Northwest Review 4-14

       It was a big weekend for Northwest athletes but nobody had a bigger day than Haley Crouser.  The Gresham super-star hurled the Javelin an incredible 181-02.   From now on she’ll be in the unique position of having to put ‘improve national record’ on her to-do list.  The season is young and she is only a junior, so who knows, but she has already made this season very special.   We covered the Aloha Relays on Friday, so there is now need to review everything, so we‘ll leave a link for those interested.

      The national lists have just been updated and the Pasco Invitational made an impression, as Marcus Dickson of White River moved to third in America with his winning 4:09.08 clocking.   Finishing close behind him were Erik Harris of Twin Falls and Korey Krotzer of Auburn Riverside, whose variations of 4:10 moved them to fourth & fifth in the nation.  High Jumpers Austin Hightower & Melissa Merrill barely missed adding their names on the national scene with their marks of 6-10 & 5-08 respectively.

     In other action the Robinson Twilight in Roseburg contributed a number of noteworthy events including Erin Clark’s effort of 10:07 in the 3K.   The South Eugene star won a battle of Oregon XC champions by topping Megan Fristoe of 5A Summit, who ran a fine 10:14.  Not far behind was her team mate Piper McDonald in 10:17.    Lucinda Howard of Summit led the High Jump with a solid 5-06, while Bradley Laubacher, also from Summit , won the men’s HJ with 6-06.   The girls’ 1500 Meters produced a number of fine times with Sara Tsai of South Eugene leading the way with 4:41.  Sierra Brown of Hidden Valley followed in second with 4:44, while Maggie Schmaedick of Sheldon (4:47), Alisha Luna of Klamath Union (4:49) and Sara Fristoe of Summit (4:49) all recording solid efforts.   Jackson Darlan of Sheldon topped the guys’ 1500 with 4:01 giving him a three second margin over Eric Aldritt and Sam Nafziger, both of Summit, who ran 4:04 & change.    Jefferson Jarvis threw the Shot Put 59-04 to win for Hidden Valley.  Not far behind were Jacob Foutz of Sheldon (55-03) and Trevor Walker of Central Linn (51-04).  Foutz and Jarvis switched positions in the Discus going 174-11 and 173-07.   Brian Einstad of South Eugene led the way in the boys’ 3K with 8:47.86.  Paula Adams of Mazama ran 4:51, while Zorg Loustalet of Henley (8:54) & Maton Maton of Summit (also 8:54) gave chase.    Ashley Maton topped the female version of the 800 Meters with 2:14 and South Eugene’s Paige Kouba had a 2:17.

    This marked the first year in some time that we’ve missed the Sandy Invitational but with Paco being on the same day it could not be helped.  Still the Sandy meet produced some quality efforts including Shannon Susbauer’s double in the 1500M (4:42) & 3k (10:42.50).  The home crowd had plenty to cheer about as McKenzie Warren won both the Shot with 41-10 & the Discus with 136-03.  Cherlyn Bunker of Newport placed second in the Shot  with 41-08.  Jeremy Moore of Tigard topped Jarrad Schulte, also from Tigard, in the Shot 58-08 to 54-01 and then earned second in the Discus behind Oshey Dunmore of Newport 159-01 to 152-04.    Kaylie VanLoo of Glencoe had a throw of 150-04 in the Javelin, which not only led the girls but was not far behind the guys, yet it was not even her PR.  

      Washington athletes had a successful invasion of Oregon’s Willamette Falls Invitational with Alexis Fuller of Union leading the way with victories in both the 1500M (4:46.70) & the 3K (10:33).  Kelsey Hilsenger of Putnam ran 10:43 to claim second in the longer event.   Roman Kirkov, who has been hindered by a knee problem, topped Mark Tedder in the 1500. The Union runner bested his Battle Ground rival 4:03 to 4:04.  Tedder came back to triumph in the 3K with 8:49, as Jose Macias (8:58) & Eduardo Juarez (9:00) took the next two places.  Kei-Jian Buckley of Liberty soared 6-08 to claim the High Jump.    There were some very solid efforts in the throws with Andy Rondema of Oregon City securing a title in the Javelin with 194-00 and his team mate Beau Brousseau taking the Shot with 57-08.   The girls’ Shot saw a narrow victory for Hermiston’s Mckenzie Byrd, who threw 41-00, over Mckayla Friend of Oregon City, who went 40-00.

     Friday’s Laker Invitation had a number of events of note, especially in the distances, where Claire DeVoe of Lincoln, Kelly O’Neill of Lakeridge & Emily Weber of South Salem had a great duel in the 1500M.  DeVoe won with 4:40 and O’Neill (4:44) & Weber (4:47) earned second & third.  Weber came back in the 3K to top Alexandra Cross of Tualatin 10:45 to 10:52.  Justin Rocereto of Southridge topped the guys in the 1500M with 4:09.18.   The Shot Put had a close contest, which produced quality marks for Junior Espita of South Salem & Nathan Leddige.  The two team mates both had throws of 50-00.   Kayleigh young of Lakeridge secured the Javelin title with 137-09.   Fans witnessed a speedy girls’ 400 meter Run, when Arianna Pumpelly of Tualatin bested Krissy Hengessa of Lakeridge 57.14 to 58.31.

