Busy weekend for track athletes

Central Kitsap’s Connor Chesser tosses the shot put during prelims at the South Kitsap Invitational track meet on Saturday. - Jesse Beals/staff photo
Central Kitsap’s Connor Chesser tosses the shot put during prelims at the South Kitsap Invitational track meet on Saturday.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/staff photo

t Cougars compete at Pasco, joined at SK by KSS, Oly.

Most athletes would have taken Saturday off after a revolving cycle of hail, sleet, snow rain and even sunshine battered most of Kitsap County.

But track athletes aren’t just any athletes.

Competing through the wild weather this weekend, Central Kitsap, Olympic and Klahowya all took part in the South Kitsap Invitational tournament on Saturday in Port Orchard.

And while all three schools finished near the bottom of the team point standings, all three had encouraging efforts as well.

On the boys side, Federal Way edged host South Kitsap 111.5 to 108.5 to take the team win.

For Olympic, John Wojtech led the way, claiming third place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 38.17 seconds.

Brent Groulik placed seventh in the 400, finishing in 53.58. Teammate Braden Schruhl finished in the same place in the 800, running the race in 2:06.99. Another distance runner, Nic Porter, was fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:12.82, while teammate Johnathon Bergman was sixth at 10:19.02.

Oly’s boys totalled 17 team points for 13th amongst the invite’s 17 scoring teams.

Klahowya’s Noah Caffrey was the only Eagle placer on the boys side, finishing the 1,600 in 4:51.31, good for seventh place. He accounted for all six of Klahowya’s team points on the boys side, finishing 17th overall.

For Central Kitsap, the Cougars were seventh in the 400 relay and 1,600 relay while taking eighth in the distance medley relay, helping CK score 11 team points to take 14th.

Individually, Colton Rice was sixth in the pole vault clearing 11-feet flat while Marcus D’Angelo and Chris Cole were seventh and eighth respectively in the javelin.

On the girls side, South Kitsap defended its home track with 109 team points to beat out North Kitsap’s 98.

Klahowya scored 20 team points on the girls side, good for an 11th-place finish.

The Eagles were led by the 1,600 relay team, which posted a time of 4:18.77. The Eagles finished just six seconds back of Bainbridge for second place in the event.

Klahowya’s Brittany Corely was sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18:26, the same placement the girls 800 relay earned with their time of 1:59.55. Sharon Cox’s leap of 15-04.5 was good for third place in the long jump.

Olympic scored 15 team points for 14th place, finishing ahead of CK by just two points.

The Trojans were paced by their distance medley team, which was second with a time of 16:19.04.

Individually, Samantha Brewer was fifth in the long jump, leaping 15.01.5 while Brianna Wells was sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:35.65.

Central Kitsap finished similarly, with both Brittany Siegrist (1,600; 6:09.09) and Maggie Crow (3,200; 12:55.28) each taking sixth place in their respective events.

Briana Haskell was fifth in the high jump as she cleared 4-06 while Emily Bennett also took fifth in the javelin.

The Cougars had a split squad at the event as CK also participated in the prestigious Pasco Invitational on Saturday.

At the meet, which draws more than 50 schools from Washington and Oregon, Central Kitsap scored three points on both the boys and girls side, good for 48th on the boys side and 43rd on the girls.

For the boys, Derek Parrish logged the team points when he took sixth in the 300 hurdles, finishing the race in 41.18.

Shane Moskowitz nearly added to the total with a ninth-place finish in the 1,600 and a 10th-place finish in the 3,200.

For the girls, it was a team effort as the 1,600 relay, consisting of Christina Woldberg, Allie Rue, Shannon Moskowitz and Sam Sudy, was sixth with a time of 4:09.51.

Sudy was 10th in the 400 with a time of 60.48 while Rebekah Daniel was 12th in the long jump with a leap of 15-08.75.

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