ILWACO — While several Twin Harbors athletes won events at Tuesday’s Pacific County Invitational, one athlete’s performance will be in the record books.
Willapa Valley sophomore Hallee Layman set a personal-best mark in the discus with a toss of 129 feet, three inches, good enough to take first place in the event. Furthermore, that mark is a school record, shattering the old mark by a whopping 15 feet.
Layman also took the top podium spot in the shot put with a heave of 33-06.00, finishing just over a foot better than her sister, Emilee, who placed second.
Overall, it was a great day for local athletes, as multiple competitors from Raymond, South Bend and the aforementioned Willapa Valley took home top spots at the meet.
South Bend’s Hannah Byington claimed first place in a staggering four events, taking home the top prize in the 100-meter sprint (13.15), the 200 (27.77), the long jump (15-02) and the triple jump (31-02.50).
Willapa Valley’s Brooke Friese placed second behind Byington in both the 100 and 200, but the dynamic track star wasn’t done there as she won the 100-meter hurdles (16.67) and the pole vault (9-06).
Friese’s teammate Hannah Cook won the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.07.
In the boys meet, several South Bend and Raymond athletes took top spots.
Keeping with the family tradition of winning multiple events at the meet, South Bend’s Ben Byington took home first place in the 100 (11.86) and the 300-meter hurdles (42.73). Byington’s teammate Preton Lawhead ran a personal-best 53.28 to win the 400.
Another multi-event winner was Raymond’s Marcus Anderson, who took first in the long jump (19-07) and the triple jump (40-09). Anderson nearly won the high jump but finished just two inches short of the top mark, which was held by teammate Jimmy Thepsoumphou at 6-02.
Raymond’s boys 4×100 relay team of McCarty Maden, Anderson, Patrick Edwards and Thepsoumphou took first place with a time of 46.48.
The Seagulls swept the boys short relay events when Maden, Jeremiah Meade, Edwards and Thepsoumphou took first in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:40.12.
Willapa Valley’s Bryce Sanaski won the pole vault with a mark of 12-06, three feet better than his closest competitor.