Track hits stride at Royal City
At the Ron Vanderholm Invite last Friday in Royal City, both Lake Roosevelt squads placed at an invitational meet for the first time this season.
“We are developing depth in many of our events and our team scores are beginning to show it,” Head Coach Lori Adkins said.
The Raider girls finished third at the meet by scoring 89 team points.
Leading the LR girls was Kim Barry, who swept the long distance races and took first in the pole vault.
Barry’s championship times: 2 minutes, 32 seconds in the 800-meter run; 5:49 in the 1600 and 12:11 in the 3200.
Her vault of 7 feet 6 inches was the champion vault for the day.
Cheyenne Kelly-Marconi placed in all four of her events, too. The girls’ triple jump champ managed a 2-foot PR jump of 32 feet 7.5 inches. She also set a personal record by 14 inches in the long jump to place fourth with 15 feet.
On the track, Kelly-Marconi ran the 300 low hurdles in 52.94, which, besides placing her second, was a PR of 1.3 seconds. She rounded out the day with a seventh place in the 100 hurdles in 19.12 seconds.
Miranda Salas also took home a blue ribbon in the javelin where she threw 92 feet, a 2-foot PR. She also threw 2-foot PR in the shot put, placing eighth with a throw of 27-5.
Mary Ann Matheson began to show her cross country state participant form on Friday placing and PRing in both the 1600 and the 3200. She bested her PR 1600 time by 17 seconds, finishing seventh in 6:52. Matheson sped up her pace by 5 seconds to take fifth in the 3200 with her new PR of 14:42. Katelynn Schilling earned second place the shot put with a throw of 31-10, her highest finish of the season.
The Raider boys placed eighth overall, beating out league rival White Swan along with 1A Mabton, Wahluke, and Columbia-Burbank.
Leading the charge for the Raider boys was Sean Waters, who placed in both the discus (second, with 118- 9) and the shot put (fifth with 39-4).
Nick Gleason took seventh in the 100 in 12.28 seconds. And he took fifth in pole vault, propelling himself to clear 9 feet, a career personal record.
Jesse Adkins continued his placing streak, finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles with a career PR of 42.57 seconds.
Matthew Timentwa cleared 9-6 inches in the pole vault to place third, behind league rival Zeb Eilers of Kittitas, who vaulted 11 feet.
Luke Night Wolf competed in three events on Friday placing in one and breaking PRs in all three. Night Wolf placed in the 200, where his PR time of 26.54 was good enough for eighth. His other PRs came in the 300 hurdles, where he improved by one second to 58.96. In his last event, Night Wolf finished ninth in the 400 with a career PR of 1 minute, only 0.7 seconds away from placing.
This weekend Raider t rack will travel to Quincy for the 13th annual Larson Allen Invitational. Field events start at 10:30 a.m. Track events start at 11:30.
The Raiders will face a stiff field with competion from 1A and 2A ranks that will be well represented. Larson Allen will also provide the Raiders their first real look at the current state of Central Washington 2B competion. They will face for the first time this season Brewster, Manson, Pateros and Soap Lake.