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Track & Field: Wolves taking 26 to districts
One of Sequim’s brightest hopes for a state medal this spring found herself out of action Saturday. Fortunately, Sarah Hutchison’s reputation — and high-reaching feats in the pole vault — preceded her.
A Wolfpack of 26 Sequim boys and girls in 22 events punched their tickets to the West Central District meet after strong finishes at a subdistrict meet in Bremerton on Saturday, led by a strong contingent of runners.
C.J. Daniels scored a win in the 1,600 meters and placed third in the 800 meters, Alex Barry won the javelin, Josh Cibene topped the field in the pole vault and Sequim’s 4x400 girls relay team of Hannah Hudson, Gretchen Happe, Mercedes Woods and Waverly Shreffler sped to a first-place finish of 4:11.95 — the eighth-best time in the 2A classification — as the Wolves took their next step toward the state meet.
Hutchison also advanced to the district meet via a “pass through” voted on by the head coaches of the Olympic League, Sequim coach Brad Moore explained; Hutchison is still recovering from an ankle injury she suffered two weeks ago but is expected to be able to perform at the district meet, set for May 22-23 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. She placed 13th at last year’s state meet with a 9-0 mark in the event but has cleared 10 feet this season before the injury.
“I’m pretty confident she’ll be ready to go,” Moore said.
Barry set a personal best in the javelin with a 166-8 mark, ranking him fifth in the 2A state bests. Moore said Barry still has room to improve, with a shot at eclipsing 180 feet.
Cibene cleared 13-3 in the pole vault — his previous best was 12-3 set last year as a sophomore — and now ranks in the top 12 in state.
Oscar Herrera placed second in both hurdles events and both his times are among the 15 best among 2A boys.
Shreffler, a sophomore, continued her strong efforts in the 400, placing second with a personal best 60.81-second mark.
Sequim’s boys distance crew took three of the top five places in the 1,600-meter race and, led by Brendon Despain’s runner-up finish, four of the top five spots in the 3,200-meter race.
In all, Sequim athletes set 16 personal records at the subdistrict meet.
“Overall I think the kids did really good,” Sequim coach Brad Moore said. “(But) next week, the competition is going to be stiff.”