Student-athletes from Elma, Ilwaco, Tenino, Mary M. Knight and host Montesano opened the 1A Evergreen track and field season on Wednesday with a league meet at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
The meet represented the first official league track meet since the 2019 spring season after government-mandated lockdowns ended the 2020 track and field season before it could begin.
“First time out in two years, so it was a pretty good performance from all our kids considering a short-term practice time, which limited our ability to get out there and work on stuff,” Montesano head coach Doug Schupbach said, adding that though they only had a single day of practice for many events, the performance on the field didn’t show it. “We did pretty good on a lot of things.”
Schupbach noted senior Madolyn Olson’s victory in the girls 400 meter race, sophomore Ashlyn Devereaux’s wins in the javelin and high jump, and victories in both the girls 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams as notable performances for the Monte girls team.
Olson posted a time of 1:01.90 to edge Ilwaco’s Erika Glenn by less than two seconds to win the 400. She also ran legs in both of Monte’s relay wins, running the second leg of the girls 4×100 team (Jaiden King, Olson, Sierra Birdsall, Jaiden Morrison) that posted a time of 53.83 and the anchor leg of Monte’s 4×200 winning team (King, Alayna Olson, Morrison, Olson) that crossed the finish line in 1:58.44.
Devereaux won the javelin competition with a mark of 83-03 and the high jump by clearing 4-06.
For the Monte boys team, Schupbach pointed out strong performances from Aydan Darst in the triple jump, Colby Adams in the pole vault, distance runners Mathew Cristobal and Aric Jacklin, and the boys 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams for posting strong marks with less than a week of practice time under their belts.
Darst won the triple jump by more than 11 feet with a mark of 43-04 and also took first in the long jump with a mark of 20-06.25.
Adams won the pole vault with a mark of 9-feet. Monte’s Cooper Johansson cleared 8-feet to place second and the Bulldogs’ Ethan Blundred cleared 7-06 to place third.
Cristobal and Jacklin placed first and second in the boys 800 meters, posting times of 2:22.32 and 2:23.85, respectively.
The Montesano boys relay team (Hunter Schnoor, Darst, Adams, Kasen Willis-Werner) posted a time of 47-flat to win the 4×100 race.
In the sprint races, Monte’s Hunter Schnoor posted a time of 12.03 to take first over Elma’s Tucker Simpkins (12.23) in the boys 100 meters.
Simpkins edged Darst in the 200 meter race, posting a time of 24.46 to Darst’s 25.26.
Monte’s Lily Causey took the girls 100 meters with a time of 14.43 while teammate Sierra Birdsall took the 200 with a time of 29.74.
Elma swept the shot put events, with Landon Ritter winning the boys competition (37-08) and Sarah Bridge taking the girls event (35-09.5).
The Eagles also got a win from sophomore Elijah Flores, who crossed the finish line one second ahead of Jacklin with a time of 5:12.43 to win the boys 1,600 meter race.
Mary M. Knight’s Isaiah Compton won the boys discus with an impressive mark of 141-02. Monte’s Connar Hollatz placed second with a throw of 91-10.
Hollatz had a solid throw to win the boys javelin competition with a high mark of 164-06. His Bulldogs teammate Gabe Bodwell placed second with a mark of 123-01.
After the first league track meet in two seasons, Schupbach said he is looking forward to the remainder of the season.
“I’m really excited about this group of kids,” he said. “We’re pretty young, but we’re going to get better.”
For full race results, visit athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=417512&show=all.
Pacific League track season opens in South Bend
The 2B Pacific League held its first track and field meet in two years with a league meet on Wednesday at the Don Weisel Oval in South Bend.
Naselle won the boys team competition with 102 points while Raymond (65 points) edged Willapa Valley (62) for a the girls team title.
Raymond was paced by wins from Kyra Gardner, who won both the girls high jump (5-04) and long jump (16-08).
The Seagulls’ Genevieve Sarich won the girls 3,200 meters with a time of 17:18.70.
In the boys competition, Raymond sophomore Morgan Anderson won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17:10 and took first in the triple jump with a mark of 36-05.00.
Notables for Willapa Valley included Hannah Hamilton, who won both the girls shot put and discus with personal-record throws of 29-10 and 74-09, respectively.
Brooklyn Patrick won the girls 300-meter hurdles (55.30) and teammate Emily Watson placed first in the girls 800 meter race (2:50.10).
The Vikings’ Nathan Franks won the boys 1,600 meters (5:02) and the 800 (2:18) while teammate Beau Buchanan placed first in the boys shot put with a heave of 37-07.
South Bend winners included freshman Robby Stigall in the boys discus (99-03) and Brittney Yi, who won the girls triple jump (22-03.50).
For full meet results, visit athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=415961&show=all.