The 14th addition of Washington Against the World (WAR) track meet was held on Saturday April 10 on the campus track at Spokane Falls Community College. Mother nature did her best to make the conditions difficult at times -- despite this, the Sasquatch faithful turned in some very solid mid-season performances against outstanding competition from the major regional universities.
On the women's side for the sprints and jumps crew, freshmen Jadyn Schulte from Mead High School posted some solid marks in the long jump. She leaped 15-feet-11.5 inches, placing her 5th at this meet as well as tying for No. 5 in the NWAC rankings this week. This is only Jadyn's second time jumping this season. Sophomore Alma Manzo competed tough in the women's triple, placing 2nd overall with a leap of 35-feet-9.5 inches.
Freshman Tressa Wood made her season debut in the women’s 1500-meter running a fine 5:11.40 to place No. 7 overall in the meet and ranking No. 6 on the NWAC performance list to date.
The top 400-meter hurdler in the NWAC this season, McKenzie Fletcher, grabbed a pair of top five finishes, placing No. 5 in the 100-meter hurdles, just off her season best running 15.84 seconds. In the 400-meter hurdles she was also No. 5 overall in 1:05.55.
On the men's side, freshmen Jon Watkins of Selah High School posted a season best of 50.79 seconds running into a massive head wind. This beats his previous time by almost a full second and notches him No. 2 on the NWAC rankings this week. Sophomore Jared Hathaway of East Valley High School and freshmen Jake Schnatter of Lake City High School leaped seasons bests in the long jump event placing No. 6 (20-feet-8.5 inches) and No. 8 (20-feet-1.74 inches), respectively.
The men’s distance crew continues to turn in NWAC leading performances. Among them was Johan Correa with No. 2 overall in the meet in the 800-meter, his signature event running a solid 1:57.85 under windy conditions. His teammate, Travis Hicks was just a step behind finishing No. 5 overall in 2:00.00. The pair remain ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on the conference 800-meter list.
Making his season debut was Issak Chol running in the 5k. Chol was clocked in 15:27.18, good for No. 4 overall in the meet and currently the fifth fastest in the NWAC this year.
In the men’s high jump Jaxon Nichols upped his season best while finishing No. 2 overall with a jump of 6feet-3.25 inches, which also has him at No. 2 in the conference. He is followed by his teammates on the NWAC high jump list with Jabriel Davis at No. 3 and Connor Baumgartner No. 4. The trio continue to battle it out each week for the top spot on the squad.
The top hurdler in the NWAC this year is Harlon Stuits. Stuits grabbed a pair of No. 4 finishes this weekend running close to his season best and conference leading mark in the 110-meter hurdles running 15.13. A big breakthrough in the 400-meter hurdles saw Stuits pick up another No. 4 finish, running a fine 55.76, again the top mark of the year in the conference. Stuits continues to run key legs on both the 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relays.
The top ranked throwing squad in the NWAC this year saw several top performances again this week. Coming off of conference athlete of the week honors for his efforts last week Bradley Fillis continues to improve. Fillis competed in three events this week finishing No. 6 in the shot put, throwing a season best and NWAC leading 48 feet 11 inches. In the discus, he finished No. 7 overall at 142 feet 11 inches, good for No. 2 in the NWAC. In the hammer throw, Fillis finished No. 7 with a season best throw of 152 feet 5 inches the second-best mark in the conference this year.
Teammate Aster Dotson continues to improve in only his second meet of the season finishing No. 6 overall in the javelin. With a strong wind blowing during the event, Dotson fouled a huge throw on his first attempt that gave him a glimpse of the possibilities for the season. His throw of 166 feet is a season best and also good for the top mark in the conference so far this year. Look for a big throw for Dotson coming soon.
Up next for the men’s squad is the Big Foot Decathlon starting on Thursday April 15th at 12 p.m. on the campus track at SFCC. Lainey Johnson, from the women’s side, is looking to improve on her season best set earlier this year, at the Big Foot Heptathlon beginning on Thursday April 15th at 12 p.m. on the SFCC campus track.
The rest of the squad will see action on Saturday April 17 at the Sam Adams Classic hosted by Whitworth University on the Boppell track.