Track and field report

Track and field now. Cedarcrest High School will have a sizeable delegation this week at the Northwest 2A District championships in Bellingham, after numerous strong performances this past Friday in the final day of the Sno-King subdistrict meet.

CHS’s boys finished fifth as a team scoring 73 points while the Red Wolve girls took second scoring 158 points. Liberty won both team titles.

Among the numerous highlights were the following:

Boys: Ryan LaTurner added two more jumping entries off his long jump qualification this past Wednesday, with the senior punching tickets to districts in both the high jump and triple jump events. He finished fourth in the high jump (5’10”) and fifth in the triple jump (38′ 1 1/4″). Aidan Mekle earned district berths in both hurdles events, finishing fourth in the 110m (17.92) and fifth in the 300m (46.14). The top five placers earned berths at districts.

John Meier and Brennan LeBlanc both earned berths in the 3200m to also add to their 1600m district entries from this past Wednesday. Meier finished fourth in the 3200m with LeBlanc right behind in fifth. Both athletes had exactly identical placings last Wednesday in the 1600m.

Rounding it out, Daniel Enciso-Navarro tossed the javelin 161’4″ and took third to make districts in that event.

Girls: Cedarcrest earned multiple athlete qualifications in sprint events, and that greatly helped their overall team score. Lauren Krause and Lilly Marshall went one-two in the 400m (1:02.10 for Krause and 1:02.60 for Marshall) leading the Red Wolve efforts. Marshall also earned district qualification in the 200m, one of three to earn a district berth in that event. Heather Olson took second (12.97) and Grace McKenzie finished third in the 100m (13.02), both also punching district trips.

All three Cedarcrest relay crews earned district berths, and Lily Bradley cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault. Additionally, Julia Luoto tossed the javelin 86 feet to take fifth and earn her second district event berth; she qualified Wednesday in the high jump. Ginger Van Valkenburg also finished fifth in the 3200m (5:50.90) following up on her 1600m qualification from last Wednesday.

Rounding it out, Olson also earned a district berth in the long jump, taking second (16’3″). Ava LaPorte, who was among the others to earn a district trip in the 200m, earned one as well in this long jump event, finishing fifth clearing just over 15 feet.

Districts start Wednesday at Lakewood High School in Arlington.

Mount Si also sending athletes to districts
The Wildcats will also be sending a strong delegation to this week’s SeaKing meet after a good showing this past Friday at the Kingco 4A meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.

Mount Si’s boys will be led by Joe Waskom, who won the 3200m clocking 9:02.75 and adding that to his district slate; he punched a berth in the 1600m winning that race this past Wednesday. Also, Ezra Bacon-Gershman finished fourth in the discus and also earned a berth in that event, and the Wildcat boys’ 4×400 relay unit also qualified for districts.

Among the Wildcat girls going will be Avery Hamby and Abby Triou, both in the shot put, Jenae Usselman, who qualified this past Wednesday in the javelin, and Tatum Dalgleish in both the long and triple jumps.

The meet is this Wednesday and Friday in Seattle.

College roundup
GNAC Championships, Monmouth, OR: Four different athletes from the Valley from four different schools competed in the conference championship meet this past weekend. The busiest of those was North Bend’s Karlie Hurley.

Hurley, a junior down at Concordia-PDX and a 2015 MSHS grad, competed in five events. She finished third in the triple jump, in only her second time ever doing this as a collegian, and in the process, according to her dad Scott, broke the Cavalier school record, clearing 39 feet, eight inches. She provisionally earned national NCAA Division II meet qualification as well. In addition, she finished seventh in the 400m dash, clocking just over a minute, and placed in a pair of relays – second with teammates Ronnie VanZant, Maddie Misi and Macie Allen in the 4×100 (47.21 seconds) and seventh with Misi and teammates Ashley Brooks and Chelsea Bone in the 4×400 (4:01.05).

Hurley also competed in the 200m but did not make the finals in that event, finishing 12th in the prelims (25.45 seconds). In other action, St. Martin’s senior Liz Larson has been dominant all season in the women’s hammer toss, and she continued that in the GNAC meet, winning the event with a throw of 180 feet. Larson is from Snoqualmie and also a 2015 MSHS’er. Western Washington freshman Sophie Paradis, from Duvall and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, cleared 10 feet, 4 3/4 inches and took 12th in the women’s pole vault, and on the men’s side, Central Washington’s Andrew Harris, from North Bend and a Mount Si grad, competed in two throwing events.

Harris finished sixth in the hammer (171’4″) and 11th in the discus (142’2″).

Pac-12 Championships, Tucson, AZ: A trio of Mount Si grads braved the desert heat to compete at the conference postseaon meet this past weekend on the campus of the University of Arizona.

Former Mount Si teammates Hannah Waskom and Melissa Hruska both competed in the women’s 10k race, with Waskom, competing for the University of Washingtin, taking 11th clocking 35:24.21. Hruska, repping Washington State University, did not finish that race. Both are from Snoqualmie and are MSHS alums. Waskom also competed in the women’s 5k and took 24th (17:02.52).

On the men’s side, North Bend’s Jacob Wachtendonk finished 10th in the javelin throw, tossing it 195’10”. He is a junior competing for the UW and is also a MSHS alum as noted.

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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