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