Track & Field: Wolves place second in three-team league meet

Despite being out-numbered in most events against a deep Bainbridge squad, Sequim’s track and field crews earned eight first place finishes — four boys events and four girls — and placed second in a three-team Olympic League meet in Belfair on April 11.

Sequim’s girls, behind a pair of individual wins by senior Kaitlyn Bloomenrader, racked up 53 team points, behind Bainbridge (81) and just ahead of host North Mason.

Bainbridge dominated the boys side with 118 team points, ahead of Sequim (32) and North Mason (19).

Bloomenrader earned wins in the 200 meters (28.49) and the 1600 meters (5:52), and teamed up with Dawn Hulstedt, Ivy Barrett and Birdie Pyeatt to win the 4×400 relay (1:56:48). Bloomenrader also placed third in the shot put (25-0.5) in her second attempt in the event.

Freshman Ava Shinkle won the 300 hurdles in 1:03.27. Sequim’s Ahrya Klinger took second in the pole vault with a personal best 8-6 mark.

Barrett was runner-up in the 400 meters in 1:02.57. Hulstedt raced to second place in the 800 meters in a personal-best 2:34, while teammate Aspen Goldner was second in the 3,200 meters (14:44).

On the boys’ side, junior Sean Southard raced to victories in the 100-meter (11.53) and 200-meter (23.21) races, setting personal bests in both events. He added a second place finish in the javelin in a personal best 140-2.

Senior Colby Ellefson took first in the 3200 meters in 10:59. Sequim’s 4×400 relay team of senior Cayden Beauregard and freshmen Reid Randall, Adrian Osborne and Gavin Tupper took first place in 3:51.74.

Osborne was third in the 400 meters (54.88), as did Randall in the 1600 (5:06).

Competing at classic

Select SHS athletes compete two days later at the 64-team South Sound Classic in Puyallup.

In the boys’ competition, Beauregard topped the 13-foot mark in the pole vault to set a PR and place 10th. Southard placed 21st in the javelin with a 138-2 throw and Ari Skov was 25th in the pole vault (10-6).

On the girls’ side, Bloomenrader was 10th (out of 46 racers) in the 800 meters in 2:26, a season best, while Barrett was 15th in a 400-meter race in 1:02.89. Clare Turella, a freshman, tied for 13th in the high jump with a 4-8 mark.

NK takes pre-spring break meet

With host North Kitsap dominating in their second Olympic League dual meet, Sequim’s track and field teams scored four first place finishes and 27 top-five efforts at a March 28 match-up in Poulsbo.

NK’s girls took first with 109.5 team points to out-pace Olympic (38) and Sequim (35.5). The Viking boys made it a clean sweep with 87 points, with Olympic second at 55 points and Sequim third with 27.

On the girls’ side, Sequim’s 4×400 relay team of Barrett, Bloomenrader, Hulstedt and Pyeatt clocked in a 4:32 to win their event by more than 60 seconds.

Clare Turella added a win in the high jump, as the freshman cleared 4-10 to win the event; teammate Bailey Stein, also a freshman, was second (4-6).

Sequim’s 4×200 relay team (Barrett, Bloomenrader, Stein, Pyeatt) took second place behind North Kitsap, in 1:55. Barrett was second in the 400 meter race (1:02.61), as did Bloomenrader in the 800 (2:31), Hulstedt in the 1600 meters (5:45) and Goldner in the 3200 (14:57). SHS’s Klinger took second in the pole vault (8-0). Sequim’s girls added a pair of third place finishes in the sprints: Bloomenrader in the 100 (14.35) and Barrett in the 200 (28.95).

On the boys’ side, exchange student Tom Laschet topped the field in the 300 hurdles with a 46.42 mark, while Sequim’s 4×400 relay team of Beauregard, Osborne, Bowen Zhu and Meikel Hagedorn won their race in 3:55.

Sequim’s Southard was second in the 400 (56.22) and javelin (132-5) while Randall placed second in the 3200 (12:07).

The Wolves were scheduled to compete at Port Angeles on April 16. Sequim is at the Lil’ Norway Invitational in Poulsbo on April 20 and the Shelton Invitational on April 27, the Wolves’ final tune-up for the postseason.

The Olympic League meet is scheduled for May 2 and May 4 in Poulsbo.