Saturday’s Track & Field: Adna’s Apperson, Pe Ell’s Justice Each Win Two at Activators
CLASSIC: Justice Sweeps Hurdles, Apperson Wins 1600 and 3200 at 29-Team Meet in Chehalis
By The Chronicle
A pair of 2B kids left their mark on this year’s Chehalis Activators Classic on Saturday.
Pe Ell’s Tyler Justice and Adna’s Austen Apperson each won two events at the large-scale track meet at Bearcat Stadium, which featured athletes from 29 schools — including three from Canada.
Justice, a senior, won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.14 seconds, beating out a pair of Black Hills runners for first. He also won the 300 hurdles, in 40.49 seconds, beating Black Hills’ Sir Carter by over 2 seconds.
Apperson won both distance races on the boys side. The sophomore took first in the 1600 meters in 4:32, beating Tumwater’s Evan Groat (4:34), and won the 3200 in 10:06, beating Tumwater’s Joseph Morrissey. He also finished second in the 800 (2:02.15), less than two seconds behind Black Hills’ Pearse Popchock.
Napavine’s Conner Locke won the 100 — an event in which he’s the defending State 2B champ — in 11.64 seconds, and took second to Hoquiam’s Anthony Nash in the 200.
WF. West’s Troy Yarter won the triple jump by nearly a foot, at 40 feet, 10.5 inches, and took second in the long jump to Black Hills’ Kyler Nygren. Ka’imi Henry took third in the 400 for the Bearcats, and Colby White was fourth in the long jump.
Onalaska’s John Wells was third in the high jump, and Rochester’s Kelin Pasko was third in the 3200.
Adna’s girls won the 4×100 relay, with Cierra Swanson, Kenya Lorton, Emma Manning and Devanie Kleemeyer crossing the line in 52.94 seconds. Manning also took third in the 100 hurdles, and Isabella Elwood was second in the javelin and third in the high jump for the Pirates.
W.F. West’s Kendra Bottenberg won the javelin by over 20 feet at 135-09, and finished second in the shot put. Teammate Megan Flexhaug was second in the pole vault, and Emma Moon took second in the 3200.
Allie Haakenson was third in the long jump, and Megan Pallas added a third-place finish in the javelin for the Bearcats.
Centralia’s Anastasia Ulrigg finished second in the triple jump, at 32-11.5.
Tumwater won the girls team event, edging out the host Bearcats 79-77, and Black Hills notched 104 points to win in the boys team standings.
W.F. West runs in an Evergreen 2A Conference meet in Centralia on Wednesday.
Note: The 27th-annual event started with the Activators Invitational on Friday afternoon. The meet was a fundraiser for the Chehalis Activators, which raise money to support Chehalis Middle School’s athletic programs.