CK's Wilson triumphs at top track meet

Central Kitsap’s Dustin Wilson dusted the field in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 41st annual Pasco Invitational on Saturday, April 13, and only a poor handoff prevented the Cougars’ 400 relay from doing the same in one of the state’s most prestigious track and field meets.

“It was well within our grasp,” Central coach Mark Ward said of the 4x100 event. “We were quite a ways ahead.”

On a day when the winds averaged 27 mph and gusted to as high as 35 mph, CK’s Wilson lowered his own school record in the 110 hurdles with a 14.4-second clocking in the prelims.

“The wind was at his back in the prelims and in his face during the finals,” Ward said.

Wilson, whose previous best was 14.6, won the finals in 14.89.

Wilson also ran the first leg of the 4x100 relay. He handed the baton to Adam Roy, who gave it to Jake Anderson.

Anderson and anchor Kevin Pentz had a mixup on their exchange.

“It was a combination of things,” Ward said. “Kevin may have left a shade too early. The incoming runner (Anderson) had the baton kind of in a wrong position. They just didn’t match up.”

Pentz ended up having to turn around and stop at the end of the zone. The Cougars still ended up fifth with a time of 43.85 seconds.

Ward thinks they were on pace to run 42.7 or 42.8. Portland’s Benson High won the event in 42.9.

CK’s 4x400 relay started strong and finished strong, placing fourth with a school-record 3:26.53.

“It was one of those deals where we were really looking forward to going to Pasco to see what we could do against the big boys,” Ward said. “We went over feeling good with the foursome we had, but we had really not run against anybody. Nobody had been within seven or 10 seconds of them.”

The expectations were lowered, however, when Thomas Driver Jr., who had been running the first leg of the 1,600 relay, suffered a severe hamstring strain on his first attempt in the long jump and had to be scratched.

“I looked around at who we had,” Ward said. “I decided to go with Adam Roy. He’s got decent speed from being on the 4x100. He’s also our No. 1 300 hurdler and ran the 400 a little in junior high. But this was his first time with this group. I said, ‘Go find Roy. Tell him to go get mentally ready. He’s the man now.’”

Roy jumped in and ran an impressive 53-second split and was followed by Aaron Nadeau, Anderson and Pentz.

“The other three welcomed Adam with open arms,” Ward said. “They just said, ‘Get the stick to us and we’ll do the rest.’ After his 53, he more than got the stick to them.”

Other highlights at Pasco included Olympic High sprinter Jarrell Nelson, who placed third in the 100 (11.11) and fourth in the 200 (22.59). Bremerton’s Kellen Alley lowered his own school mark in the 300 hurdles, placing third in 39.68. Alley also ran a career-best 15.2 during the prelims in the high hurdles.

Pentz was fifth in the 100 (11.37) and 400 (50.06), which was run after the mixup in the short relay. “My head wasn’t really into it,” said Pentz of the 400. The CK senior set a school record in the event (49.8) earlier this year.

Ward said Pentz covered the first 200 meters in 21.9, “but when he hit the corner, the wind slapped him in the face. We’ve been working almost entirely on speed. He didn’t have the speed endurance to get after it into the wind. It was just a double whammy for him, the wind and coming off that relay. It’s a good learning experience. He still was able to hold on and get a fifth place against some good competition.”

Central’s boys placed sixth overall in the team competition, which was won by Benson.

In the girls competition, Olympic pole vaulter Erin Shafer (11-0) and Bremerton javelin thrower Tomitka McMurrin (122-0) led the West Sound contingent with third-place efforts.

CK’s talented sophomore sprinter, Brittany Rozier, was fifth in the 100 (12.84) and 200 (26.62). Those electronic times convert to 12.5 and 26.3, both career marks for Rozier.

Olympic’s Megan Walker-Richards was 10th overall in the 3200 (11:343.84), Bremerton’s MarCia Abrams had the 10th-best 400 time (1:00.78) and CK’s Kim Reiland was 18th in the 1600 (5:30.14). CK’s Lauren Sato PR’s in the 300 hurdles (50.10).

Central Kitsap, Olympic and Bremerton will compete at the South Kitsap Invitational on Saturday, April 20. CK’s prom is that night, so the Cougars will be taking a small group of varsity athletes and a larger junior varsity contingent. CK won’t run any relays, Ward said.

Redfern second — Lindsey Redfern of King’s West placed second in the 300 hurdles (52.8) at the Crescent Invitational in Joyce on Saturday, April 14. James Meier was fourth in the javelin (146-5) to lead the KW boys.

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