Track and field athletes from South Sound set the stage for a highly competitive Saturday in a first day of the Narrows League meet Thursday at Highclimber Stadium.
If there were no startling surprises, there were plenty of strong performances as athletes bid for spots in next weekend’s West Central District 3 meet at Sumner.
The Lincoln Abes grabbed the 3A boys lead at the halfway point with 77 points, ahead of Capital with 61.
Wilson’s Trevon Powe, the day’s only multiple-event winner, nudged Capital’s Ryan Chase in the 110-meter hurdles (14.76 seconds to 14.9) and also won the 100 meters (11.22). Chase later won the long jump for the Cougars with an effort of 22-7¼.
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Olympia led the way in 4A boys with 69 first-day points, just ahead of South Kitsap at 65. The Bears had no individual champions, but went two-three-five in the javelin and had placers in every event.
Bellarmine Prep dominated in girls 4A with 102 points, earning four firsts with quality depth behind them.
Wilson was the Thursday leader in 3A girls with 72 points, with three firsts. Central Kitsap was second with 61 points heading to the weekend.
Powe, a senior, will be favored for a third league championship in the 200 meters Saturday. His mark of 22.36 tops the expected field.
The guy he beat in the high hurdles Thursday, Chase, is aiming to crack a barrier in the long jump when the district meet rolls around. His personal best is 22-11¾.
“I’m hoping for 23 feet,” said Chase, bound for the University New Mexico to compete in decathlons next year. “It’s a good facility in Sumner, and if the conditions are right, hopefully I can go 23.”
The Bellarmine Prep girls got firsts from their 4x100 relay team, from Amanda Wikramanayake in the 400 meters (59.13), from Elise Kleine in the pole vault (10-6) and from sophomore Diazanique Anderson in the triple jump (34-63/4), just a quarter-inch ahead of Natalie Davidson of Gig Harbor.
One of the top individual efforts Thursday was registered by Bellarmine distance man Jack Yearian. The junior was clocked in 4:10.78 in winning the 1,600 meters. Yearian finished second in state last year with a 4:08.5.
“Obviously, the goal is four minutes,” Yearian said. “This year I just want to win state. The time will come with it.”
His coach, Matt Ellis, said, “There will be a surprise or two (at state). Jack kind of surprised people last year.”
Yearian will run the 800 Saturday, an event in which he is ranked second in Washington and first in 4A with a best time of 1:52.52. He will also run the 3,200, where he ranks third in the state.
Yelm’s James Rodeman ran to victory in the 4A 110 hurdles in 14.6, and earned second place in the long jump at 21-11¾. Albert MacArthur of South Kitsap won with a leap of 22-1.
Timberline’s boys had two winners — Christien Barnes in the 100 meters at 11.25 and Austin Parker in the high jump at 6-2. Parker, a senior, began competing in the event just this year.
“He’s raw,” said Blazer coach Todd Taylor. “He’s just figuring things out.”
In leading the 3A boys race, the Abes got a shot put title by Ben Puapuaga (48-11) and a one-two effort in the high jump from Darien Williams and Dehonta Hayes (both 5-10), plus a two-four finish in the 100 meters and a three-four effort in the 1,600.
Carolina Watts of Capital didn’t hit her personal best in the pole vault (9-6, achieved last week at the Shaner Invite), but her 9-0 vault topped the field. Watts, a gymnast, didn’t start vaulting until midway through last year, she said.
“I am determined to beat our school’s record, which is 10 (feet),” she said.
Wilson freshman Morgan Greene won the girls 400 meters in 57.84, edging North Thurston senior Alexis Ross (47.93) at the wire.
Ross, who hopes to run for Central Washington next year, took consolation with a personal best that broke her own North Thurston school record.
Wilson also got firsts from Michelle Crosby in the discus (95-3) and triple jump from Jasmine Parker-Borrero (35-1½).
Gig Harbor’s boys 4x100 relay team, anchored by Mark Kimball, won the 4A event in 43.30. Kimball later placed second (50.21) in the 400 meters to Nicholas Stauffer of Stadium’s winning time of 49.87.