Area track and field athletes fare well at Oly Leagues
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:14 PM
BREMERTON The Olympic Trojan boys turned in a very strong second-place team performance at last weekends Olympic League Track and Field Championships, highlighted by three first-place finishes. The Eagles boys team matched the gold medal haul while only placing in six total events, finishing eighth.
Olympics Vic Chatman bested the field in the hurdle events, winning the 110 meter highs in 15.38 seconds and the 300 intermediates with a personal record of 41.27 despite being on the mend from some minor leg injuries.
Getting him healed up was a major concern for us, said coach Greg Chapman. It was nice to see him come back and be able to win.
DaVon Gibson capped a busy weekend for the Trojans with a winning long jump of 20 feet, 10.25 inches.
That was a monster jump for him, Chapman said.
Gibson also placed sixth in the high jump (5-4) and seventh in the 200 (23.62). He joined Brandon Fisher, Ross Payne and Patrick Kendl on the second-place 400 relay (44.23).
Payne also was third in the long jump (19-6.25) and eighth in the 100 (11.94), while Kendl was fifth in the long jump (19-3.5) and sixth in the triple jump (36-5.5).
Fisher ran well in the 100 (11.19) and 200 (23.08) but placed third and fourth respectively in a very tough field. Travis Quinn showed well in the hurdle events placing third in the 300 (43.43) and fourth in the 110s (17.66).
Andy Wagner led an impressive showing by the Olympic distance runners, placing second in the 800 (2:04.5), 1600 (4:34.6) and 3200 (10:02.3) runs. Peter Duane placed fifth in the 800 (2:06.5), while Brent Groulik ran seventh (2:07.2). Dane Bargerstock added a pair of sixth-place runs to the cause, going 4:40.7 in the 1,600 and 10:13.9 in the 3,200.
Wayne Steffens added a seventh in the 400 (55.63), Brenden Schruhl was eighth in the 3,200 (10:14.8), Travis Ottele was eighth in the pole vault (9-6), and Duane, Groulik, Wagner and Steffens closed out the scoring with a seventh in the 1,600 relay (3:42.1).
Sam Rucker won a pair of quality sprints for Klahowya, running personal records in the 200 and 400. His 22.20 in the shorter race edged out Peninsulas Jack Holley, Bremertons Alex Griffin and Fisher. His 49.92 was his first sub-50 run and he beat the field by more than two seconds.
We knew it was just a matter of time, said Eagles coach Leo Suzuki. It was great to see him do it without tough competition. He was very relaxed the last 100 meters, so I knew he was going to get it.
Ben Dekock also posted an impressive win, easily out-throwing the field in the javelin with a launch of 171-0.
Paul Kelly was fourth in the shot put (41-10.5) and Randy Schmittler threw fifth in the discus (117-8).
Rucker, Schmittler, John Rarig and Josh Webster ran fourth in the 1,600 relay (3:38.5), breaking their own school record set just two weeks ago.
Klahowya got the better of the matchup on the girls side, ending in fifth place with 76 points, while Olympic placed seventh with 40.
Sierra Cook had a pair of second-place runs for the Eagles, turning in a 2:27.4 in the 800 and an 11:58.6 in the 3,200. Tiffony Gruenhagen had a good meet in the throwing events with a second in the discus (102-4) and a fifth in the shot put (30-11).
The Eagles racked up big points in the 100 high hurdles with Serenity Jenson taking third (17.93), Maile All fifth (18.33) and Anna Stewart eighth (19.18). All added a third in the 300 lows at 52.26. Jenson also placed sixth in the high jump (4-6).
Rebekka Schell sprinted to a third in the 200 (27.55) and Anna Grummel was fourth in the 400 (1:05.16). Grummel added a seventh in the long jump (13-8) while Sharon Cox was third (15-1.75). Jessica Cantu ran sixth in the finals of the 800 (2:35.2), but had turned in a PR of 2:29.7 in the preliminaries when she didnt have to run the 1,600 before it.
The 1,600 relay team of Sarah Dawson, Sheree Kuehl, Grummel and Jenna Adams placed third (4:20.65) with a season best, the second-fastest time in school history.
Olympic only has 14 athletes on its girls team, but still managed to score in 11 events.
With the girls we do have, we did very well, Chapman said.
Jaquiline Thornton led the way placing in three individual events. She was third in the shot put (31-4), sixth in the javelin (90-1) and discus (89-9).
The 100 dash was good to Olympic, with Jillian Lorena placing third (13.23) and Bianca Fisher fifth (13.40).
Brianna Wells was seventh in the 1600 (5:52.5) and eighth in the 800 (2:45.1), although her 2:31 time in the 800 prelims makes her a top seed in todays sub-district meet.
Kayla SanGil also placed in a pair of individual events, running sixth in the 300 hurdles (55.39) and seventh in the 100s (18.78). Annika Turner was eighth in the 3,200 (12:47.4).
Olympic scored a third place in the 400 relay (52.87) with Samantha Brewer, Thomasina McMahon, Lorena and Fisher. Fisher, Wells, SanGil and Lorena were sixth in the 1,600 (4:34.4).
The Narrows League Track and Field Championships also kicked off this week, with its prelims Wednesday at South Kitsap High School.
CKs boys were ninth and the girls seventh on the opening day, with each side scoring points.
For the boys, senior John Lillig was the lone placer, taking seventh in the shot put with a throw of 45-5.5.
In girls competition, CK had three placers.
Cougar Bethani Braun led the way, taking second in the discus with a throw of 102-9. That was still almost 25 feet shorter than the winner however, as Mari Bingham of Mount Tahoma aired one out 127-5.
Centrals Vienna Gilman earned a sixth-place tie in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-8.
Lynette Gordan also placed for CK, taking seventh in the long jump with an effort of 16-1.75.
Sports Editor Aaron Managhan contributed
to this report.