State track report

Quick note for you before we get started. Mount Si’s softball season ended at 19-8 after becoming the first Wildcat softball team to go two and out at the state tournament in school history. The Wildcats fell to both Bonney Lake and Mountain View of Vancouver yesterday down in Lacey. We’ll have stats later on both losses.

Now to the track, and the state 2A and 3A boys’ and girls’ track and field meets wrap up today in Tacoma. The event started Thursday, and most of the action involving Valley athletes has taken place. Here’s a wrapup on what has happened thus far.

Thursday results
The Cedarcrest boys started out strong on Thursday, with likely the headliner performance of the meet for both high schools. That came courtesy of Red Wolves senior distance runner Logan Orndorf, who finished in second in the 2A 1600m race, clocking 4:17.46, just a second and a half behind winner Scott Kopczynzki, from East Valley of Spokane. Orndorf’s efforts earned Cedarcrest eight team points, and the University of Portland-bound Orndorf is not done yet; he competes today in the boys’ 3200 meters. Meanhwile, in the companion girls’ 2A 1600m race, Red Wolve freshman Madi Shinn finished 10th, clocking 5:24.12.

The 3A girls’ 1600m event saw another headliner performance, this from Mount Si’s Hannah Waskom. The Wildcat freshman took fifth, finishing with a time of 5:07.92, and the effort earned Mount Si’s ladies four team points. The Wildcats’ 4×400 relay unit of Mackenzie Hutchison, Karlie Hurley, Bailey Scott and Jesse Guyer qualified for today’s finals with a third-place finish; they timed in at just over four minutes. However, on the flip side for that foursome, they did not qualify for today’s finals in the 4×200 race after finishing 13th in the preliminary heat, clocking 1:46.48.

In other Mount Si action, freshman Riley Ovall placed ninth in the javelin with a throw of 114’11”,.

Friday results
The Cedarcrest girls and Mount Si boys both earned a team point in yesterday’s action; the Red Wolves got theirs with an eighth-place showing by senior Bailey Parish in the 2A pole vault; she cleared nine feet, six inches to grab that team point. Wildcat Sam Hruska scored the Mount Si boys’ point with an eighth place finish in the 3A javelin; his toss went 166’11”.

Several finals took place. For Cedarcrest, in the 2A girls’ javelin, senior Kathryn Smith took ninth with a toss of 115’9”. She also finished 15th in the 2A shot put, throwing it 31’ 7 ¼”. In sprint preliminary races, both Red Wolve entrants, Tayla Weaver for the girls and Josh Zimmerman for the boys, did not earn slots in the finals after finishing well back in their preliminary races. Weaver took 15th in the girls’ 2A 200m (26.48 seconds), while Zimmerman came in 14th in the boys’ 2A 400m (53.55).

On the Mount Si side of things, Jack Nordby took 14th in the boys’ 3A discus, with a toss of 122’10”, and Hurley took 13th in the 3A girls’ long jump with a leap of 15’6”.

Mount Si was involved in several preliminary events as well. Mackenzie Hutchison qualified for today’s finals in the girls’ 3A 300m, with a seventh-place finish in that event’s preliminary heat (46.36). However, other Wildcats could not punch berths into event finals. Those included Aaron Robey in the boys’ 3A 300m hurdles after finishing 10th in the prelims there (40.76); Jacob Belceto in the boys’ 3A 200m after taking 13th in his prelim (23.01); the Mount Si boys’ 4×100 team of Belceto, Ehren Eichler, Rickard Frykgaard and Hunter Titus, who took 11th in their 3A race (44.67), and Justin McLaughlin, who, despite qualifying for the boys’ 400m, did not start the race.

Today’s schedule
Distance events headline the Valley events to watch today, as Mount Si or Cedacrest entrants will be dotting the respective 3200m races. Orndorf will run the 2A boys for the Red Wolves, while Everett Community College-bound Olivia Waterman races in the 2A girls race for Cedarcrest. Waskom and Madeleine Hutchison will run in the 3A girls’ race for Mount Si.

Also on the calendar to close things out in addition to the previously mentioned finals involving the girls’ 3A 300m hurdles and 4×400 relay, the boys’ 3A high jump event will feature Mount Si’s Jon Proctor, and Nordby will team with Cameron Davis to represent the Wildcats in the finals of the 3A boys’ shot put.

All events take place at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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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