SHELTON — A week’s worth of sunshine and multiple days of summer-like temperatures didn’t last long enough to stretch into the weekend for the 54th annual Shelton Invitational.
Instead, what people described as average invitational weather greeted the athletes, leading to soaked spikes and a steady downpour for much of the day.
It was a day of testing for Tumwater High’s Brooke Feldmeier. Nursing a nagging left hamstring that’s plagued her all spring, the Mississippi-bound senior used Saturday to see how the leg would hold up, particularly on a cool and damp day running in a heavy stream of rain.
The result, in Feldmeier’s words after winning the 400 in 57.20 seconds: “I’m pretty happy about that.”
“It’s definitely not my fastest, but I didn’t feel like I’m behind last year at all,” Feldmeier said. “This is the first week I haven’t had any pain. I feel much better,” noting her treatment that included massage, physical therapy and acupuncture.
It marked just the third time Feldmeier ran the 400 — her specialty — this spring; her hamstring prevented her from competing at the prestigious Oregon Relays two weeks ago. After competing in four events at a dual meet Wednesday, the 400 was her second of three events Saturday. She also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.71) and third in the 200 (25.98).
Capital’s Ryan Chase did what few athletes were able to accomplish: win at least two events. He won the boys long jump (21 feet, 10 inches) and triple jump (44-23/4) and placed eighth in the javelin (144-1). Between all three events, he estimated about four hours straight competing in the rain.
“The conditions were tough, but I just stayed mentally tough and didn’t let the weather effect me all that much,” Chase said.
After setting the school record in the triple jump a year ago, Chase’s focus has turned more toward the long jump, which he describes as his better event.
“This year I’ve improved in the long jump a lot and I’ve been having a lot more fun in the long jump,” he said.
One of the premier races came in the early evening; Gig Harbor’s quintet of distance runners — Logan Carroll, Wolfgang Beck, Tristan Peloquin, Mahmoud Moussa and Ryan Gregory — led for most of the boys 3,200 before making a 1-2-3-4-6 finish to grab 32 of the Tides’ 45 points. Carroll, Beck and Peloquin own three of the top five times in the state in the 1,600, but did not race in the event’s closest equivalent — the mile — on Saturday. That race was won by North Thurston’s James Jasperson (4:25.53).
Todd Beamer used its strengths in the sprints — paced by winning the 400 relay — to win the boys team title with 65 points over Sehome (57). The Sehome girls (68.5) captured the girls team title behind its depth in the distance events.
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Regyn Gaffey, of Class 2B’s Adna, scored all 38 of her team’s points to give the Pirates a fourth-place finish in the girls team race. Gaffey won the 100 (12.66), 200 (25.75), long jump (16-6) and was second in the 400 (58.67). Gaffey is the two-time defending 2B state champion in the 100 and defending 2B state champion in the 200. ... Rainier’s Peyton Dungan broke her school record in the shot put with a first-place throw of 38-1. She first broke the school record (37-7) at Thursday’s eight-team 1A SWW Evergreen meet with a heave of 37-81/2. .... Class 2A’s leader in the both hurdles races — Steilacoom’s Amanda Jaynes — swept both events (15.07 and 45.40, respectively). Rochester’s Kendra Sanford, the defending 1A state champion in the 300 hurdles, was third (47.16). ... Despite his shoes being untied, North Thurston’s Peter Allegre shaved five seconds off his personal best to finish ninth in the boys 3,200 (9:49.40).Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com @megwochnick