Mount Si, Cedarcrest track and field athletes past and present busy with action over the past few days, so here’s a wrapup on all of that for you……

We have a lot to catch up on from track and field as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School track and field programs have been quite busy over the past few days.

Mount Si, Woodinville split head to head: Last Thursday, the Wildcats and Woodinville Falcons competed against one another at Mount Si High School with the Mount Si boys winning the meet 79 ½-56 ½ and the Falcon girls winning their dual 83-57.

Winners on the boys side included Paine Smith in the 200m, clocking 22.90 seconds; William Betz in the 1600m, with a time of 4:52.91; Nick Basaldua in the 110m hurdles in a time of 16.21 seconds; Brodie Hansen leading a top five Mount Si sweep in the javelin, winning that event with a toss of 152 feet, four inches; Lee Kamp taking the high jump and leading a top-four Wildcat sweep of that event with a leap of 5’10”; Michael Bacon winning the long jump and leading a dominant Mount Si performance in that event – the top seven placers were all Wildcats, including Brent Knowles and Blake Woodford – with a leap of 19’ 4 ¾”. Knowles won the triple jump, with a clear of 39’10 ¾” and Woodford led the runners-up for Mount Si, with a second place in the 400m, clocking 54.51 seconds.

Faith Wallace won a pair of events, as did Lily Colvin, to lead the Wildcat ladies; Wallace won both the 100m and 200m with times of 13.37 and 28.27 seconds respectively. Colvin took both the 400m and 1600m in times of 1:08.65 and 5:50.86 respectively. Mount Si’s 4×100 and 4×200 girls’ relay crews also won their races, in times of 51.95 and 1:54.63 respectively; in those foursomes were Faith and Grace Wallace along with Kiara Goodwin, Sophia Hulet and Sophia Smith. Tatum Dalgleish rounded out the girls’ event winners for Mount Si, taking the long jump with a clearance of 15’ 7 ¾”. Chloe Cosgrove headlined the other finishers, taking third in the 800m, clocking 2:33.37.

Red Wolves second in three-way Cascade meet: Cedarcrest last Thursday was at Granite Falls High School for a three-way meet with the host Tigers and King’s, and both Red Wolve boys and girls’ teams took second in the team competitions, with the boys scoring 62 points and the girls 51. King’s won both the boys and girls’ titles.

CHS boys recording event wins included Spencer Coomer in the 200m, clocking 24.97 seconds, Clayton Kristiansen in the 400m, with a time of 54.94 seconds, Preston Marcell in the high jump, with a leap of 5’10”, Chester Brackebusch in the long jump, with a clear of 18’3”, and Daniel Enciso-Navarro in the javelin, with a toss of 134’5”. CHS’ boys’ 4×400 crew of Kristiansen, Pat McCabe, Bryce Hefner and Grant Van Valkenburg also won their race, with a time of 3:51.27. In other action, thrower Grant Soule ran the 400m as well along with his teammate Kristiansen, and did well, taking third, and Van Valkenburg took third in his individual race, the 800m, with a time of 2:07.55. Soule finished second in the discus and third in the shot put in his throwing competitions.

As for the Red Wolve ladies, Grace McKenzie continued her strong freshman season, winning both the 100m and 200m respectively in times of 12.99 and 26.75 seconds respectively. The 200m performance led a top-three Red Wolve sweep in that race which included fellow freshman Jaylin Yowell and junior Lauren Krause. Those three teamed with Kate Vergillo to help CHS win the 4×200 in a time of 1:51.24, and Bethany Smith rounded out the event winner for Cedarcrest’s girls, taking the 800m in a time of 2:48.39. Elsewhere, Sophie Paradis cleared 11 feet to take second in the pole vault and Abby McKenzie took third in the 300m hurdles with a time of 51.73 seconds.

Waskom with another big run at elite regional meet: Off his stunningly strong efforts at the Arcadia Invitational earlier this month, Mount Si boys’ junior distance man Joe Waskom went to Portland last Friday to compete in another elite meet –the Jesuit Invitational – and once again, he scored a big finish.

Waskom ran the boys’ elite mile and took third against the strong regional field, clocking 4:09.80. The event drew top runners from all over Washington, Oregon and Idaho, including Kingco rivals Luke George from Issaquah, who finished right behind Waskom in fourth, and Nate Pendleton from Eastlake, who took 17th.

Valley distance runners go head-to-head at Liberty Twilight: Mount Si and Cedarcrest distance runners took on one another at last Friday’s Liberty Distance Twilight meet at Liberty High School in Renton, with three of the four races featuring mini-Valley Cups, and it was a dominant effort for Cedarcrest’s distance crew.

