RAYMOND — There is still only one school’s name engraved in the winners list on the Henrie-Weisel Tri-District Track Meet Trophy and it will stay that way as Raymond swept both the girls and boys team competitions on Thursday.
The Seagulls prevailed for the sixth straight year in the annual meet at Raymond High School. Raymond totaled 106 points on the boys side to double up runner up South Bend, 52. Willapa Valley finished with 10 points. On the girls side, Raymond edged Willapa Valley. The Gulls tallied 64 points, while the Vikings totaled 46 and the Indians finished with 26.
“Our goal coming in was to win both the boys and girls side,” Raymond head coach Mike Tully said. “We knew the boys were a little stronger, but the girls really stepped up and did what they needed to do to win their side of the meet as well. We had some kids jump into events they might not normally do to pick up some points and it was good to see that they were willing to step up. Overall, just a lot of solid performances.”
Raymond’s boys came away with all but one title in the running events, winning the 4×100 and 4×400 relays as well. In the sprints, Jace Duckworth won the 200 in 25.21 seconds, while Marcus Anderson topped the field in the 400. Audison Phimmasone was a double winner with personal best times in the 800 and 1,600 and Jachin Heckman won the 3,200.
Anderson also got a win in the field events with a distance of 40-4 in the triple jump. Luke Hamilton posted season best marks in the shot put and discus to win both events.
Sean Sath was the only Gull to win three events on the boys side. The senior posted a time of 16.10 in the 110 hurdles and was part of both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Sath was joined by Duckworth, Jimmy Thepsoumphu and McCartney Maden on the 4×100 team and Thepsoumphu, Reese Garcia and Patrick Edwards on the 4×400 team.
South Bend’s A.J. Sanchez was the only winner in a running event on the boys side not wearing a Raymond uniform. Sanchez edged past Duckworth to win the 100 with a time of 11.98, but also won the 300 hurdles and posted a distance of 20-5 in the long jump.
The Tribe also had wins in the field events from Ben Byington with 126-7 in the javelin and a height of 5-10 by Jacob Strozyk in the high jump.
The Vikings lone win on the boys side came from a personal best height of 12 feet by Bryce Sanaski in the pole vault.
The closest race of the day came in the girls 100, with Raymond’s Karlee Freeman and South Bend’s Hannah Byington dueling in lanes four and five. Matching each other stride-for-stride, the two stayed even clear to the finish line where Freeman leaned to beat Byington by .02 seconds with a time of 13.68. Freeman finished with two more individual victories on the day throwing a season best distance of 146-8 in the discus and winning the javelin.
Byington went on to win three events running 28.69 in the 200 and jumping to 14-10 in the long jump and 30-11 in the triple jump.
Raymond would have just enough depth to top the Vikings for the girls team title. Individually, Mikayla Collins came away with wins in the 800 and 3,200 for the Gulls, while Mary Grace Karlsvik won the 400 in her first time running the event and Aubree Gardner won the shot put.
Brooke Friese was the only double winner for Willapa Valley. Friese cleared a height of 8-6 in the pole vault and won the 100 hurdles in 17.20. Hannah Cook posted a personal best time of 50.73 in the 300 hurdles to win the event and Willapa Valley’s Olivia Betrozoff won the high jump.
“We had some good performances,” Willapa Valley head coach Dave Ege said. “I’m pretty satisfied with where we are at right now. The weather affects everyone and when the good weather rolls around you are really going to see times and distances improve.”
Tully cited Karlsvik and Phimmasone for their personal best times.
South Bend coach Steve Lazelle cited A.J. Sanchez and Hannah Byington for their performances.
Raymond 106, South Bend 52, Willapa Valley 10.
100 — 11.98 — A.J. Sanchez (SB), Jace Duckworth (R), Ben Byington (SB). 200 — 25.21 — Jace Duckworth (R), Preston Lawhead (SB), Nick Stamos (SB). 400 — 55.41 — Marcus Anderson (R), Preston Lawhead (SB), Seth Hall (SB). 800 — 2:21.50 — Audison Phimmasone (R), Reese Garcia (R), Phillip Kronjaeger (R). 1,600 — 5:20.70 — Audison Phimmasone (R), Jachin Heckman (R), Phillip Kronjaeger (R). 3,200 — 12:09.97 — Jachin Heckman (R), Phillip Kronjaeger (R). 110H — 16.10 — Sean Sath (R), McCartney Maden (R), Ben Byington (SB). 300H — 43.98 — A.J. Sanchez (SB), McCartney Maden (R), Jimmy Thepsoumphou (R). 4×100 — 48.01 — Raymond. 4×400 — 4:04.14 — Raymond.
Shot put — 47-4 1/2 — Luke Hamilton (R), Ricky Robinett (R), Peter Hamilton (WV). Discus — 124-8 — Luke Hamilton (R), Ricky Robinett (R), Kolin Koski (R). Javelin — 126-7 — Ben Byington (SB), Josiah Markwell (SB), Brandon Gillham (R). High jump — 5-10 — Jacob Strozyk (SB), Jimmy Thepsoumphou (R), Marcus Anderson (R). Pole vault — 12-0 — Bryce Sanaski (WV), Jachin Heckman (R), Casey Carter (R). Long jump — 20-5 — A.J. Sanchez (SB), Marcus Anderson (R), Jacob Strozyk (SB). Triple jump — 40-4 — Marcus Anderson (R), McCartney Maden (R), Jacob Strozyk (SB).
Raymond 64, Willapa Valley 46, South Bend 26.
100 — 13.68 — Karlee Freeman (R), Hannah Byington (SB), Aubree Gardner (R). 200 — 28.69 — Hannah Byington (SB), Brooke Friese (WV), Kaitlyn Clements (WV). 400 — 1:17.07 — Mary Grace Karlsvik (R), Jennifer Byrd (R). 800 — 3:04.57 — Mikayla Collins (R), Mary Grace Karlsvik (R), Jennifer Byrd (R). 3,200 — 13:58.74 — Mikayla Collins (R), Amber Anderson (WV). 100H — Brooke Friese (WV), Hannah Cook (WV), Olivia Betrozoff (WV). 300H — 50.73 — Hannah Cook (WV).
Shot put — 32-8.5 — Aubree Gardner (R), Halle Layman (WV), Karlee Freeman (R). Discus — 146-8 — Karlee Freeman (R), Johanna Crow (R), Hallee Layman (WV). Javelin — 113-10 — Karlee Freeman (R), Jessica Sanchez (SB), Avery Strozyk (WV). High jump — 4-8 — Olivia Betrozoff (WV), Mikayla Collins (R). Pole vault — 8-6 — Brooke Friese (WV), Angel Evans (R), Kendra Dunsmoor (R). Long jump — 14-10 — Hannah Byington (SB), Katelyn Doyle (SB), Tina Sypaphay (R). Triple jump — 30-11 — Hannah Byington (SB), Olivia Betrozoff (WV), Hannah Cook (WV).