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Sequim earns sweep in final home meet

All that's left is a little fine-tuning.

Sequim's track squads head into the final regular Olympic League meet of the season with some momentum after easily sweeping aside a pair of league foes last week and battling some top teams at the Bellevue Invitational on Saturday.

Sequim seniors Allison Cutting, Anna LaBeaume and Samantha Whiteside each took home two medals (top-eight finishes) from Saturday's 29-school Bellevue Invitational, while LaBeaume and Whiteside teamed with Chase O'Neil and Nicole Pino to grab third place in the 4x100 relay with a blistering finish of 51.96 seconds.

Sequim's girls took seventh overall with 36 points, the top-scoring 2A school at the meet.

Sequim's boys finished in 21st place - also the top finish by a 2A school - and brought home three medals; Emanuel Herrera in the 300 hurdles (fifth) and 200-meter sprint (eighth) and Thomas Gallagher in the shot put (fourth).

LaBeaume, the defending 2A state champion in the shot put, took second overall with a throw of 37 feet, 8 inches, second behind Thomas Jefferson's Kayla Adams. She also placed eighth in the discus (89-4).

Whiteside placed second in the pole vault at 10 feet, a foot short of the mark set by Issaquah's Eva Perry. She took sixth in the 100-meter sprint (12.86).

Cutting looks to be in top form after an injury kept her off the track for more than a season. She finished fourth out of 89 runners in the 1,600-meter race in Bellevue with a 5:18 mark, finishing behind a trio of Eastlake runners.

She also placed fourth in the 3,200-meter race with an 11:36 finish, behind a pair of Eastlake runners and Emily Barecca of Bainbridge.

Sequim's 4x100 quartet was three-hundredths of a second out of second place and only 0.35 seconds behind Issaquah for the top spot.

The Wolves are at Kingston on April 29 for the final league meet against the Buccaneers and North Mason Bulldogs.

Moore said North Mason may have an edge on the boys side thanks to a strong corps of throwers, led by Division I football recruit John Fullington.

On the girls side, however, Moore likes Sequim's chances thanks to the Wolves' all-around depth.

"I think it will be close," Sequim coach Brad Moore said. "I'm excited for it."

Select Sequim athletes compete at two meets on May 1: the Shelton Invite and the CKAA Cougar Kwalifier in Silverdale.

The Olympic League meet is split into two days - May 6 and May 8 - in Belfair, with top athletes advancing to the subdistrict meet in Fife the following week.



Sequim sweeps at home

For the first time in years, weather didn't make Sequim's track stars miserable in at least one of the team's two home meets during a season.

No, the only things feeling miserable at this meet, perhaps, were the visiting teams.

Sequim's boys and girls easily toppled Klahowya and Port Townsend last week in a double-dual meet, with 15 different Sequim athletes earning first-place finishes.

Herrera was Sequim's only double winner, taking first in the 400-meter and 300 hurdles races.

Also taking top honors were: Gallagher (shot put) Jared Lindorfer (400); Drake Apablasa (1,600); Stephan Stilts (110 hurdles); Jayson Brocklesby (5-6); Frank Catelli (triple jump); Travis Decker (152-6); and Quinton Cornell (pole vault).

Moore said Brocklesby, a freshman, has been a pleasant surprise, as well as Gallagher and Decker, a pair of seniors with little track and field experience.

Sequim's boys also swept the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Any doubts Sequim's girls would falter in their bid to sweep Klahowya and Port Townsend were erased in 12.4 seconds.

That's the time it took Whiteside to edge LaBeaume in the 100-meter race Thursday, snapping the 14-year-old school mark set by Christy Edens in 1996. LaBeaume finished in 12.6 seconds, a time that would have beat Edens' mark by a tenth of a second.

"Both (Samantha) and Anna had a great run," Moore said, crediting Whiteside's weight lifting regimen since her sophomore year for her improvement in the sprints.

LaBeaume went on to take first in both discus and shot put events while Whiteside won the pole vault and 200-meter race.

Freshman Haleigh Harrison topped them both by taking first in all four of her events, winning the high jump, long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles. Not bad for someone who said she'd been jumping a bit much in practice and was going to take it easy in her events.

"She's still learning how to (do some of her events) but she's helping us now," Moore said.

Cutting won both 1,600- and 3,200-meter races while Audrey Lichten topped the field in the 800-meter race.

Alex Whiteside won the javelin event with a throw of 78 feet 3 inches.



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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