ELMA — Perhaps appropriately for a meet in which new faces occupied the spotlight, a new boys team champion was crowned in the Ray Ryan Memorial Grays Harbor All-County Track Meet.
Host Elma ended Hoquiam’s long domination of the boys meet, using its superior depth to edge the Grizzlies for the team championship Saturday.
The Grizzlies, however, parlayed their prowess in the sprints and jumps to top Montesano for the girls title.
Because of multiple errors in the original scoring, exact team scores could not be immediately determined. Even after revisions, however, Elma finished with a fairly significant advantage over runner-up Hoquiam and third-place Montesano in the boys meet. Hoquiam’s girls owned about a 25-point advantage over Monte, with North Beach third.
The all-county championships were dedicated to the memory of the late Daily World sports writer Ray Ryan, who helped revive and organize the meet. Member of Ryan’s family were on hand to accept a plaque in pre-meet ceremonies. The meet was sponsored by the Vaughan Company.
All seven teams that competed (Taholah was on spring break) recorded multiple event victories in a meet that began in a downpour that turned the jumping pits and throwing areas into bogs. Thankfully for all concerned, the rain let up at the approximate time the running events began and those were only occasionally accompanied by squalls.
Defying all pre-meet projections, at least one all-county record fell.
Hoquiam senior Devin Kelly captured the boys 200 meters with an sizzling time of 22.41, lowering the mark set by former Grizzly ace Jerid Ronquillo in 2011. Kelly also won the 100 and anchored the HHS sprint relay victory.
Grizzly coach Tim Pelan had his girls 4x200 relay team of Brittoni Wright, Savannah Smith, Emma Skinner and Mikaila Johnson clocked in what would have been a meet record time of 1:51.7. That foursome was officially timed, however, in 1:57.
While Kelly was the reigning county and district champion in the 200, many of the meet’s other impressive performances were registered by track newcomers.
Tyson Nauman, a senior who hadn’t competed in this sport since his freshman year, had a big hand in Elma’s team triumph.
Despite beginning the boys high jump at the peak of the rain, Nauman somehow cleared 6 feet — a personal best by some four inches — to win that event. He also took the triple jump at 39-6 1/4 and contributed to Elma’s 4x400-meter relay triumph.
The Eagles won only one other event, Ray Stark’s expected triumph in the 300 hurdles. But they used their depth to counter Hoquiam’s superior first-place punch.
“Getting those low places, that really helped us out,” Elma co-head coach Bill Zwarun said. “I thought that was the key today. Especially the distance guys, they got a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths. It all adds up.”
Eagle assistant Bryan Schneider also saluted his distance crew for running additional events.
“They did it because they wanted the team points,” he explained.
Several freshmen made spectacular all-county debuts.
Aberdeen’s Kyle Hurd swept the boys 1,600 and 3,200 meters in dominating fashion, capturing the latter event by at least 200 meters. He also ran a 55-second split in the mile relay, which immediately followed the 3,200.
Hoquiam frosh Emma Skinner had a piece of four victories, taking the girls 200 meters and long jump and also contributing to a pair of relay wins.
Montesano ninth-grader Jordan Spradlin captured the shot at 33-11 and the discus with a throw of 95-7.
Vince Tran, a junior competing in high school track for the first time, provided one of the Hoquiam highlights by holding off Elma’s Nauman and Chance Bremer to win the boys 400 in 53.59.
“For a first-year trackster, he came out and performed,” Pelan said. “And he’s been battling shin splints, too.”
For the second straight year, a Montesano girl attained the distance triple. This time it was junior Andrea Ostwald who swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
Bulldog senior Gabrielle Rudolph, who won those events last year, was not only coming off a foot injury but competed Saturday despite the flu bug. She led for the opening five laps of the 3,200 but, in obvious discomfort, was overtaken by Ostwald. Rudolph also ran second in the 1,600.
The Bulldog girls swept the top three places in the 1,600 and 3,200. Hoquiam, however, was able to trump that in the girls team standings by controlling the sprints and field events.
Hoquiam’s Savannah Smith repeated in the girls 100, while Olivia Rose took the triple jump for the second straight year. Those two ran behind Skinner to complete a sweep of the 200 meters that sealed the team triumph for the Grizzlies.
Grizzly senior Mikaila Johnson nipped Elma’s Bethany Lipska to successfully defend her all-county girls high jump title. Both cleared 4-10 before bowing out at 5 feet. Since Johnson made 4-10 on her first attempt, while Lipska needed two tries to clear that height, she was awarded the victory.
On the boys side, Hoquiam’s Kenny Huffman won the discus. Pelan cited Kelly, Johnson, Skinner and Alexis Franklin for particularly fine performances.
Montesano’s Conner Lovell succeeded his older brother Tyson (who graduated last year) as the all-county boys 800-meter champion. Teammate Tanner Birdsall pulled off a mild surprise by nipping Hoquiam’s Tyler White and Elma’s Rashad Lorton in a tightly contested long jump.
“It wasn’t our best performance. But, considering the weather, I thought we did pretty well,” Bulldog girls coach Doug Schupbach observed.
Monte’s Myranda Floch, the reigning all-county champion in the girls 400, was held out of the meet due to a tight quadricep.
Aberdeen’s McKenzie Brooks repeated in the girls long hurdles, while teammate Lily Walsh returned from a basketball injury to capture the javelin.
North Beach picked up victories from Caleb Bridge in the boys shot put and Quay Sotomish in the girls short hurdles. Hyak coach Bob Wiley cited that pair, along with Carson Ketter and Saul Gonzales, for fine showings.
