It’s been quite some time since the Montesano boys and girls track teams have relished in the glory of winning a district championship.
At Friday’s 1A District 4 Track & Field Championship meet at Seton Catholic High School in Vancouver, both Bulldogs teams tasted victory.
Led by stellar performances from Madolyn Olson and Conner Hollatz, Montesano swept the team titles to claim the school’s first track and field district titles since 2014.
In the biggest meet of the season, Hollatz performed brilliantly.
The senior won district titles in three separate events — the 300-meter hurdles, the discus and the javelin — doing so in remarkable fashion. Hollatz ran a 46.52 in the hurdles, hurled the discus 124 feet, seven inches and threw the javelin 177-11 in his three event victories. All marks were personal-bests for Hollatz and his winning javelin toss was a mere six inches off the Montesano school record.
Montesano senior Aydan Darst also took home a district title, winning the triple jump by more than four-and-a-half feet with a mark of 41-10.50.
Darst also ran the first leg of Montesano’s district-championship winning 4×100-meter relay team, joining Kasen Willis Werner, Colby Adams and Hunter Schnoor in running a time of 45.81.
Montesano scored 137 points to win the team title over second-place Seton Catholic (110 points) and Hoquiam, which placed third with 74 points.
Speaking of the Grizzlies, Hoquiam’s Giovanni Foster also took home multiple gold medals on Friday. The junior sprinter ran a blistering 11.61 to win the 100 and a 24.04 to take the 200, both personal-best times.
Hoquiam sophomore Timmy Higgins also left Vancouver with a district title in tow, winning a close 800-meter race with a personal-best time of 2:10.06.
In the girls competition, Olson won the 400 and anchored both of Montesano’s district-title winning 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, joining teammates Sierra Birdsall, Jaiden Morrison and Alma Muro on the podium.
Montesano totalled 135 points, winning by sheer depth over Hoquiam (118 pts.), which placed second and brought home four district titles.
Grizzlies thrower Tyara Straka won the shot put with a throw of 44 feet even to win the title over Elma’s Sarah Bridge (37-09.75) and dominated the competition in the discus, winning with a PR throw of 131-10, nearly 35 feet better than La Center’s Anna Webberly (96-11).
Hoquiam senior Sharaya Brydon won the district high jump title with a PR mark of 5-01 and Grizzlies junior Ariel Grant bested teammate Katrina Jones to win the pole vault competition with a vault of 7-00.
As good as Hoquiam was on Friday, it was Montesano’s depth that made the difference in the overall team score. The Bulldogs sent 14 girls to compete at the district meet and all 14 placed in their respective events as Monte racked up the points.
The Bulldogs’ district titles are the first for the school since Montesano’s girls team won in 2014, and according to Monte head coach Doug Schupbach, the first time in several years both the boys and girls won district titles at the same meet.
“It was a super day all the way around,” he said. “I thought last week was going to be our peak, but we had a lot of surprises come up with people placing better than they are. A lot of PRs showed up and it was just an outstanding job from the whole team, boys and girls.”
Schupbach said he and his coaching staff figured they’d have a shot at sweeping the team district titles after both won league championships in the 1A Evergreen League Championships a week prior.
“We talked to (the team) and let them know after our league meet we would be in the running for a district title for both boys and girls and that we needed their best and top performances,” he said. “I thought they came through really well today.”
For full meet results, visit athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=417880&show=all.