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Cougar boys have the run of the Oly League meet
"Sprawling on a sun-bathed swath of grass adjacent to the triple jump runway at Bremerton's Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Eric Roy looked like the consummate man of leisure.Black knit cap pulled over his noggin and headphones clasped to his ears, the injured Central Kitsap High School sprinter could provide little save moral support to his teammates, who were chasing the defending champion Port Angeles boys for the team title in the final Olympic League track and field meet.As it turned out, the Cougars were just fine without Roy's idle feet. Nursing a sore hamstring injured at last month's Pasco Invitational, Roy watched as the sprint titles he swept a year ago were snatched up by other claimants (Olympic's Jarrell Nelson won the 100 meters; Port Townsend's Kolby Riley took the 200 and 400).The Cougars nonetheless overtook the Roughriders for the championship, 126-109.No one could handle the Port Angeles girls, however, who breezed to the title again by accumulating 150 points.Dustin Wilson, who had broken the meet record in Friday's preliminaries, got the Cougars off and running Saturday by taking the 110 hurdles in 14.9 seconds. With Roy gone from the field, Olympic sophomore Nelson ran a 10.9 100 meters to edge Riley, Bremerton's Larry Kimmons and Jake Freitas of Port Townsend, all of whom were clocked at 11.1.Nelson, a slightly built flash, was happy to wear the king-of-speed mantle, Roy or no Roy.It doesn't really matter, Nelson said. There were more guys to worry about than just Roy. I thought it was going to be real close. I was surprised I got a little distance on them.Riley (22.6), outpaced Nelson (22.9) in the 200 and won the 400 (49.7) with little trouble.It's hard to sit up here and watch everyone run the events you ran a couple weeks ago, Roy said. Me and Jarrell and Kolby all give each other a hard time. It's a missed opportunity to make myself better running against those guys.I was kind of the guy to beat, just because I won last year, Roy added. Kolby and Jarrell are both great athletes, so nothing was given. I would've had to go 110 percent in every single event just to beat them.Without Roy, one of two returning members from the Cougar unit that won last year's state Class 4A 4x100 relay championship, Central's quartet of Wilson, Zach Renzo, Glenn West and little brother Adam Roy put together a 43.86 to win the league title. For West, it was one of three titles earned over a successful weekend. The quiet senior won his third OL long jump title in as many years Saturday with a final leap of 21-0.5. He came back Saturday to take the 300 hurdles in 40.6.This whole week we've been talking about it, beating PA, West said. They always come with the numbers; it's amazing. It's just kind of nice to bring it home again. It's nice to win the last one.West was particularly happy with his effort in the hurdles.My time went down about three seconds in two days, he said. I've been working very hard on that lately. I'm just glad it all paid off.The jump pits featured a pair of dramatic duels. After Central Kitsap junior Christine Murray took a stranglehold in the long jump by landing personal-best 16-2.5, Bainbridge's Crisma Biggs matched that number on her next jump. The two ended there, with Murray prevailing because her second-best jump of 15-5 was better than Biggs' next longest mark (14-9).Exultant after surpassing the 16-foot plateau for the first time, Murray seemed a little nonplussed when Biggs, also a junior, equaled the feat.I was so psyched; that just took away my thunder, Murray said. That's never happened to me. I've never seen that happen before.In his final attempt, Klahowya senior Ryan Williams leapt past Bainbridge's Joe Mankes and into the triple jump lead with a vault of 42-0.5. How did Mankes respond? He exploded on his final attempt, landing with a distance of 43-3.5 and winning, as they say, going away.A couple records fell as well Saturday, as Bremerton's Josie Lavin bettered her meet mark en route to an easy win in the 800 in 2:18.7. Olympic's Erin Shafer set a new meet record in the pole vault, soaring 10-9.That was a very nice solo effort, Bremerton coach Lloyd Pugh said of Lavin's victory in the 800. She had to do it all on her own. It was cool and a little breezy, but she's a tough competitor.In the high jump, Viking senior Jay Oost cleared 6-2 to beat defending champion Dyame Lemming of Central Kitsap and Bainbridge's Mankes, both of whom could do no better than 6-0.Oost missed on his first two tries at 6-2 before succeeding in the victorious effort.Dyame won last year, but I had the opportunity. I just got done with the 4x100 (relay) so I was stretched out a little, and I think that helped. I wasn't expecting to win, so it's pretty cool, yeah. "