     In Vancouver the Ingram Twilight gave Camas’ Alexa Efraimson a chance to shine and she contributed solid winning performances in the 800M with 2:15 & the 1600M 4:57.20.   Colby Gilbert of Skyview continued his fine spring with a victory in the longer event topping Andrew Dupay of Camas 9:39 to 9:42.   Kelso’s John Gustin went 50-00 to win the Shot Put and Jameson Shirley of Skyview topped the field in the Pole Vault with 14-06.   Columbia River’s Jennifer DeBellis led the girls’ PV with 11-06.   Kiana Davis of Kelso cleared 5-04 to annex the girls’ High Jump crown.


Quadelle Satterwhite of Lincoln zipped to a mark of 10.86 to triumph in the 100 meter Dash at the Tacoma Invitational.   Gig Harbor athletes secured a number of impressive victories with Wolfgang Beck claiming the 3200m in 9:19, Will Drinkwater taking the 1600 Meters over Curtis King by a second in 4:17 and Brenna Peloquin scoring in the girls’ 3200M with 11:12.  Gig’s Courtney just was a double winner with victories in the High jump with 5-04 and the Long Jump with 18-02.   The boys’ Long Jump evidenced impressive efforts by Mike Tate of Federal Way & Justin Browne of Gig, who both soared 22-06.5.   The Shot Put competition was also quite close with Phuong Truong of Mt. Tahoma edging Tyler Ambrose of GH 52-07 to 52-05.5.  Marcus Chambers of Foss sped through the 400M in 48.90.

      Tera Novy of Montesano earned victories in the Shot Put with 41-05.5 and the Discus (142-08).  Poli Baltazar of Aberdeen had a busy day claiming victories in the 3200M (9:34), 1600M (4:28) and the 800M (2:01), while Cole Smith of Hoquiam had a solid Javelin mark of 172-02.

    The Larry Eason Invite in Snohomish produced a number of marks worthy of note including Gina Flint’s 140-02 in the Discus.   The Squalicum thrower also placed second in the Shot Put behind Kelcie Forcier of South Kitsap, who threw 40-02.   Katie Bianchini of Glacier Peak topped the girls’ in the 3200M with 10:46, while Kirsten Webber of Squalicum went 11-00 in the Pole Vault.  Kris Tollefson of West Seattle edged Chantel Desch of Abbotsford 58.18 to 59.44.  Boys’ action saw Blake McPherson of Arlington easily win the Javelin with a mark of 195-09, while the Shot Put competition was quite close despite fine quality at the top.  Jarek Jensen of Squalicum topped Andrew Dickson (50-03) & Aaron Davis (50-02) with his heave of 52-06.   Dan Boyden claimed the Discus for Arlington with 170-09.   Alex Downs of Ballard nipped Carter Osborne of Shorecrest 4:17 to 4:18 in the 1600 meter Run.  Liberty-Issaquah’s Joshua Gordon edged Kevin Yates of Snohomish in the Long Jump 23-03 to 22-10, as both had impressive efforts.   


The Pulse Invitational in Boise saw Borah’s Britany Owens win both the Long & Triple Jumps with marks of 18-07 & 37-09, while Kara Barth of McCall-Donnelly broke sixty in the 400 Meters with 59.   Bishop Kelly team mates Briana Tiffany and Emily Nist dueled in the 800M with Briana edging Emily as both ran versions of 2:18.   Mikayla Malaspina of Vallivue claimed the 1600 in 5:09 giving her a victory over Emily Hamlin of Boise by a second.    In boys’ action Jalmer Ludwig of Centennial edged Jake Knight of Rocky Mountain in the Shot 51-08.75 to 50-07.  Knight scored in the Discus with 162-03.  Both James Heckendorn of Eagle and Ian Middleton of Bishop Kelly both broke fifty seconds in the 400 Meters with the Eagle running flying home first.  Wyatt Dickerson of Eagle topped Morgan Choate of Vallivue in 1600, as both ran 4:20 but the most tightly contested event was the 800 Meter Run.  It had to be a bit of a challenge to separate the top four finishers, as they all managed versions of 1:58 and change.  Thomas Rigby of Boise god the nod over Morgan Choate but Eagle’s Gabe Harm & Rocky Mountain’s Jordon Wallin were just back.   Peyton Lewis of Nampa Christian had the mark of the meet with his 15-00 effort in the Pole Vault.

     At the Moscow Twilight Juston Lindsley of Grangeville threw the Discus 166-04, while Justin Lloyd of Kamiah cleared 13-06 in the Pole Vault.  Megan Sullivan of Grangeville ran 59.35 to win the 400 Meters.   Not to be overlooked was Hannah McInturff at the American Falls Invitational.  The Century athlete came down in distance to annex the 400M in 60.21.


     Austin Baird soared 23-05 in the Long Jump at the Springfield Rotary Invitational establishing a new school record.  Rachel Proteau of West Albany cleared 5-06 in the High Jump and Jacob Lacoste, also from WA, won the guys’  HJ with 6-04.   Tiffany Rattanaphosy of Springfield scored in both the Discus (122-02) and the Shot Put (34-04).