Here’s a quick look at several Sequim High School graduates making noise in collegiate athletics for their respective schools:
Sequim junior Elise Beuke crews for the No. 1-ranked Washington varsity eight. Washington’s No. 1-ranked women’s rowing team won four out of five races Saturday against No. 2 California, but the Bears edged UW to take home the Simpson Cup with a win in the varsity eight race. Beuke, a 2015 Sequim High graduate, sits in the third seat on the varsity eight for the Huskies, the defending national champions.
Nick Johnston, a 2014 Sequim High School graduate, is excelling in his senior season as a pitcher with the Campbellsville University Tigers. Johnston has appeared in seven games in a long relief role on the season, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.70 earned-run average in 20 innings pitched. He’s had three, three-strikeout games thus far for the Tigers (32-15). Johnston pitched two seasons at Edmonds Community College after winning the All-Peninsula Baseball MVP his senior year for Sequim.
Sequim graduate Evan Hurn was selected as Edmonds Community College’s Triton of the Week in April week for his exploits on the baseball diamond. Hurn is hitting .378 on the season, good for ninth in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Hurn is hitting cleanup and playing first base for No. 1 ranked Edmonds (32-3). A 2016 Sequim graduate, Hurn also played for the Bellingham Bells in the West Coast League last summer.
Former Sequim High School baseball standout James Grubb is part of the bullpen at Lower Columbia College, playing for former Port Angeles and Wilder star Eric Lane, who is in his first season as manager of the Red Devils. Grubb, a freshman and a 2016 graduate of Sequim High, has pitched in two games for the Red Devils (23-7), allowing one hit in two innings pitched. He is a 2016 graduate of Sequim High School.
Track & field
A pair of Sequim athletes compete for Western Washington University’s track and field squads.
Former state 2A javelin champ Alex Bary recently posted a first-place throw of 199 feet 8 inches for a Greater Northwest Athletic Conference meet-qualifying mark at the 2018 Ralph Vernacchia Track & Field Meet in Bellingham on April 28. The WWU junior set a personal best in the event with a 212-foot 6-inch throw at the WWU Quad Team Meet on April 6. The effort moved him from No. 7 to No. 3 on the WWU top-10 list and was the seventh-best throw nationally for the 2018 outdoor season. Barry, a 2015 Sequim High graduate, was also an all-Olympic League basketball MVP.
WWU sophomore Waverly Shreffler placed ninth in the 800 meters with a 2:21 mark at the Ralph Vernacchia meet. A 2016 Sequim High School graduate, Shreffler was a cross country and track standout at Sequim High, winning the state 2A 800-meter title and placing sixth at the 2015 cross country 2A state meet.
Oscar Herrera, a walk-on at the University of Washington, ran a new personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles of 54.27 seconds to take second place in the Huskies’ league meet against Washington State on April 28. A 2016 Sequim High grad, Herrera was a multiple-time state finalist at the 2A level in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He anchored the 2A state title-winning 4×400 relay in 2015.
Miguel Moroles helped the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s 4×100 relay team clock a school record time of 42.49 for a second place finish at the NEWMAC Championships in Springfield, Mass., on April 28. Coast Guard is back in action May 4-5 when the team competes in the Division III New England Championship.
Mike Cobb, a 2015 SHS graduate, races for the North Central Cardinals, posting a 9:16 finish in the 3,000-meter race at the Benedictine Relays on April 7 and a 32:05 finish at 10,000 meters at the Wheaton Twilight meet on April 21.
Kaylee Gumm plays for the Middlebury College (Vermont) Panthers. She is hitting .205 overall with eigh extra-base hits — including three home runs — and 17 RBIs in 27 games, helping the squad to an 18-10 record heading into the NESCAC tournament.
A collegiate freshman, Nicole Anders plays for the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.), helping the Saints capture the UMAC regular season title with a 13-2 conference mark and 19-11 overall record.
Jack Shea competes for the WWU men’s golf squad, where this spring he posted a season-best 59th-place finish at the Bay Area Invitational in late February. Shea, a sophomore, was two-time Olympic League MVP as a junior (2015) and senior (2016) at Sequim High.
Freshman Alexandria McMenamin tees it up at George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.). She most recently tied for ninth place at the NWC Spring Classic in Spokane in early April. McMenamin was a four-time Olympic League MVP and four-time state 2A tourney qualifier while at Sequim High.