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Girls make case for league title





Talk about peaking at the right time.

Sequim's girls swept Olympic and Port Angeles in their second and final home meet of the season April 24 to finish a spotless 8-0 and lay claim to at least a tie for their second league championship in a row and fifth in six years; all that's left is the league championship meet in Bremerton this Saturday.

On the boys' side, Sequim dropped a close decision to Olympic and sped past an outnumbered Port Angeles crew to run their record and finish 6-2 in the regular season, tops among 2A teams.

Kincaid Nichols made sure to keep things close with Olympic as he swept first-place finishes in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints and long jump, while David Copeland topped 11 feet in the pole vault for a win and Derrell Jensen set a personal-best 39 feet, nine inches in the triple jump for first place.

Josh Fodge (110 hurdles, high jump) and Gabe Lichten (javelin, pole vault) picked up a pair of second places while Jensen (long jump), Kenny Russell (1600) and Kevin Beck (discus) each took home runner-up placings, as did Sequim's 4x400 relay team of Mitchell Fowles, Alex Jenkins, Kordan Kirsch and Jared Lindorfer.

Sequim's boys topped Port Angeles 94-51 and fell to Olympic, 79.5-65.5.

On the girls' side, it wasn't close at all. Thanks to strong showings in each aspect of the track and field, Sequim took first in 13 of 17 events, including each sprint, distance and relay event.

Sequim's Anna LaBeaume continued her stellar sophomore season with wins in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints and the shot put, where her 36-foot, 11-inch mark topped the field by nearly nine feet.

Lauryn Garrett picked up big points for Sequim with three wins, beating the field in the 100 and 300 hurdles and with her 4-foot, 8-inch high jump.

Allison Cutting posted two wins, cruising to a win in the 800 (2:31.9) and 3200 (11:37.9) and helping her 4x400 relay team get a victory in 4:26.5.

Other Wolves getting wins included Audrey Lichten in the 1600, Sequim's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and Samantha Whiteside, who posted a personal best

8 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault.

Earning second-place finishes were Whiteside (200), Christina Bruce (800), Laura Moser (3200), Anna Wilmot (100 hurdles), Megan Zumbuhl (triple jump), Sierra Clark (javelin) and Persephone Nelson (shot put).

The girls stopped Port Angeles 104-46 and stomped Olympic 119-29.

The Wolves are back in action May 3 for the Olympic League championship meet in Bremerton.



Wolves go the

distance at Shelton

For the third year running - literally - Sequim's girls are the best medley runners around.

The Shelton Invite on April 26 drew more than 55 schools from across the state, and no girls distance medley team was quicker than the Wolves'. Cutting, Lichten, Moser and Carolina Garcia raced to a 13:11.8 finish, topping Olympia by a whopping 25 seconds. It's the third time in the race's four-year existence that Sequim has topped the field.

Sequim's boys distance crew didn't fare too poorly either: the team of Fowles, Jenkins, Russell and Colby Robb finished fourth overall in 11:29.9.

It was Nichols, however, who took home Sequim's lone first-place finish. He beat out a strong 100 field for a title in 11.18 seconds, outracing Zach Stanfield of Adna by .11 seconds. He also finished second in the long jump with a 20-2.75 and fifth in the 200 with a 23.17 time.

Kirsch was 12th in the 300 hurdles while Russell took 13th in the 3200.

Cutting and LaBeaume had strong showings in Shelton, each with a pair of top-10 finishes. Cutting took fourth in the 800, about five seconds back of winner Ruby Roberts of Kingston, and finished sixth in the mile with a 5:19.9 mark, 12 seconds back of Annie Dear of Olympia. LaBeaume was fourth in the shot put with a 38-2.5 throw and fifth in the 100-meter sprint at 13.3 seconds.

Garrett was 11th in the 300 hurdles while Bruce was 12th in the 3200 and teammates Moser (800) and Lichten (mile) each placed 13th in their respective races.
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