The Bob Atwell Classic fills a need, says Bob Atwell.
A former coach and athletic director at Timberline High School, Atwell has long supported the season-ending track and field meet that bears his name. The meet is for non-qualifiers to the postseason.
“These kids work just as hard as the athletes who are moving on,” he said as Tuesday’s meet swirled around him at South Sound Stadium in Lacey. “They deserve a big meet at the end of the season, too.”
Olympia swept both the boys and girls team titles, but athletes from four of the six schools in attendance took advantage of the moment to set meet records.
The Bears’ Michael Britton, who added two inches to the boys high jump standard in only his third competition, was one of eight Bears to break meet records. His winning jump of 5 feet, 8 inches broke the old mark of 5-6 set two years ago by Capital’s Colin Hale.
“You only live once,” he said of adding the high jump to his usual event, the javelin. “I like it because it’s just you. You’re up in the air. You have to set a goal and meet it, even though I came up a little short today, I wanted to go 5-10.”
Another Olympia competitor, Tilahun Castro, beat the old 1,600-meter record by nearly 13 seconds, finishing in 4:39.96. Castro also finished second in the 3,200 meters with a personal record of 10 minutes, 19.55 seconds that would have been another meet record if teammate Dylan Miller finished ahead of him in 10:18.66.
Olympia’s Noah Murry also bested the meet mark in the 800 meters, winning with a time of 2:05.55, which beat Murry’s previous personal best by more than a second.
Ryan Underland’s 44-6 1/2 in the shot put for the Bears erased the record of 41-3. Underland added the discus title with a throw of 110-1.
Olympia football and basketball star David Woodward, undefeated in the javelin this season, tried the long jump for just the third time and won by nearly two feet, breaking the meet record by eight inches in the process at 19-8.
Yelm’s Cole Harrison broke the record in the boys 400 meters with a time of 53.77. Tornado freshman Derrick Platt was a double winner, knocking off the old meet record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.83 and winning the 110 hurdles in 16.44.
In the pole vault, Yelm’s Nathan Mathis upped the meet record by six inches to 11-0.
On the girls side, River Ridge freshman Margaret Zilla was a double winner and record setter, taking the 100 hurdles in 17.83 and the triple jump in 30-6. Zilla had a busy afternoon, also finishing second in the long jump (13-8 1/2) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (54.88)
Olympia freshman Olivia Senna took more than a full second off the 400-meter record with a time of 1:04.37. Senna also finished second in the javelin (85-7) and sixth in the long jump (13-2). The Bears’ Danica Kopp added more than a foot to the long jump record with a leap of 14-9 and was also third in the triple jump at 27-9 1/2.
Tumwater senior Anna Chartrey, running in a late heat with only two other runners, barely edged under the old 200-meter record of 28.02 with a mark of 28.00. The T-Birds’ Kylla Hayes smashed the pole vault mark by 18 inches, finishing at 8-6.