kitsap edged marina Roberts of Kingston. Both runners were credited with versions of 5:12.
Alyx Toeaina of Kentwood won both the Shot Put and the Discus (131-08). Her SP was a fine 40-07, while Quin Lawrence of Spanaway & Anne Waldrop of Corvallis placed second & third with 34-10 & 33-09 respectively. Rachel O’ Neil of Auburn Riverside won the 100H in 15.39 and Reagan Colyer of North Kitsap scored in the Highs with 45.85.
In other action in the field Beth Parrish topped the Pole Vaulters with 10-07 for Kentwood. Kennadi Bouyer of Curtis nipped Brandi Williams of AR 18-04 to 18-00 in the Long jump. The High Jump title went to Federal Way athlete Dyesha Belhumeur, who cleared 5-00. Ali Rudseth won the Triple Jump with 36-11, as the AR runner topped Kimmie Stueckle of Emerald Ridge, who jumped 36-04.
There was some action from earlier that had been over-looked and a few marks definitely need to be credited.
Grizzily Invitational at McMinnville
This meet held in McMinnville on Friday 3/22 was high-lighted by Paige Rice of St. Mary’s Academy, who won the 800 Meter Run in 2:19 and earlier claimed the Mile in 5:03. SMA runners followed Paige taking positions 2-9. Carly Januzzi of St. Mary’s topped the filed in the 400M with her mark of 59.79. Maddie Kath, also from SMA, led the way in both the 100M (13.53) & the 200M (28.06). Claire Henry of Yamhill Carlton triumphed in the 3K with 11:44.
The home team had plenty to cheer about after Ariel Oliver heaved the Discus a fine 140-11. Vernona’s Lea Wilson placed second in that event (107-04) but won the Shot Put with 35-03. Megan Bannister was victorious in the Javelin with the McMinnville athlete credited with a mark of 102-06. Lucy Bellvue of McMinnville the High Jump with five feet even and also score in the Triple with 32-03. Elizabeth King of St. Mary’s topped the list in the Pole Vault by clearing 10-00.
Trevor Walker of Central Linn went 49-03 in the Shot and also claimed the Discus with 135-09. Tim Tatton of McMinnville was a close second in the Discus with 135-03 but was victorious in the javelin with 157-05. Felix DeVera of the Grizzlies scored in the Pole Vault with 1-06.
In the boys’ track events Kane Kennedy of McMinnville ran a solid 52.51 in the 400M. Kennedy also claimed the 100M in 10.36. Tim Anderson of McMinnville topped Zach Holloway of Central Linn in the 800 Meter Run 2:05 to 2:07. Nathan Fleck of Vernona won the Mile with 4:53, as Mike Wittenburg of Yamhill Carlton placed second with 4:56. Mark LaCoste scored in both the Hurdles events: winning the 100M in 15.83 & the 300M in 42.86.
Diana Thurmond Invitational
Eastern Oregon lent an opportunity to athletes on that Friday (3/23) and Katriel O’Reilly of Union scored in both the 800 meters and the 3K. She ran 2:27.62 in the 800M & then followed with 11:35. Taylor Smith of Grant Union topped the javelin field with 105-01.
Ryan Maag of Nyssa secured the boys’ 1500 Meter crown with 4:15, while Jack O’Leary of Paisley ran 4:22. Maag ‘s 10:30 in the 3K saw him place second in the event behind Michael O’Reilly of Union, who ran 10:00. Colton Eubanks of Powder Valley scored in the men’s 100 Meter Dash with 11.76.
Idaho runners contributed a few times of note that same day with Kaleala Bass of Grangeville clearing 5-04 in the High Jump. The guys’ weight events saw Justin Lindsley, also from Grangeville, win the Discus with 152-00 and the Shot Put with 46-02. Cole Zacha of Lewiston was a close second in that event with 45-03.
The previous Thursday (3/22) Oregon coast athletes competed in Florence and Miriam Schumucker of North Bend won the Javelin with 11404. Madison Ransom of North Bend (100-10) & Briona DeSantis os Siuslaw (100-03) were not far behind. Lindsey Wright of Reedsport won both the High Jump (5-00) and the Pole Vault (10-00). Wright also annexed the Long Jump title with 16-08. Alex Jellison of Douglas also cleared 10-00 in the Vault but had more missed attempts. Katy Potter of Siuslaw led the field in the 1500 with 5:10.
Wilson Hodge of Coquille went 129-01 for a victory in the Discus. The boys’ 1500 saw a duel between Bradley Ferner of Douglas & Matt Campbell of Siuslaw, which Ferner claimed by a second with 4:15.