Chyenne Kelly-Marconi, Alexia Hanway, and Octavio Alejandre are moving on to the state track and field meet at Eastern Washington University this weekend after qualifying in last weekend’s District 5-6 meet at Ephrata High School.
This will be Kelly-Marconi’s second trip to state. Hanway and Alejandre will experience their first.
There will be a send-off assembly on Thursday at Lake Roosevelt High School for all State participants. Head Coach Lori Adkins liked the vibe the Raiders gave her on the way to the district meet.
“I could tell by the atmosphere among the athletes, from the minute we left for the meet, that it was going to be a great day,” Adkins said. “They seemed to be on a mission to reach their goals!”
Kelly-Marconi continued her banner season by capturing three district crowns on Saturday — in the triple jump and both hurdles races. She will be moving on to state in all four of her events. She won the triple jump with a 33 foot, 5 inch leap. In the long jump she took third with a personal record jump of 15-3.75. And she won the 300-meter low hurdles in a PR time of 52 seconds flat. She also ran a PR race in the 100 hurdles, taking the district crown in 17.4 seconds.
Hanway will be moving on in two of the three events she competed in on Saturday. She took third in the 3200-meter race, finishing with the time of 15:07.2. In the pole vault, Hanway finished second with a vault of 6 feet, 6 inches. She also ran the 800, taking sixth in 2:54.82.
Alejandre reached a season goal on Saturday as he surpassed 40 feet in the shot put. He also met another season goal by taking first in the shot. He took the district crown by throwing 41 feet, 2.5 inches at Ephrata.
Bryson Goggles-Whalawitsa threw a PR in the shot and almost qualified for state. Goggles-Whalawitsa threw 36-2.5 and finished fourth on the day. Goggles-Whalawitsa will be going to state as an alternate for the shot.
Coltin Williams will also be going as an alternate, for the pole vault. Williams finished fourth with a vault of 9 feet. Williams finished seventh in the 300 hurdles in 51.98 seconds, a career PR by over a second.
Eren Moon placed sixth in the shot, throwing 29-10, and sixth in discus with a throw of 75-3. Samantha Turner also threw the discus for seventh place, with the throw of 74-9.
Alaynah Herman finished eighth in the 800 in 3:15.22, and took fifth in the 1600 in 6:47.4. Herman was only 0.39 seconds behind the state alternate, Lilly Schlotzhauer from Liberty Bell, for the fourth-place spot. Clare Castrodale finished fourth in the 3200 in 16:55.4. Castrodale can go to state as an alternate for that race.
State 2B track starts at 9 a.m. on Friday. The first Raider competing will be Hanway at 10 a.m. at the pole vault, then she will run the 3200 at 10:50.
Kelly-Marconi will start her state competition at 10:10 Friday in the triple jump, followed by the 100-meter hurdles prelims at 11:55 and the 300-meter prelims at 3:30 p.m.
Alejandre will throw on Friday at 12:30 p.m. behind the Fieldhouse on the Eastern football practice field.
On Saturday, Kelly-Marconi will be the only Raider competing, as she has the long jump at 12:45 p.m., and the 100 hurdles finals at 10:55 a.m. and the 300 at at 1:50 p.m.