CHENEY, Wash. — One was an elusive number Friday, as Yakima Valley athletes fell just shy of individual state track and field titles.
But local competitors parlayed strong performance into numerous seconds and thirds in the first day of the Class 1A/2B/1B meets at Eastern Washington University.
Ty Poole, who leads a sizable contingent from Class 2B Kittitas, flew 21 feet, 1/4 inch into second place in the boys long jump. Laconner’s Jamall James let loose with a 22-11/4 to win it.
Poole will see more action in today’s finals when he anchors Kittitas’ 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Three Valley athletes had near-misses for titles in the Class 1B girls events. Keiley Greenlaw of Thorp and Lindsay Brown of Bickleton fell two inches shy of championships in the shot put and long jump respectively, and Valerie Vogt of Trout Lake-Glenwood came on strong at the end of the 3200 but settled for second.
Greenlaw, seeded second in the shot with a district throw of 32-91/2, pushed that mark to 33-4 Friday. But the Thorp junior couldn’t overcome the 33-6 by Serena Hedman-Bergmeier of Mount Rainier Lutheran.
Bickleton sophomore Lindsay Brown cleared 4-10 amid blustery, occasionally rainy conditions, but settled for second place. Freshman Elaina Thomsen of Waterville won the title with a leap of 5-0.
Vogt, a senior competing in her fourth state meet for Trout Lake-Glenwood, set a personal best in the 3200 with a time of 11 minutes, 58.81 seconds — her first time under 12 minutes. District rival Emily Wooldridge of Entiat won in 11:52.24.
On the boys 1B side, Alex King of Trout Lake-Glenwood took second in the 1600 with a time of 4:43.78. The winner, Grant Marchant of Valley Christian, just missed the 1B state meet record with a time of 4:30.95. King, a senior, was third in the event last year.
JD Yarnell, also of Trout Lake-Glenwood, threw the javelin 160-5 to place five feet behind Taholah’s Jon Jackson. Yarnell moved up from last year’s sixth-place finish.
Peter Clinton of Bickleton matched last year’s runner-up finish and last year’s height of 12-6. Pomeroy’s Kenny Carr set a meet record of 13-0 to win the event.
Putting in impressive third-place performances were Highland’s Jack Espinoza in the boys Class 1A 1600, Riverside Christian’s Nicole Nobbs in the girls Class 2B javelin and RC’s Sarah Roberts in the girls 2B discus.
Espinoza led for the first two laps, then held with the lead pack for a personal-best finish of 4:26.77, less than one second behind winner Ruben Riordan of Charles Wright Academy. Espinoza’s time topped his previous best by five seconds.
Nobbs, a sophomore, threw the spear 122 feet, 10 inches, almost seven feet farther than her state-qualifying toss. Karen Bulger of Northwest Christian of Lacey easily won with a state meet record throw of 154-4.
Roberts’ state-qualifying discus throw barely cleared 100 feet. But the Crusader senior bumped that mark to 115-11 on Friday to win a third-place medal. Asotin’s Piper Loop won it in 127-1.
Jamie Venema, a senior from Bickleton, long-jumped 15-31/4 to take third in the girls 1B event. She was seventh last year.
Naches Valley’s Delaney Romero, the Valley leader in the long jump, settled for sixth in Friday’s Class 1A girls competition. Her top jump Friday was 17-01/2, more than a foot below her season’s best.
Coach Lonnie Blanchard said Romero jammed her knee on one of her jumps. Earlier in the day, she qualified for today’s finals in the 100-meter dash.
Naches Valley’s Jake Callaghan, the all-time Valley leader in the boys shot put, will compete in that event today. He placed eighth in Friday’s discus.
The high finishes in Friday’s finals put Trout Lake-Glenwood’s boys in the lead for the team title with 23.5 points, with most of the final events coming today. Trout Lake-Glenwood’s girls are tied for second with 16 points.
Bickleton’s boys and girls teams are holding onto fifth after the first day, with the girls at 14 points and the boys in a two-way tie at 12 points.