Track & Field: Barry, pack of Wolves move on to state finals

Sequim senior Sarah Hutchison goes up and over the crossbar in the pole vault event as Sequim takes on Olympic and Port Angeles on May 1 at Port Angeles.  - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Sequim senior Sarah Hutchison goes up and over the crossbar in the pole vault event as Sequim takes on Olympic and Port Angeles on May 1 at Port Angeles.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim’s Alex Barry is a first-time district champ in track and field. He won’t be headed to the state meet alone — not by a long shot.

The Wolves earned 13 top-five, state-qualifying finishes at the district meet and will send 10 individuals and a relay squad to the class 2A state track meet, set for May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Events start at 3 p.m. on May 29 and continue through the weekend.

Barry improved on his 166-foot 8-inch javelin mark with a throw of 181 feet, 11 inches, the second best in the state behind Ellensburg senior Jensen Lillquist’s 195-5.

C.J. Daniels raced to a pair of runner-up finishes in 800- and 1,600-meter races, Oscar Herrera will compete at state in both 110- and 300-hurdle events, and Mikey Cobb set a PR in the 3,200 by more than 20 seconds — good for third place — as Sequim’s boys earned 10 individual state-qualifying efforts Saturday.

Others punching their state tickets included Josh Cibene in the pole vault (4th, 12-6), Dylan Chatters in the 400 meters (4th, 52.49), Austin Sampson in the discus (5th, 135-4, a PR of 18 feet) and Jackson Oliver’s 6-2 in the high jump, a personal best that placed him third at districts. (Last year, Sequim’s Jayson Brocklesby won the state high jump title with a 6-5 mark and holds the Sequim school mark of 6-6).

Seeing her first action in three weeks thanks to a sprained ankle, Sequim senior Sarah Hutchison got a pass through the sub-district tournament on the strength of her 10-foot mark in the pole vault in April. On Saturday, she made good on that pass by equaling the 10-foot mark, good for third place behind Kimi Makayama of Sumner and Brooke March of Fife (10-3 each).

Waverly Shreffler broke the 60-second mark in the 400-meter race for the first time and a personal best, finishing fifth to punch her ticket to state by less than half a second.

Sequim’s 4x400 relay squad of Shreffler, Hannah Hudson, Gretchen Happe and Mercedes Woods took third place in the finals. They had the second-best 2A time in the preliminaries and cut four seconds off that in Saturday’s final heat.

Others setting personal bests: Emily Webb, 13th in the 3,200-meter race (12:52); Cheryl Armstrong, 14th in the discus (89-5); Brendan Lauritzen, 13th in the shot put (41-11.5); Nick Kovach, 12th in the pole vault (11-0); Chris Jeffko, 13th in the 3,200 (10:15.68) and Brendon Despain in both 1,600-meter (10th, 4:38.74) and 3,200-meter (seventh, 9:56.66) races.


West Central District

Sequim individual marks

• Boys

400 — 4. Dylan Chatters, 52.29*

800 — 2. C.J. Daniels, 2:01.99*

1600 — 2. Daniels, 4:25.92*; 9. Mikey Cobb, 4:37.41; 10. Brendon Despain, 4:38.74

3200 — 3. Cobb, 9:43.40*; 7. Despain, 9:56.66; 12. Peter Ohnstad, 10:15.41; 13. Chris Jeffko, 10:15.68

110 hurdles — 3. Oscar Herrera, 15.66*

300 hurdles — 3. Herrera, 40.32*

4x100 relay — 11. Sequim A (Eric Hermosada, Kane Stoddard, Quinton Johnson, Jason Springer), 46.01

4x400 relay — 6. (Dylan Chatters, Oscar Herrera, Jason Springer, Kane Stoddard), 3:32.54

Shot put — 13. Brendan Lauritzen, 41-11.5

Discus — 5. Austin Sampson, 135-4*

Javelin — 1. Alex Barry, 181-11*; 13. Lauritzen, 137-6

High jump — 3. Jackson Oliver, 6-2*

Pole vault — 4. Josh Cibene, 12-6*; 12. Nick Kovach, 11-0

Triple jump — 9. Barry, 40-6.75

• Girls

400 – 5. Waverly Shreffler, 59.76*; 13. Hannah Hudson, 1:04.89

3200 — 13. Emily Webb, 12:52.48

100 hurdles — 11. Katelyn Rogers, 17.77

4x100 relay — 12. Sequim A (Hannah Hudson, Rylee Gray, Molley Early, Heidi Vereide), 55.54

4x200 relay — 9. Sequim A (Hannah Hudson, Rylee Gray, Heidi Vereide, Waverly Shreffler), 1:51.19

4x400 relay — 3. Sequim A (Hannah Hudson, Gretchen Happe, Mercedes Woods, Waverly Shreffler), 1:51.19*

Discus — 14. Cheryl Armstrong, 89-5

Pole vault — 3. Sarah Hutchison, 10-0*; 9. Emily Van Dyken, 8-6

* — qualifies for state meet


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