Sequim’s Logan Laxson leaps to a personal-best 20 feet in the long jump to take first place in a four-team meet in Port Angeles on April 14. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Logan Laxson leaps to a personal-best 20 feet in the long jump to take first place in a four-team meet in Port Angeles on April 14. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

Track & Field: Sequim girls runner up twice at Port Angeles meets

Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt won four individual and relay events, helping to lead the Wolves to a solid second place in a four-team track meet at Port Angeles on April 17.

Port Angeles’ Lauren Larson likewise had a big day, winning two distance events and establishing the top times in the state in both events, according to athletic.net.

Pyeatt, a top distance runner in cross country, dominated the sprints at Saturday’s meet, winning the 100 meters in 13.25 seconds, the 200 in 27.76 seconds and the 400 in 58.51 seconds.

The Klahowya girls won the meet with 78 team points, while Sequim was right behind with 73. Port Angeles had 66 and Kingston 42.

For the boys, Klahowya won with 68 points, while Kingston was second with 63.5. The Port Angeles boys came within a whisker of second at 62.5 points, and Sequim finished with 51.

How good are Pyeatt and Larson? Pyeatt’s best 100 and 200 times are No. 2 in the state among 2A girls. Her 400 time Saturday is tops in the state among 2A girls. Larson’s 800 and 1,600 times from Saturday are both No. 1 in the state among 2A girls. They don’t get to run in a state track meet this year, but they are showing they are among the best runners at the 2A level.

Sequim’s Jolene Vaara, a freshman, also had a big day, having a hand in three first-place finishes. Vaara won the 100 hurdles in 18.47 seconds and the high jump at 4-10.

The Sequim 4×400 relay team of Taryn Johnson, Vaara, Maci Cogburn and Pyeatt won in 4:18. That is the second-fastest 4×400 girls time in the state — the top time is a different Sequim quartet: Johnson, Cogburn, Anastasia Updyke and Rileigh VanDyken.

Johnson also won the 300 hurdles in a time of 52.51 seconds.

Port Angeles’ Katelyn Sheldon took first in the shot put with a distance of 24-2½ and her Roughrider teammate Camille Stensgard won the javelin with a throw of 100-8.

On the boys’ side, Henry Hughes had a big day for Sequim. He won the 400 meters in 54.19 seconds and the high jump with a leap of 5-2. He was the only Olympic Peninsula boy who won multiple events.

Sequim’s Mirek Skov picked up a win in the pole vault (9-0) while Logan Laxson did the same in the long jump.

First PA meet

Three days prior, Sequim was in Port Angeles for another four-team meet, this time taking on East Jefferson and Olympic.

East Jefferson took the day, winning with top team scores in boys and girls divisions.

Led by wins in the long-distance runs and the throwing events, the East Jefferson boys totaled 81 points to edge Port Angeles (76), Olympic (56) and Sequim (47).

Laxson won the 200 (23.86) and set a personal-record mark of 20 feet to win the long jump for Sequim; he placed second in the 100 (11.77).

Hughes also was a double-event winner for the Wolves, setting personal records of 5-06 in the high jump and 53.98 in the 400.

The Wolves also won the 4×400 relay, with Laxson, Hughes, Theo McMurry and River Bess finishing in 3:50, about eight seconds better than Port Angeles’ entry.

Sequim’s girls again nearly took top honors but East Jefferson (73 points) edged the Wolves (71), with Port Angeles third (59) and Olympic fourth (48).

Pyeatt ran to three victories, claiming the 100 (13.0) and 200 sprints (26.49) and set a new personal record in the 1,600 in 5:18.77 to pace the Wolves.

Vaara was a two-event winner for Sequim, taking the high jump (5-0) and 100 hurdles (17.63).

Sequim’s Johnson and Alex Schmadeke went 1-2 in the 300 hurdles, with Johnson finishing in 54.28 seconds and Schmadeke in a personal best 56.19 seconds.

Johnson, Updyke, Cogburn and Cadence Rogers helped the Wolves to a win in the 4×400 relay (4:26).

VanDyken won the pole vault for Sequim with a 7-0 mark.

Larson was a two-event winner to lead the Riders, claiming the 400 in 1:02 and the 3,200 in 11:29. PA’s Stensgard also won the javelin with a throw of 98-4.

Coming up

Sequim caps the league season with the Olympic League championships, set for April 22-24 at Bremerton High School.

Competing teams include class 2A schools Sequim, Port Angeles, North Mason, North Kitsap, Olympic and host Bremerton, with class 3A Central Kitsap and class 1A schools Klahowya and East Jefferson.

SHS junior Riley Pyeatt races to a personal best in the 1,600 meters (5:18), taking one of her three first place finishes at a league meet in Port Angeles on April 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

SHS junior Riley Pyeatt races to a personal best in the 1,600 meters (5:18), taking one of her three first place finishes at a league meet in Port Angeles on April 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Not bad for a rookie: Sequim High freshman Jolene Vaara races to a win in the 100 hurdles in her first attempt in the event, finishing in 17.63 seconds. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Not bad for a rookie: Sequim High freshman Jolene Vaara races to a win in the 100 hurdles in her first attempt in the event, finishing in 17.63 seconds. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Ayden Humphries finishes eighth in the javelin with a throw of 97 feet, 5 inches, at the April 14 league meet in Port Angeles. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Ayden Humphries finishes eighth in the javelin with a throw of 97 feet, 5 inches, at the April 14 league meet in Port Angeles. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Rileigh VanDyken cleared 7 feet in the pole vault to win her event.

Sequim’s Rileigh VanDyken cleared 7 feet in the pole vault to win her event.

Sequim freshman Colby Ellefson races to a fourth place finish in the 1,600 meters at a league meet in Port Angeles on April 14, finishing in a personal best 4:52. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim freshman Colby Ellefson races to a fourth place finish in the 1,600 meters at a league meet in Port Angeles on April 14, finishing in a personal best 4:52. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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