Sequim girls zero in on title

At full strength, Sequim's girls track team is one of the best 2A teams in the state.

Kingston and North Mason found that out last week.

Sequim's girls finished the regular season with a sweep of the Bulldogs and host Kingston Buccaneers, running their regular season mark to 7-1.

Their lone blemish came in an April 8 loss to No. 4 ranked North Kitsap, a 3A squad. The Wolves need only to finish in the top three at the Olympic League meet for the league 2A title.

Sequim's boys met their match last week, however, taking second place to a strong, deep North Mason squad while beating the host Bucs.

Freshman Haleigh Harrison and senior Samantha Whiteside won three events each and Anna LaBeaume won a pair as Sequim's girls racked up 80 team points to Kingston's 66; North Mason finished a distant third with 40 points.

Whiteside swept the sprint and cleared 10 feet in the pole vault. Harrison took first in the 300 hurdles, the long jump by more than a foot and the high jump, then came in third in the triple jump behind runner-up teammate Jasmine McMullin.

LaBeaume led all throwers in both discus and shot put events.

Distance duo Allison Cutting and Audrey Lichten matched Kingston's strong distance crew, each picking up a first, second and third place. Cutting won the 3,200-meter race with Lichten right behind her, while Lichten won the 1,600-meter race with Cutting in third.

The two finished behind Kingston's Ruby Roberts in the 800-meter race.

On the boys' side, sophomore Emanuel Herrera led a strong Sequim contingent to second place with 57 team points, behind leader North Mason (70 points). Kingston, with 51 points, was third.

Herrera took top honors in the 200-meter race and 300 hurdles and finished second in the 100-meter sprint.

Stephan Stilts won the 110 high hurdles in 16.89 seconds.

Drake Apablasa won the 3,200-meter race in 10:25 with teammate Adrian Clifford close behind in second place at 10:29.

Jayson Brocklesby won the triple jump with a 37-7 mark and was second in the high jump, tied with teammate Jared Lindorfer.

Going up against North Mason's top throwers, Sequim senior Thomas Gallagher placed second in the shot put with a 47-foot, 7.25-inch throw.

Alex Jenkins came in second in the 800-meter race with a 2:09 finish and was fourth in the 1,600-meter race.

North Mason proved to be too tough in too many events, as Robert Vandling, John Fullington and Kameron Crosswaite helped the Bulldogs dominate the throws. A group of North Mason runners swept the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter races and both relays.

The Wolves were scheduled to compete at the Olympic League meet May 6 and May 8 at North Mason High School in Belfair.

Sequim is at a sub-district tournament in Fife on May 12 and May 15 before the West Central District meet in Tacoma on May 19.

Wolves compete in Shelton, Silverdale

With just a handful of athletes competing, Sequim's track and field athletes had mixed results at a pair of out-of-town invitationals last weekend.

At the CKAA Cougar Kwalifier in Silverdale on Saturday, Sequim's boys came in 10th place out of 14 teams.

Brocklesby won the high jump with a 5-foot 6-inch effort, placed third in the long jump and fourth in the 200-

meter race. Kahn Mills was fifth in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and 14th in the 100-meter sprint.

Sequim's Lauren Bell was second in the long jump (13-6), third in the 100 hurdles and 10th in the 100-meter race. Natalie McMurray was fifth in the triple jump.

At the large Shelton Invite, four Sequim boys each took home top-20 finishes. At 11.84 seconds, Herrera took second overall in the 100-meter freshman/sophomore only race, 0.01 seconds behind Spencer Brooks, a sophomore from Aberdeen. The finish would have put Herrera eighth in the finals against all classes of runners.

He also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles final with a 40.39 finish.

Clifford placed 13th in the freshman/sophomore only 1,600-meter race with a 4:58 mark. Stilts was 14th in the 110 hurdles (17.13 seconds).

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