Wishkah’s Keigan Gardiner nabbed his second consecutive boys 110-meter hurdles title but dropped out of his final two events due to a painful hip flexor. Logger senior Trey Berge won the boys javelin. Wishkah assistant Dan Brown also praised the performance of Ryan Anderson in several girls events.
Ocosta had the distinction of winning the meet’s first and last events. Freshman Matthew Hart took the boys pole vault that was contested under unusual circumstances Wednesday. Since they were unable to travel to Montesano, the site of the boys and girls pole vaults (Elma does not have a pole vault facility), the Wildcats were allowed to vault at their own track, with marks compared to those at Montesano.
The Wildcats capped the meet by winning the girls mile relay. In between, Rebekah Saul prevailed in the girls 400 meters.
Hoquiam’s Theresa Chapin won the girls pole vault Wednesday at Monte. Summary information on both vaults, however, were unavailable.
(Pole vault placewinners unavailable)
100 — 11.5 — Kelly (H), Stark (E), Floch (A), Birdsall (M), White (H), Ketter (NB). 200 — 22.41 (meet record) — Kelly (H), Ketter (NB), Bremer (E), White (H), Darst (M), Lopez (H). 400 — 53.59 — Tran (H), Nauman (E), Bremer (E), Floch (A), Louthan (M), Bennett (E). 800 — 2:12.88 — Lovell (M), Allen (E), Bennett (E), dead heat between Farr (E) and Martinez (A), Malchert (W). 1600 — 4:46.71 — Hurd (A), Farr (E), Lovell (M), Martinez (A), Allen (E), Starks (E). 3,200 — 10:48.06 — Hurd (A), Allen (E), Starks (E), Farr (E), Clements (M), Martinez (A). 110 H — 16.12 — Gardiner (W), Hughes (M), McAra (NB). 300 H — 41.78 — Stark (E), McAra (NB), Cheema (A), Peoples (M), Keller (NB). 4x100 R — 44.5 — Hoquiam (White, Lopez, Tran, Kelly), Elma, Montesano, North Beach, Aberdeen, Wishkah. 4x400 R — 3:40.99 — Elma (Stark, Lorton, Bremer, Nauman), Montesano, North Beach, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Ocosta.
HJ — 6-0 — Nauman (E), Lovell (M), tie between Johnson (H), Herrera (O) and Floch (A), tie between Lopez (H) and Castleberry-Taylor (A). LJ — 17-10 1/2 — Birdsall (M), White (H), Lorton (E), Hartford (E), Weber (A), Truax (M).. TJ — 39-6 1/4 — Nauman (E), Herrera (O), Roy (M), Gray (E), Thompson (H), Weber (A). Shot — 47-9 1/2 — C.Bridge (NB), Huffman (H), Pellegrino (M), Smith (H), Metke (A), Moyer (NB). Disc — 124-1 — Huffman (H), C. Bridge (NB), Stevens (E), S.Bridge (NB), Watters (H), Berge (W). Jav — 138-11 — Berge (W), Ketter (NB), Vinson (M), Wakefield (H), Thompson (H), Herrera (O).
(Pole vault placewinners unavailable)
100 — 12.96 — Smith (H), Rose (H), Floch (M), Atkins (O), Jankord (E), Johnson (H). 200 — 27.24 — Skinner (H), Rose (H), Smith (H), Floch (M), Marcisz (NB), Ballo (O). 400 — 1:03.96 — Rebekah Saul (O), Robles (NB), Baumgardner (H), Ballo (O), Nicholson (A), Hearn (NB). 800 — 2:39.0 — Ostwald (M), Potter (M), Gundersen (O), Hearn (NB), Beeler (H), Krusemark (NB). 1600 — 5:51.59 — Ostwald (M), Rudolph (M), Potter (M), Nicholson (A), Zang (E), Franklin (H). 3200 — 12:18.52 — Ostwald (M), Rudolph (M), Potter (M), Franklin (H), Gallo (O), Nicholson (A). 100 H — 17.31 — Sotomish (NB), Brooks (A), Wright (H), Irvin (NB), Barber (W), Schupbach (M). 300 H — 55.81 — Brooks (A), Towery (NB), Jines (E), Irvin (NB), Schupbach (M). 4x100 R — 51.86 — Hoquiam (Wright, Rose, Skinner, Smith) North Beach, Ocosta. 4x200 R — Hoquiam (Wright, Smith, Skinner, Johnson). North Beach, Ocosta. 4x400 R — 4:33.84 — Ocosta (Gallo, Rachael Saul, Gundersen, Rebekah Saul), Elma, Hoquiam, North Beach.
HJ — 4-10 — Johnson (H), Lipska (E), McCormick (H), Floch (M), Rachael Saul (O), Peterson (E). LJ — 14-1 — Skinner (H), Lipska (E), Floch (M), Jines (E), Towery (NB), Pillsbury (NB). TJ — 34-5 — Rose (H), Lipska (E), Anderson (W), Pillsbury (NB). Shot — 33-11 — Spradlin (M), Bradley (M), Kramer (H), Sansaver (H), O. Fruh (NB), Blackburn (A). Disc — 95-7 — Spradlin (M), Shurtz (O), Bradley (M), West (A), Paris (A), Kramer (H). Jav — 94-0 — Walsh (A), Anderson (W), Kramer (H), Miller (M), Spradlin (M), Charette (E).