The track and field team had a great weekend up at the Shoreline Invitational. Athletes battled the cold and wind at the 10 hour meet, and many emerged with lifetime bests and two athletes left the meet with school records in tow.
The loudest cheers of the day came when junior Jonah Mains heaved a personal best in the men’s shot put by over 3’. This new personal best was not only a huge improvement on his previous school record (51’1), but his winning toss of 54’6” was over 4’ farther than his nearest competitor. To win a meet with 80+ schools is impressive, but to do so in such dominating fashion is remarkable; his throw moves him into #2 in the 4A rankings. Mains went on to throw a new personal best in the men’s discus as well, moving into #2 all-time in the Emerald Ridge record books and making the finals in that event at Shoreline.
Also in the throws, fellow junior Ellie Peterson uncorked a lifetime best of her own in the women’s discus. Peterson improved on her previous school record of 109’ when she tossed 112’ in the preliminary rounds this weekend. This mark solidifies her in the top-5 in our league in both the javelin and the discus.
The onslaught continued on the freshmen record books as four new times made their way to the top of the list. In the men’s 100 meter dash, Asher Ogden equaled teammate Cantrell Thomas in that event and the two stand as co-freshmen school record holders at 11.61. Thomas had a day of his own, running to a huge personal best in the 200 meter dash, lowering his own freshmen record by 6-tenths of a second. Tommy Wirth matched their feat in the 800 meters, narrowly setting the freshmen record in that event; and the previous freshmen record holder 800, Joel Nealon, lowered his time in the 1600 to 4:43.06, bettering his own record. Although not a freshmen record, Lucas Johnson also had a big lifetime best of 4:46 in the mile to break the 5-minute barrier for the first time.
Ogden also had a good day in the 110 hurdles, finishing in third place among the field of upperclassmen. His teammate, Carley Huber, matched that feat in the 300 hurdles, finishing in third place with a lifetime best of 48.25.
The duo of Roz Slichko and Emily Wells ran to lifetime bests in the 3200 meters. Slichko ran 11:09 to finish in ninth place and just miss out on the podium – her time is an improvement on her #2 all-time mark in that event and trails only Madison Colley. Wells was 3 spots behind her en route to a lifetime best of 11:26 in the 8 lap contest.
The women’s 4x400 relay team of Huber, Taylor Stilli, Sydney Colbern, and Sophia Brown finished in fourth place with a new season best time in that event.
This week we travel down to Sparks Stadium to compete against Puyallup and Rogers in the Annual All-City Track & Field Meet. Action gets started at 3:15 with field events and at 4:00 with running events.