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Track & Field preview: SHS gets boost from big turnout
Track is running through the veins of more than 80 athletes this spring.
That’s the biggest turnout for Sequim since it added the pay-to-play requirement.
Sequim head coach Brad Moore said it’s always better to have more turnout but with more students jumping, throwing and running means a learning curve for many.
“Most of the kids are new to track so we’ll work with them and see where it goes,” he said.
“We’re not to that point of choosing events for everyone just yet. We encourage kids to try new things and let them figure it out and see if something isn’t their event.”
While Moore and his coaches work out those kinks, some holes remain to be filled with the big losses of record holding seniors Jason Brocklesby, state 2A high jump champion, and Jasmine McMullin, third in triple jump at state. Both hold Sequim’s records in their respective events.
The Wolves lost a number of integral seniors including Lopaka Yasumura, a state qualifier in shot put, Judah Breitbach and Christian Miles, part of state-qualifying 4x100 relay team, and Hamish Peers, member of the 4x400 state qualifying team.
But several team members return with expectations to increase their personal records.
Sophomore Audrey Shingleton, who qualified for the state meet in the 800 meters last year, is expected to be a top runner, Moore said, along with Sarah Hutchison, Hannah Hudson and Waverly Shreffler, part of the state qualifying 4x400 relay team. Shingleton joins the relay to make up for the loss of McMullin.
Moore said Hutchison, who qualified for state in pole vault, should be a good candidate to return as well.
Other girls looking for districts and state bids, Moore said, include Emily VanDyken (pole vault), Katelyn Rogers (hurdles), Sarah Henry (discus), Andria Bower (shot put), Emily Webb (distance) and Heidi Vereide (running), Mikayla Simonson (javelin).
Junior Alex Barry is likely to be the first Sequim boy this season to qualify for state, Moore said, in either the javelin, long jump or triple jump.
He added that they have a good core behind Barry with across the board competitors like runner Dylan Chatters, Josh Cibene in the pole vault and high jump, hurdler Oscar Herrera, discus thrower Austin Sampson, Stephen Silliman in pole vault, sprinter Kane Stoddard, and distance runners Mikey Cobb and Peter Ohnstad.
“Jackson Oliver (a high jumper) has grown a lot,” Moore said. “He hit his p.r. (personal record) already at 5-6 from last year and he’s looking to beat Jayson Brocklesby’s sophomore record at 6 feet.”
He said Herrera, Cobb, Ohnstad and Cibene have a good chance of getting to state, too.