Area schools gain from SK

Olympic’s Christian Demouchet continued his strong season with a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles at the SK Invite Saturday.  - Photo by Jesse Beals
Olympic’s Christian Demouchet continued his strong season with a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles at the SK Invite Saturday.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Warm sunny skies and an opportunity to compete on a fast track awaited the 17 schools competing at the South Kitsap Invitational Saturday, April 22.

For Central Kitsap and Olympic, the meet provided an opportunity to have a sneak peek at runners, jumpers and throwers they will be seeing again soon in league and district meets. For 2A Klahowya, it was a rare chance for the Eagles to see how they measure up with the big boys and girls in the area.

“I really like this meet for the competition because you can have bragging rights if you beat the bigger schools,” said Klahowya’s Sam Rucker. “In the 100, I did fine, but my 200, there were just some conditions ... and I made a mistake but I know how I can fix it.”

Rucker came in fourth in the 100-meter dash final in 11.1 seconds.

“We’re the only 2A school here. Everybody else is big,” said Eagles coach Bryan Demaray. “We did this (event) specifically to give the kids big-meet experience against some real stiff competition.”

The competition was not quite stiff enough for the Eagles’ Sierra Cook as Cook dominated the girls 3,200 in 11 minutes, 40.5 seconds, almost a half-minute ahead of her nearest competitor.

Olympic’s Storm Fanua also made her way to the top of the standings, throwing the discus 126-feet, 6-inches.

“Today, I felt not too good to throw,” Fanua said. “The last throw I really wanted the T-shirt for first place so I went out and gave it my all.”

Fanua also finished fourth in the shot put with a 35-5 1/4 throw. The Trojans’ only other shot putter, Renae Thorne, finished 15th, throwing with a sore shoulder.

Thorne said she wasn’t planning to win the event but hoped to perform better.

“Hopefully, I can (still) qualify for districts,” she said.

Olympic was pleased with how the youth on its squad is progressing at this point in the season.

“I have a lot of good sophomores who are doing well,” said Olympic coach Greg Chapman. “I’m real pleased with them.”

For Central Kitsap, coach Mark Ward said his team has historically taken a little different approach at this point in the season, as Saturday marked the Cougars’ final regular season meet.

“This is our last weekend of invites. Since way back in the Olympic League days, we’ve taken that last weekend off and had some real intense practices,” Ward said. “We make sure we have that mental focus for the (postseason).”

Angelo Toole had the best performance for CK at the invite, finishing second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.6 seconds. Sprinter Danny Van Datta won his preliminary heat of the 100 in 11.12 seconds but could not match it in the final, finishing seventh in 11.3.

“I felt pretty good about the 100 (prelims). I’ve just been getting back in the groove,” Van Datta said. “The 200 was not so good. I missed key workouts because I was helping out with some of the (younger) kids ... but I know coach Ward has some (intense) workouts planned to get me back goin’ in the 200.”

The Eagles go again tomorrow against Port Townsend, Vashon and Orting at 3:15 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium. Olympic heads to Bremerton at 3:30 p.m. Thursday while CK hosts Port Angeles Friday at 3:30.

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