Track and field news

We head now to the track and field front, where both Mount Si and Cedarcrest’s boys’ and girls’ teams took each other on yesterday, with both the Wildcat and Red Wolve boys at the Shoreline Invitational, and the two schools’ girls’ teams at the Lake Washington Invitational.

Mount Si and Cedarcrest finished tied for 25th in the team competition, both with 10 points. Each school had a headliner performance as well.

Mount Si’s was a stunning one, as sophomore Joe Waskom, just hours after a solid showing at the Nike Jesuit meet in Portland, hit the track again and this time won. He took the 3200m crown with a time of nine minutes, 15.63 seconds. Cedarcrest’s Grant Van Valkenburg, also fresh off a race Friday night, at the Brooks Distance meet in Renton, also ran well, taking eighth with a time of 9:30.12. Van Valkenburg’s teammate Gunnar Schultz also had a strong showing as well yesterday, finishing second in the 300m hurdles in a time of 40.61 seconds.

Most events had a Wildcat and Red Wolve competitor competing against one another. An event where Mount Si’s athlete bested his Cedarcrest counterpart was in the 800m, where Wildcat Jackson Stokes took 12th (1:58.13) and beat his Red Wolve opponent Ian Fay, who finished 24th (2:01.05). On the flip side, Cedarcrest’s Alec Playstead bested Mount Si counterpart Jake Bailey in the triple jump, with the Red Wolve taking 26th overall leaping 37 feet, 9 ½ inches, and Bailey clearing 35’9” to take 30th.

Bonney Lake won the team title.

Lake Washington
Mount Si finished in a tie for 23rd with 12 points and Cedarcrest took 34th with nine points in the team competition. Mount Si’s headliner was Hannah Waskom, also fresh off her race Friday night in Portland. She competed in the 3000m yesterday and took third, clocking 10:01.70. Sprints were the headliner for Cedarcrest, with a pair of top 10’s for senior Tayla Weaver and a top-five for fellow senior Briana Deveraux.

Weaver took sixth in the 200m (26.23 seconds) and eighth in the 100m (12.03), while Deveraux was fourth in the 400m, clocking just over one minute. Mount Si and Cedarcrest’s top throwers all competed in the javelin, with all three Valley entrants finishing in the top 15. The Wildcats’ Riley Ovall took third with a toss of 131’1”, followed by Mount Si teammate Jenae Usselman in ninth with a throw of 115’ and Cedarcrest senior Judy Amaral was 13th with a throw of 107’8”.

Also of note, the Red Wolves’ 4×100 crew of Weaver, Deveraux, Abby McKenzie and Lauren Krause finished ninth in that race (51.08), and Mount Si’s Chloe Cosgrove took 15th in the 1500m, with a time of 4:57.03.

This week
Cedarcrest starts postseason on Thursday, hosting the two-day Cascade Conference meet at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, while Mount Si wraps up the regular season with a home meet against Woodinville on Senior Day. Action at both meets starts at 4:00 p.m.

Now to college results from yesterday.

Valley athletes on display at WWU meet: Five Valley athletes showed off their skills at the Ralph Vernaccia Invitational, hosted by Western Washington University at Civic Stadium in Bellingham yesterday.

On the men’s side, Central Washington University freshman Hunter Titus, from Snoquamie, ran in a pair of sprints. The 2016 Mount Si HS grad clocked 11.59 seconds to take 13th in the 100m, and finished 23rd in the 200m with a time of 23.78. Central teammate Andrew Harris, also a freshman and 2016 Mount Si alum, finished 10th in the 110m hurdles, with the North Bend product clocking 16.79 seconds.

The women’s action also had a local compete in two events. Northwest University freshman Leila Praino, from Carnation, finished 30th in the 800m with a time of 3:01.35, and ran against fellow Valleyite Maddy Hutchison in the 1500m. Hutchison, a junior from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad running for the host Vikings, finished ninth in that race with a time of 4:44.07, and Praino finished well back, in 27th, clocking 5:49.84.

We save the best for last, as the best performance of the day comes from the women’s hammer, and sophomore Liz Larson, competing for St. Martin’s, scored a top-five finish. Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si grad, tossed the hammer 160’4” and took fourth overall in the event.

The meet drew a number of schools from around western Washington, and is one of the last big meets of the regular season schedule.

WSU outdoor meet, Pullman: Washington State freshman Melissa Hruska, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie, scored a top-10 finish in the women’s 1500m race yesterday at their home meet in Pullman. Hruska clocked 4:54.20 and took eighth place overall. Fellow WSU’er – and MSHS alum – Brad Stevens, also from Snoqualmie, also competed in the meet and took third in the men’s javelin with a toss of 197 feet, one inch.

OSU meet, Corvallis, OR: The University of Washington’s Jacob Wachtendonk, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, had a top five result in the men’s javelin event last night at the meet hosted by Oregon State University. Wachtendonk, a freshman with the Huskies, competed as an “unattached” entrant and scored a toss of 188’ 6 ¾” to take his fifth-place spot.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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