All-City Track & Field Meet

The Jaguars traveled down to Sparks Stadium for our All-City meet and wrapped up the regular season with plenty of highlights.


The most exciting double of the day came from junior distance runner Jessie Foster, who led from start to finish in the men’s 1600  (4:40) and then stormed from behind to catch a fading Viking for a narrow win in the 800 a few events later in a new personal best of 2:04.89. Terrance Sylvas (800), Adam Volkman (800), Jay Partridge (800), Asa Kidd (800), Jonathan Henke (800), and Tommy Wirth (1600) all ran personal bests in those events.


On the women’s side, sophomore Roz Slichko also won a wire-to-wire race in the women’s 1600, ultimately finishing six seconds ahead of her nearest competitor (5:15). Slichko was followed by teammate Emily Wells (5:22) in third place. Senior Sydney Colbern ran a season best time in the women’s 800, finishing in second in a time of 2:26; Kaiah Tenbarge also had a personal best in the same race. In the women’s 3200, junior Hannah Scheerer beat all of the Puyallup competitors and finished in second overall.


Sophomore Hugo Ntanda equaled his season best in the high jump (5’10) and also leapt a lifetime best of 18’11.5” in the long jump. Jack Jindra and Noah Stalker also took advantage of favorable wind conditions to jump personal bests in the long jump as well. Junior Sammie McGinty earned the victory in the women’s high jump, defeating everyone from both Rogers and Puyallup with a season best jump of 4’8”.


In the throws, Ellie Peterson secured the All-City crown with her throw of 111’7” to narrowly beat a talented Viking; the two flip-flopped in the javelin, as Ellie finished second to the defending state champion. Three of her teammates secured personal bests in the discus as well as Evany Guerrero, Savannah Fickle, and Jule Herold all had great days. On the men’s side, Nathaniel Dailey (SP & Discus) and Gavin Allen (Discus) also earned personal bests in the throws.


The short sprints produced plenty of great marks with the wind at their backs. Asher Ogden set a new freshmen school record in the 100 meter dash, running 11.42 for fourth place, moving him into #7 all-time in Emerald Ridge history. Ogden’s teammate and fellow freshmen, Cantrell Thomas, shattered his own freshmen school record in the 200 as well, running 22.90 for the win and catapulting him to #4 on our all-time list. Ogden also earned another victory in the 110 hurdles and Thomas ran a lifetime best of 41.98 in the 300 hurdles shortly before his 200. This duo has combined to set freshmen records in the 100, 200, 400, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and contributed on both 4x100 and 4x400 relays; the future is bright. Other sprinters setting personal bests included: Justyn Forward (100M and 200M), Carl Milam (100M), Evan Holcomb (100M), Christian Thompson (100M & 200M), Kai Johnson (100M & 200M), Sam Anderson (100M & 200M), Nicc Cruz (200M), Colin Rice (200M & 300H), Nick Pachta (110H), and Calob Pringrey (200M).


In the women’s sprints, Sydney Kuhlman led all Jaguars in the 100 meter dash with her lifetime best of 13.78 and freshman Taylor Stilli was just shy of her personal best in the 200. Sophia Brown finished in third place with a season best time of 63.10 in the women’s 400. Gabriela Cintron continued her march to the post-season, running a season best in the 100 hurdles for second place and a season best in the 300 hurdles for third place. Teammate Carley Huber finished just ahead of Gabriela in the 300 hurdles. Other sprinters with personal bests included: Grace Derricks (100M), Haylie Garske (100M), Nicole Fleetwood (100M & 200M), Ainsley Guay (100M & 200M), Allison Santos-Rodriguez (100M), Phoebe Martin (100M & 200M), Angie Nozdrin (100M), Sammie McGinty (200M), and Alondra Lopez (100H).


The top-16 athletes in each event from the SPSL will travel to Sumner next Thursday and Saturday to compete for a chance to advance to the West Central District Championships and a shot at State Track.


Bob Frey