Bellarmine boys, Shelton girls earn surprise championships

Contributing writerMay 18, 2014 

SHELTON — Superior talent in one or two disciplines can win a league track meet — see the Lincoln High School boys and Gig Harbor girls, for example.

So can sheer depth in numbers, as shown by the Shelton girls.

Talent and depth works, too — for evidence, look at the Bellarmine Prep boys.

Those four teams and dozens of individuals put on a show in the sunshine Saturday at the 4A/3A Narrows League meet at Highclimber Stadium.

The top-four finishers in each event progress to West Central III/Southwest bidistrict meets next weekend at French Field in Kent (4A) and Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner (3A).

For host Shelton, the win in the 3A girls meet Saturday came out of nowhere.

“Those seconds, thirds and fourths really add up,” Shelton coach Doug Sells said. “We didn’t expect that at all. It’s really exciting for the program.”

Shelton, which got first-place finishes from Lindsey Goldsby (800 meters) and Lindsey Nicolas (1,600), rolled up 159 points. The Highclimbers were followed by closely bunched teams in places 2 through 5: Wilson (116), Timberline (113), North Thurston (110) and Mount Tahoma (108).

The Lincoln boys were their usual dominant selves in the sprints and hurdles to outdistance the pack in the 3A meet. The Abes totaled 176.5 points, well ahead of second-place Timberline’s 124.

Bellarmine put enough of a dent in Gig Harbor’s distance dominance and got a triple win in the jumps from senior Jared Sinsheimer to top the 4A boys field with 143 points. It was the first time the Lions boys have won the Narrows League since 1998, coach Matt Ellis said.

Gig Harbor piled up points in the field events and scored in enough other places to lead the way for the 4A girls with 153 points. The Tides’ Naphtali Ward won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 41/2 inches and the long jump at 15-53/4.

The Gig Harbor boys turned in a 1-2-4-5-6 finish in the 3,200, with seniors Wolfgang Beck (9 minutes, 17.98 seconds) and Logan Carroll (9:23.18) in the top two spots. Beck was second and Carroll third in the 1,600 behind Bellarmine sophomore Jack Yearian, who won in 4:12.17.

Yearian also claimed the 800 in 1:53.42.

“He’s got amazing racing instincts,” Ellis said. “He’s surprised us with his finishing speed.”

Sinsheimer won the high jump with a leap of 6-4, the triple jump at 45-11/2 and the long jump at 21-103/4.

Lincoln’s Rayshaun Miller took the 3A 100 with his time of 10.99 seconds. He led a 1-2-3 finish for the Abes in the 200, winning in 22.63.

Teammate Walker Flynn won the 400 in 49.99, ahead of Therron Randle’s 50.47.

Randle, a Lincoln senior, owned the hurdles, winning the 110 in 15.12 and the 300 in 39.42. He and Flynn were joined by Jmaka Love and PuQuan Love for the Abes’ victorious 4x400 relay (3:27.04). Lincoln also won the 4x100 relay in 42.89.

The Abes got a meet-record performance in the 3A triple jump from Ahmaad Rorie, whose 46-71/4 topped the mark of 45-113/4 set by Gig Harbor’s Toney Henderson in 2007.

Rorie, a senior competing in track and field for the first time, also won the long jump with a leap of 21-81/2.

Senior Rose Christen of 4A Central Kitsap was the outstanding female athlete of the meet, with a hand in two meet records. She won the 800 in a record time of 2:08.97 and the 1,600 in 4:49.78. Christen also led off the Cougars’ 4x400 relay, joined by Sophie Carroll, Sara Naumann and Keyera Gaulden, that won in a record time of 3:55.99.

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