Seventeen Sequim track and field athletes in 21 events are moving on to districts, following top-five finishes at the Olympic League meet last week — one dominated in the team standings by North Kitsap’s boys and girls.
The Vikings swept the top places at the league championships held May 5 and May 7 at North Mason High School in Belfair.
Sequim’s boys tallied 73.5 points to finish fourth in the eight-team meet, behind NK (222.5), 3A Bainbridge (98.5) and Bremerton (94.5).
Sequim’s girls took fifth overall with 83 points, behind NK (151), Bainbridge (138), North Mason (96) and Bremerton (95).
The top five 2A athletes in each league event move on to districts.
SHS senior standout Riley Pyeatt raced to a win in the 400 meters in 59.30 seconds, a season-best, and with a personal best 5:13.34 edged North Kitsap sophomore Salix Wartes-Kahl in the 1,600-meter race by 0.22 of a second.
Pyeatt also received a “pass through” in the 800-meter race after she was unable to compete in the league final; she holds the state’s best 2A mark thus far and will have a chance to compete in that event at districts.
SHS senior Rileigh VanDyken took third in the pole vault (7-0). Jolene Vaara was third in the high jump (4-8) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.41). VanDyken placed sixth in both 100 hurdles (19.11) and 300 hurdles (54.33), and advances to districts in both events.
Also advancing to districts were SHS junior Hi’ilei Robinson, who was fourth in the 200 meters (27.89) and sixth in the 100 meters (13.57), as is senior Eve Mavy, who was ninth in the 1,600 meters (5:33.91) and fifth among 2A racers.
Sequim’s 4×200 relay placed second, with Emma Bergmann, Kaitlyn Bloomenrader, Katie Morris and Anastasia Updike finishing in 1:53.69, while Sequim’s 4×400 relay team (Bloomenrader, Mavy, Pyeatt and Robinson) also took second, in 4:18.30.
On the boys’ side, SHS brother tandem Adrian and Andrew Brown went 1-2 in the 110 hurdles, with the senior Adrian finishing in 16.06 seconds and Andrew, a freshman, in 16.77 seconds — both personal bests. Adrian earned a second league title with a first-place finish in the 300 hurdles, a personal best 41.73 mark.
Andrew Brown added a third place finish in the high jump with a personal-best 5-6 mark, tying the school’s freshman record.
Sequim junior Mirek Skov is also a league champ after clearing a personal best 12-3 in the pole vault — a personal best by nearly 2 feet.
Henry Hughes and Tyler Mooney, both Sequim High seniors, placed fourth and fifth in the 400 meters, finishing in 53.08 and 53.88, respectively.
Sequim sophomore Colby Ellofson was sixth in the 1,600 meters, crossing the finish in a personal record 4:41.55, and was fifth in the 3,200 meters (10:16.44). SHS freshman Sean Southard was seventh in the javelin (112-7); both advanced to districts.
SHS’s boys 4×400 relay team (Hughes, Southard, Adrian Brown and Ty Coone) placed fourth in 3:46.23, and advances to districts.
In all, Sequim athletes set 17 personal bests over the two days, despite wet weather on May 5 and wind on May 7, noted SHS coach Brad Moore.
The West Central District 1A/2A meet is set for Friday-Saturday, May 20-21, at North Mason High School in Belfair, with the top four athletes and relays in each event advancing to state.
The state 2A/3A/4A meet is May 26-28 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. For more about the state meet, see wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=322.