In the 1600m races, on the girls’ side, Red Wolve Elsie Dombek took fifth, clocking 5:26.15, and was followed in 21st by Mount Si’s Addie Kaess, who clocked 5:46.38. Austin Ward was the lone Valley boy running the boys’ 1600, and he took 11th with a time of 4:35.94. In the longer 3200m runs, Alicia Krivanek clocked 12:12.54 to give the Red Wolve runner eighth, and she was followed by Mount Si’s Julene McDonald, who clocked 12:33.84 and finished 19th. In the boys’ 3200, Ben Benson took fifth for CHS, clocking 9:46.05, followed by Wildcat Austin Gappa, who took 13th with a time of 10:17.25.

Several other runners, including Mount Si’s Quinn Van Buren, Dora Huestis, Ethan Tucey and Kian Carson, and Cedarcrest’s Brennan LeBlanc, Justin Young, MaryCate Babcock and Kelly Hall, also ran the event, but finished further back in their respective races.

Valley repped at Shoreline meet: Van Valkenburg and the entire Mount Si contingent were at the Shoreline Invitational this past Saturday representing your Valley.

Of note there was Wildcat Jenae Usselman winning the girls’ javelin with a toss of 133’10”, Mount Si’s Paul Talens taking fourth in the freshman boys’ 1600m with a time of 4:36.25 and fellow Wildcat Karlie Stewart finishing fifth in the high jump, with a leap of five feet.

Van Valkenburg was the lone Cedarcrest rep in the meet, and he competed against Mount Si’s William Betz and others in the boys’ 3200m. Van Valkenburg took 12th in the race, clocking 9:20.44, followed by Betz in 15th, with a time of 9:58.05. Rounding it out, Cosgrove took ninth for the Wildcats in the girls’ 1600m with a time of 5:15.83.

CHS takes on Northwest District foes in Lakewood meet: The Red Wolves girls finished a strong third at the Lakewood Invite this past Saturday, competing against many of the same teams they’ll see in a couple of weeks during the Northwest District 2A postseason. CHS’ ladies scored 86 points, while the boys scored 21 points and took 10th in the team competition. Arlington swept both team titles and did so handily.

Paradis was the only event winner of the day for the Red Wolves, taking the girls’ pole vault with a clearance of 10 feet, but a number of top-threes from the girls in events helped their team score. Grace McKenzie took second in both the 100m and 200m girls’ races, and Krause finished second in the 400m with a time of just over a minute. On the boys’ side, LeBlanc, off his race Friday, finished third in the 3200m, and Young, on short rest as well after his run Friday, took third in the 800m with a time of just over two minutes.

This week: The postseason begins for Cedarcrest as the school hosts the conference championship meet in Duvall. Mount Si continues league action, at Skyline. Both events are Thursday with starts at 4:00 p.m.

College results
Now to the college action from this past weekend.

Apple Cup meet, Pullman: Mount Si grads competed for both the University of Washington and Washington State University during the annual “Apple Cup” rivalry track and field clash this past Saturday, held this year at WSU’s facilities in Pullman. Washington’s purple and gold was represented by North Bend’s Jacob Wachtendonk, and he took third in the men’s javelin with a toss of 207’1”. Washington State’s crimson and gray were represented by two others. Snoqualmie’s Melissa Hruska took fifth in the women’s 5000m, clocking 18:03.77, and Fall City’s Brad Stevens also took fifth, in the men’s hammer toss, with a throw of 144’10”. The Cougars swept the team titles in both the men’s and women’s divisions, winning the men’s title 89-74 and the women’s division 88-75.

Border Clash, Boise: A pair of lower Valley distance runners competed in this regional event hosted by Boise State University in Boise this past Saturday. Ryan Abdalla of Duvall, competing for Northwest Nazarene, and Quinn Radbourne of Carnation, competing for the College of Idaho, both ran in the men’s 800 meters, with Radbourne, a CoI senior and 2014 Cedarcrest High School grad, taking 11th with a time of 1:58.27. Abdalla, a freshman and graduate from Cedar Park Christian School, took 18th clocking 2:04.53, about six seconds behind his fellow Valleyite. Radbourne also ran the 1500m, and took 13th, clocking 4:03.51.

Ralph Vernacchia Invite, Bellingham: The annual Western Washington University meet had Valleyites competing for three different schools – the host Vikings and their conference rivals St. Martin’s and Central Washington – in this competition, also this past Saturday. Leading the Valley delegation was Snoqualmie’s Liz Larson. The St. Martin’s junior thrower, a 2015 MSHS’er, took second in the women’s hammer toss, with a throw of just over 172 feet. North Bend’s Andrew Harris, repping Central, competed in three events. The freshman, a 2017 MSHS’er, finished 11th in the men’s discus, with a toss of just over 125’ 4 1/3”, then took 14th in the men’s hammer, with a throw of just over 128’1”, and 15th in the men’s javelin, with a toss of a similar 128’4” distance. Duvall’s Ian Fay, the Western rep, took 15th in the men’s 1500m, clocking 4:08.92. Fay is a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad.

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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