Saturday’s Track & Field: Locke Defends 100 Title in Dramatic Fashion
CHENEY — The finish of the day went to what turned out to be a two-time champion.
Napavine’s Conner Locke defended his title here Saturday, winning the 100-meter dash at the State 2B championships in a photo fish.
Locke, a senior, won the event for the second time in 11.15 seconds — diving across the finish line to beat out Lyle/Wishram freshman Brandon Montoya, who took second with a mark of 11.16 seconds. The senior added a second-place finish in the 200 — to Montoya — at 22.46 seconds, while Montaya crossed the line in an even 22 seconds.
Morton-White Pass sophomore Tristen Storey was sixth in the 200 at 23.17, and sixth in the 100 at 11.81.
Locke wasn’t the only local champion on Saturday. Pe Ell’s Tyler Justice won the 300 hurdles by a relatively wide margin, finishing in 39.80 seconds, ahead of runner-up Alex Kaino from Ilwaco (41.00).
Justice also finished a close second in the 110-meter hurdles, coming in just behind Raymond’s Sean Sath (15.46) at 15.60. Adna’s Luke Wellander (16.48) was third, and also took seventh in the 300 hurdles (43.67).
Mossyrock’s 4×400 boys team also brought back a title, with Lucas Johnson, Sean Johnson, Levi Munoz and Justin Gootgeld finishing the course in 3:27.48. Lucas Johnson and Sean Johnson finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400, with Lucas at 52.40 and Sean at 52.44.
Munoz, meanwhile, took second in the triple jump at 42 feet, 11 inches, just over 6 inches behind winner McKay Knowlton of Kettle Falls (43-05.75).
Pe Ell’s Andrew Schulz was eighth in the 100 at 11.99, and teammate Bradley Prestegord was eighth in the discus at 138-07.
In girls action, Napavine’s Mollie Olson — a day after winning the triple jump — finished second in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.49 seconds, just behind Northwest Christian’s (Lacey) Heidi Sowers (15.43). Adna’s Emma Manning was fourth in the same race (16.60).
Olson also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.39), and took ninth in the long jump.
Mossyrock’s 4×200 girls relay team — both comprised of Makenzie Barrows, Sarah Lovan, Maleah Nixon Klein and Stephanie Fried — finished fifth in 1:50.15, while the same crew took seventh in the 4×100. Nixon Klein also took eighth in the 200 at 27.33.
Adna (Cierra Swenson, Emma Manning, Kenya Lorton and Devanie Kleemeyer) finished fifth in the girls 4×100, in 52.36 seconds. Kleemeyer added a runner-up finish in the high jump, at 5 feet, with teammate Isabella Elwood also finishing at 5-00 for fourth. Manning took sixth in the same event.
Onalaska’s Mckinzie Pannkuk finished seventh in the 100 at 13.39 seconds, and Adna’s Lauryn Apperson was 11th in the 3299 at 13:19.
2A Track & Field
Bottenberg Finishes Third in Javelin
TACOMA — Kendra Bottenberg found a spot on the podium here Saturday at Mt. Tahoma High School.
Bottenberg, a junior, took third in the javelin, uncorking a 136-foot, 10-inch toss with her fifth (of six) toss at the State 2A track and field championships. She also finished eighth in the shot put, which wrapped up on Friday.
Teammate Emma Moon finished 14th in the 3200, with a time of 12 minutes, 21.02 seconds. Sehome’s Abby Johnson won the event in 11:04.