Boppell Track at Whitworth University was the setting on Wednesday, May 5 for the final meet of the season for the Sasquatch track and field teams. Despite the lack of a championship meet, the team concluded with a number of the best performances of the season.
The sprints and jumps squad had a stellar day at the Whitworth Twilight. On the women’s side, Alma Manzo (SO) of Connell High School ran her first 100-meter of the season, blazing a 12.57 which notches her number one on the NWAC rankings. She placed fourth in a D1 stacked field. She placed first in the long jump and triple jump at this meet. Alma was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that ran a season best of 49.81, keeping them in the number one spot in the conference this week. Other members include: McKenzie Fletcher (SO), Lainey Johnson (SO), and Jaydn Schulte (FR).
On the men’s side, Jon Watkins (FR) of Selah High School ran another season and lifetime personal best in his 400-meter shaving his time down by two tenths of second to a fine 49.65. This placed him first at this meet and maintains his second place seed in the conference. Jake Schnatter (FR) of Lake City HS had a solid day as well. He leaped a season personal record of 21 feet and 11 inches in his long jump, placing first at this meet. He also ran 11.11 in the 100-meter and 22.37 in the 200-meter placing second in both races. These times are just shy of his season personal records from last week. Finally, Jared Hathaway jumped a season best in his triple jump with a leap of 44 feet and 4 inches. This was a great third place showing in a strong field of jumpers after battling injury for most of the season.
In the vertical jumps all four sasquatch jumpers equaled or improved on their best jumps of the year. Jabriel Davis (SO) of West Valley Spokane was the leading jumper of the day clearing a season best of 6 feet and 4.25 inches, teammate Jaxon Nichols (SO) Kamiakin HS equaled his best also clearing 6 feet and 4.25 inches. Both jumpers had some really close attempts at lifetime best of 6 feet and 6 inches. Connor Baumgartner (SO) Kennewick HS equaled his best at 6 feet and 2 inches as did Ubaldo Arellano (SO) of Brewster HS.
In the pole vault John Grieshaber (SO) Mt. Spokane HS, led the way this week with both a season and lifetime best of 14 feet and 10 inches. Much like TJ Lynch last week, Grieshaber then had several good attempts at 15 feet and 4 inches. Lynch (SO) Hanford HS was just under his season best clearing 14 feet and 4 inches. Tommy Benane (SO) University HS had a season best of 12 feet and10 inches.
Tressa Wood (FR) from The Dalles HS continued her fantastic season with another personal best, this time in the 1500-meter run with a five second improvement running 4:59.71. In the conference rankings Tressa is now second in the 1500-meter and 5k, and remain the top ranked runner in the 10k.
Most of the male distance runners competed in the 1500-meter run this week and almost all came away with season bests. Highlighting the men was freshman Issak Chol (FR) Rogers High School, who in his first attempt at the distance this season finished second overall in the race with a 3:59.62 which also ranks second in the conference.
Anthony Carlascio (FR) from West Valley Yakima ran a season best just missing a sub four with his 4:00.22 and finishing third overall in the race. Travis Hicks (FR) from University HS finished fourth in the race with a 4:03.93. Joseph Brantley (FR) from Rogers HS, also ran a nice race and was rewarded with a five second personal best in 4:09.60.
Giovanni Raskell (FR) West Valley Spokane, continued his excellent season with another personal best of 4:10.09. After dealing with an injury for this last year, freshman John Dorr, North Central HS, made his debut on the track for the Sasquatch and ran a gutsy 4:10.19. Gideon Swanson (FR) Lakeside HS, also had a great run with an eight-second best time running 4:16.
In the hammer throw both Kolten Cairns (SO) Chewelah HS and Brooks Michaels (FR) Glacier HS Montana, turned in season bests throwing 125 feet and 2 inches and 129 feet and 1 inches moving them into the number nine and number eight spots on the conference list, giving the men four of the top ten in this event.
Colby Anderson (FR) Eagle HS, hits back to back season bests in the discus throw, reaching over 135 inches twice with a best of 135 feet and 4 inches earning him the fourth best throw in the conference this year.
In the men’s javelin throw, competing in the event for the second time this season after coming back from injuries were Brandon Snider (FR) Central Valley HS and Ubaldo Arellano each throwing season bests of 129 feet and 6 inches and 125 feet and 1 inch. The top two ranked throwers in the conference Aster Dotson and Joey Woodland were also close to their season bests with throws of 173 feet and 1 inch and 162 feet and 11 inches.
Kylie Heimbigner (SO) White Pass WA HS, finished with a season and lifetime best of 112 feet and 2 inches finishing fourth overall in the meet and ranking fifth in the conference.
Now that the 2021 season is in the books the team and coaches look forward to a strong class of recruits, the opening of the new indoor track facility at the Podium, and the hope of a full meet schedule both indoors and out in 2022. We have greatly appreciated the hard work of our student athletes, athletic trainers, as well as the athletic and school administration that have made this year possible.
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