TACOMA – There are plenty of times when Jonas Price could’ve won the Class 4A state title in the 1,600-meter run with the performance he turned in on Thursday.
In 10 of the last 15 years, to be precise.
But on this day, in this stacked field of major-college senior talent, the Eisenhower junior had to settle for fourth even though he sped across the line in 4 minutes, 10.22 seconds for the Valley’s third-fastest time ever run.
Camas’ Daniel Maton and Mount Si’s Joe Waskom, who will be teammates at the University of Washington in the fall, had superior speed over the final circuit and surged away with Maton prevailing, 4:06.07 to 4:06.64.
It was Maton’s third straight title in the 1,600, the first threepeat at the 4A level in 93 years.
Price would’ve been perfectly happy spoiling Maton’s historic feat, and that was the plan until the two leaders unleashed final laps of 57 seconds.
“I was right there, right where I wanted to be with a lap to go, but they hit another gear that I didn’t expect,” Price said. “The goal was to get a title, which I clearly didn’t do. But, yes, the time was pretty good. I’m excited about the 3,200 on Saturday.”
Price’s day wasn’t done, which was good because later in the evening he was feeling a lot better. Just over an hour after his 1,600, he helped Ike’s 4x400 qualify for Saturday’s final. Drew Reyes, Isaiah Lopez, Price and Demitrius Alford ran 3:24.59 for the fifth-fastest time in the prelims.
The first medal of the day at Mount Tahoma High School was earned by Davis junior Kahlani Schloss, who placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 124 feet, 11 inches.
The two-time CBBN district champion broke through into the medals after placing 12th here as a sophomore and 13th as a freshman.
“My goal was definitely the top eight,” said Schloss, who was solidly consistent with other throws of 124-1, 122-5 and 122-1. “Last year was all about nerves. This year I visualized what I had to do and stayed a lot more focused.”
About a month ago at a big westside meet, the neatest thing happen to Shea Mattson.
“For some reason this season, kicking’s become a strength for me,” said the Selah junior. “It was at Shoreline when I went from second to last all the way to eighth on the last lap and PRed.”
That strategy worked just fine Thursday as Mattson picked off four runners on the final lap to place second in the 1,600 with a lifetime best of 4:21.53.
“The guys went out slow but that didn’t bother me because of this new confidence I have in my kick,” he said. “With a lap to go I felt great and had a lot of confidence I would finish strong. This gets me so excited for the 3,200 (on Saturday).”
Junior Leah Holmgren broke Ellensburg’s school record in the 1,600 with a sixth-place run of 5:03.85, knocking eight seconds off her previous best.
Teammate Dion Hardeman, also a junior, matched Holmgren’s medal in the long jump, leaping 20-11.75, and Selah senior Skylar Rayburn reached the podium in the shot for the first time in three tries. He was seventh with a throw of 49-11.25.
The big news out of Thursday’s prelims came from Selah’s girls in the 4x400, where the Vikings clipped the school record. Baily Thompson, Kaylea Hartman, Kyrsten Callahan and Olivia Martin won the second heat in 4:01.84 and trail only Lynden (4:00.46) in qualifying times for Saturday’s final.
Hartman and Martin ran on the 2017 team that held Selah’s previous record at 4:02.01.
Ellensburg sophomore Aiden Wise was also impressive in the 110 hurdles prelims, running 14.91 for the second-fastest time. His final is on Friday.