One of Sequim’s brightest hopes for a state medal this spring found herself out of action Saturday. Fortunately, Sarah Hutchison’s reputation — and high-reaching feats in the pole vault — preceded her.
A Wolfpack of 26 Sequim boys and girls in 22 events punched their tickets to the West Central District meet after strong finishes at a subdistrict meet in Bremerton on Saturday, led by a strong contingent of runners.
C.J. Daniels scored a win in the 1,600 meters and placed third in the 800 meters, Alex Barry won the javelin, Josh Cibene topped the field in the pole vault and Sequim’s 4×400 girls relay team of Hannah Hudson, Gretchen Happe, Mercedes Woods and Waverly Shreffler sped to a first-place finish of 4:11.95 — the eighth-best time in the 2A classification — as the Wolves took their next step toward the state meet.
Hutchison also advanced to the district meet via a “pass through” voted on by the head coaches of the Olympic League, Sequim coach Brad Moore explained; Hutchison is still recovering from an ankle injury she suffered two weeks ago but is expected to be able to perform at the district meet, set for May 22-23 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. She placed 13th at last year’s state meet with a 9-0 mark in the event but has cleared 10 feet this season before the injury.
“I’m pretty confident she’ll be ready to go,” Moore said.
Barry set a personal best in the javelin with a 166-8 mark, ranking him fifth in the 2A state bests. Moore said Barry still has room to improve, with a shot at eclipsing 180 feet.
Cibene cleared 13-3 in the pole vault — his previous best was 12-3 set last year as a sophomore — and now ranks in the top 12 in state.
Oscar Herrera placed second in both hurdles events and both his times are among the 15 best among 2A boys.
Shreffler, a sophomore, continued her strong efforts in the 400, placing second with a personal best 60.81-second mark.
Sequim’s boys distance crew took three of the top five places in the 1,600-meter race and, led by Brendon Despain’s runner-up finish, four of the top five spots in the 3,200-meter race.
In all, Sequim athletes set 16 personal records at the subdistrict meet.
“Overall I think the kids did really good,” Sequim coach Brad Moore said. “(But) next week, the competition is going to be stiff.”