Everyone ready for Star Track

Central Kitsap’s Allie Rue (left) runs the last leg of the 400-meter relay last weekend at districts. CK would come up just short at ninth. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Central Kitsap’s Allie Rue (left) runs the last leg of the 400-meter relay last weekend at districts. CK would come up just short at ninth.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

The area was very well represented at the slew of West Central District III track and field meets last weekend. And while most of those athletes’ roads came to an end, Central Kitsap, Olympic and Klahowya all have something to look forward to at the WIAA Star Track State Track & Field Championships, which began yesterday in Pasco for CK and Oly and in Tacoma for Klahowya.

All three schools resume today, with the Eagles kicking things off at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Tahoma High School.

The Eagles have the largest contingent moving on, with a dozen entries into the 2A meet, led by defending 100- and 200-meter dash state champion Sam Rucker, who won the district 200 and 400 titles and will look to repeat as a two-event champ, this time replacing the 100 with the 400.

2A districts were held at North Mason High School in Belfair last weekend.

Klahowya’s 1,600-meter relay also claimed the top district spot, with John Rarig, Randy Schmittler, Nick Morgan and Rucker finishing the race in 3 minutes, 33.74 seconds to beat Sequim by .4 seconds.

Ben Dekock added his name to the list of Eagle district champs with his 161-feet, 1-inch launch in the javelin to win.

Klahowya’s Nick Morgan won the district title in the pole vault, clearing 12-feet even to top North Mason’s Virgil Mastel by a half- foot.

For the Eagles’ girls, only one was able to win a district crown as many came close.

Sharon Cox will be the top district seed to state after winning the long jump, soaring 15-9.5.

The Lady Eagles’ 800 relay, made up of Sarah Dawson, Sheree Kuehl, Jenna Adams and Rebekka Schell, came up second, less than a second behind Steilacoom. The team’s 1,600 relay was third, swapping out Kuehl for Anna Grummel.

Tiffony Gruenhagen was also a runner-up in the discus with her throw of 102-6.5. She was sixth in the shot put, missing the top-three cut.

Schell made the cut by finishing third in the 200 (27.57), the same spot Kuehl landed in the 400 (1:04.29). Following suit, Jessica Cantu was also third in the 800 (2:24.64.

Sierra Cook made the cut by taking third in the 3,200 (11:5.49), but just missed in the 1,600 when she finished fourth.

Klahowya’s Maile All was fourth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the 100 hurdles, where teammate Brittany Corley just missed the cut at fourth place. Serenity Jensen also took fourth place in the high jump.

For the boys, Noah Caffrey was fifth in the 3,200 and seventh in the 800. And while Schmittler qualified with the relay, he just missed out in the discus, finishing fifth, and in the javelin, where he took seventh place.

Paul Kelly took eighth in the shot put for the Eagles.

In 3A competition at Mount Tahoma last weekend, Olympic had some good numbers and times, but advanced just two to state.

On the boys side, speedster Brandon Fisher was fourth in the 100 thanks to a time of 11.52 seconds. The final standing was a big improvement as he qualified eighth in the preliminaries. Highline’s Marlon Murray sped to the win with a time of 11.24 while Olympic League rivals Jack Holley of Peninsula (11.4) and Alex Griffin of Bremerton (11.52) were second and third respectively.

Fisher will be joined at state by teammate Samantha Brewer after she cleared 15-11.5 to take fourth in the long jump.

No Trojan came painstakingly closer to advancing than hurdler Vic Chatman in the 110 high hurdles. Chatman finished ninth, one spot shy of making the state cut, with a time of 15.82.

Fisher finished 12th in the 200 while teammate Brent Groulik was 13th in the 800. Andy Wagner led the distance runners with a 10th-place finish in the 3,200, followed by Dan Bargerstock’s 16th-place finish in the 1,600.

Ross Payne rounded out districts for Oly’s boys with a 13th in the long jump. The boys scored 5 points as a team to finish 27th in the meet that Lakes won with 59 points.

Brianna Wells was 15th for Oly in the 800, the same placing Annika Turner took in the 3,200 and Jaquiline Thorton finished in shot put. Turner added a 21st-place finish in the 1,600.

As for Central Kitsap, only Sean Walker advanced to the 4A state meet, also in Pasco.

Walker was the runner-up in the 300 hurdles last weekend, also at Mount Tahoma, with a time of 40.16, just behind Curtis’ James Hunter (39.22). Walker was fifth in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.31 as another Curtis hurdler, Josh Garrett, won with a time of 14.86.

The girls 800, 1,600 and 400 relays were seventh, eighth and ninth respectively, but only the top six moved on.

That also left the seventh-place boys 400 relay and shot putter John Lillig home, as he took eighth in the event.

CK’s Bethani Braun came in ninth in the shot put and 11th in the discus while teammate Allie Rue was 12th in the 200.

Cougar Lynette Gordon also took 12th place in the long jump and Linsay Hart was 13th in the triple jump.

Eric Dore was 13th in the boys 400 for the Cougars, the same spot Derek Parrish took in both the 110 and 300 hurdle events.

Central Kitsap’s boys 1,600 relay was 10th and distance runner Rustin Winger took 12th in the 800.

High jumpers Robbin Harris and Shawn McBride were 11th and tied for 12th respectively and Bryan Johnson was 13th in the pole vault.

Both CK and Oly continue at 9 a.m. today in Pasco.

Results of Friday’s meets were unavailable at press time.

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