Track & Field: SHS relays dominate in first league meet

Despite getting swept in their first Olympic League meet, Sequim’s track and field team earned 16 first place finishes and a bevy of personal bests — including a sweep of all five relay events.

Host Bremerton swept the March 21 meet, with the Knights’ girls edging SHS 75-66 and the boys edging the Wolves, 89-56.

On the girls’ side, state 2A competitors Ivy Barrett and Kaitlyn Bloomenrader went 1-2 in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 13.64 and 13.83 — both personal records.

Bloomenrader won the 800 meters in 2:34 while Barrett placed second in both 200- and 400-meter races.

Freshman Clare Turella topped 4-10 to win the high jump and was second in the 300 hurdles.

Sequim’s girls swept all three relays, winning the 4×100 (Yuri Hayashi, Bailey Stein, Lexi Greenleaf, Libby Turella) in 57.71, the 4×200 (Bloomenrader, Barrett, Stein, Birdie Pyeatt) in 1:54.64, and the 4×400 (Pyeatt, Dawn Hulstedt, Ava Shinkle, Madysen Salazar) in 4:46.

Also earning first places were Ahrya Klinger in the pole vault (8-0) and Aspen Goldner in the 3200 meter (14:53).

On the boys’ side, Sequim’s Malachi Byrne won the high jump with a 5-2 mark while Ari Skov and 2023 2A state competitor Brody Anderson both topped 10-6 to go 1-2 in the pole vault.

Sean Southard set a personal best in the javelin (139-4) to place first, while Tom Laschet, an exchange student, placed first in his first American prep 300-meter hurdles race in 47.04.

SHS senior Colby Ellefson won the 3200 meter race in 10:43 by four seconds, while freshman Reid Randall won the 800 meters in 2:27.

The Wolves also swept the relays, with the 4×100 team (Skov, Southard, Cayden Beauregard, Meikel Hagedorn) winning in 47.52 seconds and the 4×400 squad (Randall, Beauregard, Ellefson, Adrian Osborne) taking first in 3:53.

Wolves compete at Icebreaker

A number of Sequim athletes made the trek east to compete at the March 23 Issaquah Icebreaker Invite, a meet co-managed by former Wolf standout (and Issaquah High coach) Mike Cobb.

Turella was the top SHS finisher with a fourth place finish in the high jump (4-1); teammate Stein placed seventh in the same event (4-6).

Sequim’s 4×100 girls relay placed ninth, with Greenleaf, Pyeatt, Stein and Yuri Hiyashi finishing in 57.16.

On the boys’ side, SHS’s 4×400 relay team (Beauregard, Randall, Osborne, Bowen Zhu) took ninth (3:54). Randall was eighth in the freshman 800-meter race (4:53.59) and Zhu was 10th in the freshman 100 (13.48). Ari Skov was 14th in the triple jump (32-8).

Coming up

The Wolves take on host North Kitsap and Olympic at their second Olympic League meet of the season on Thursday, March 28, in Poulsbo.

Following spring break, Sequim will take on Bainbridge and host North Mason in Belfair in April 11. Select SHS athletes compete two days later at the 64-team South Sound Classic in Puyallup.