Both competitively and weather-wise, the Grays Harbor All-County Track & Field Championships contained a little bit of everything.
The team champions, however, were very familiar.
Scoring heavily in the sprints and jumps, Hoquiam repeated as boys and girls team titleholders Saturday at Sea Breeze Oval.
The reigning state 1A champion Grizzlies totaled 187 points to beat runner-up Elma by 62.
Big boosts from Savannah Smith and Olivia Rose helped Hoquiam earn a surprisingly decisive girls victory. With 158 points, the Grizzlies wound up 39 1/2 ahead of Elma, with Montesano third at 117.
All eight Grays Harbor schools who offered track, however, captured at least one individual all-county title.
The best thing that could be said about the weather was that the competitors ran little risk of becoming overheated. Although rain fell only periodically (and spectators were also pelted by a brief hail storm early in the meet), a strong, frigid wind howled throughout. The concluding girls mile relay began in a squall — and ended in sunshine.
Despite a surprising number of good marks, no meet records were broken.
“Today, surviving the weather was priority No. 1,” Hoquiam coach Tim Pelan said. “(My kids) came out and competed. The weather didn’t faze them. Sometimes, these conditions built mental toughness.”
There were even a couple of mild upsets.
Wishkah’s Keigan Gardiner, who had established a new school record of 15.9 in the boys 110 hurdles two days earlier, was officially clocked at 15.94 (Logger coaches had him at 15.7) to upend Elma’s favored Ray Stark.
“He’s a gamer,” Wishkah assistant coach Dan Brown said. “You get him next to a fast kid and that’s how (he goes).”
Montesano’s Tyson Lovell may have pulled off the day’s biggest surprise by topping Aberdeen’s Poli Baltazar — who had pulled off a distance triple in last year’s all-county meet — in the boys 1,600.
Staying on Baltazar’s shoulder for the first three laps, Lovell surged into the lead early in the final 400 and won going away with a time of 4:37.0.
Lovell also won the 800 meters (in which Baltazar didn’t compete). The Aberdeen senior, however, quickly took charge in the 3,200, his strongest event, and beat Lovell by more than 100 meters.
Hoquiam’s Smith, who only became eligible this week and was competing despite a touch of the flu, topped a fast field in both girls sprints. She was also a member of a victorious 4x200 relay.
Teammate Rose was also a three-time winner, capturing both horizontal jumps and also running on Hoquiam’s winning 4x100 relay. Her 34-4 triple jump was only 7 3/4 inches shy of the meet record set by Elma’s Brandi Thomas in 1998.
Hoquiam’s Mikaila Johnson took the girls high jump at 4-10 and also had a hand in the 4x200 relay. Teammate Theresa Chapin won the pole vault.
Cole Smith was a two-time individual winner for Hoquiam’s boys, but this was a bittersweet day for the reigning two-time state 1A high jump champion.
After clearing a modest 6 feet on his initial jump, Smith missed three times at 6-4 — six inches below his personal best. The 6-foot jump, though, was sufficient for the title.
On the plus side, he won the javelin at 178 feet, a personal best by about five feet.
Grizzly senior Nolan Hoiness blazed home in 10.92, slightly faster than last year’s all-county time, to prevail in a highly competitive boys 100 meters.
Teammate Devin Kelly outdueled Hoiness in the 200. That duo joined Paul Girts and Tyler White on a sprint relay team that beat its nearest rival by more than four seconds in 45:06.
White also won the long jump at 19-4, while Hoquiam’s Zach Phillips took the pole vault.
Montesano junior Gabrielle Rudolph was in a class by herself in notching her second consecutive girls distance triple. She was not seriously challenged in any of the three events.
Monte’s Myranda Floch also had a productive day by winning the girls 400 and sharing in her school’s mile relay victory.
“We had some good performances today,” Bulldog girls coach Doug Schupbach related. “We were in every event we entered (on the girls side).”
He cited Floch and Kaitlyn Bradley, who established personal bests in the shot and discus, for particularly fine showings.
Montesano’s Tristan Darst won the boys 400.
Elma’s Stark rebounded from his loss to Gardiner by winning the long hurdles and also had a hand in a mile relay victory. Eagle senior Erick Atkins edged Monte’s Anthony Louthan in the boys 400 meters.
Aberdeen’s Shayna Wilson successfully defended last year’s girls javelin title and bettered last year’s mark by seven feet at 123-1. McKenzie Brooks was the Bobcats’ other all-county champion, in the girls 300 hurdles.
Two throwers accounted for three of North Beach’s four titles.
Crystal Lynch, one of the state 2B leaders in the girls shot and discus, won both events with tosses of 38-2 1/2 and 99 feet, respectively.
North Beach’s Caleb Bridge, who had set a school boys discus record of 142-1 1/2 on Thursday, was affected by the conditions Saturday but still won the event at 126-3.
Chloe Werner repeated as the girls 100 hurdles champion.
“The kids did well considering the conditions,” Hyak coach Bob Wiley noted.
Wishkah suffered a blow when Ethen Arnold, one of its top male runners, pulled up lame in the boys 100. The nature of his injury was immediately undetermined. That mishap aside, Wishkah coach Bob Eager was pleased with the efforts of both his boys and girls.
Taholah’s Joseph Winn won the boys shot.
Alex Herrera, in the boys triple jump, was the sole winner for Ocosta, which was short-handed due to conflicting commitments.
The meet was sponsored by Anchor Bank, the Hoquiam Elks Past Exalted Rulers Association, Grizzly Alumni Association and Hale Chiropractic. Pelan thanked volunteers who braved the adverse conditions to help conduct the meet.
Next year’s meet is tentatively scheduled for Montesano, if the East County school can resolve some track maintenance issues.
Hoquiam 187, Elma 125, Montesano 93, Aberdeen 67, North Beach 57, Wishkah 56, Ocosta 29, Taholah 19.
100 — 10.92 — Hoiness (H), Stark (E), Kelly (H), Girts (H), White (H), Arnold (W). 200 — 22.93 — Kelly (H), Hoiness (H), Gardiner (W), Bremer (E), Darst (M), White (H). 400 — 54.21 — Atkins (E), Louthan (M), Bremer (E), Darst (M), Lopez (H), Lopez (H). 800 — 2:07.0 — Lovell (M), Farr (E), Truax (M), Martinez (A), Calvin (NB), Reinozo (NB). 1,600 — 4:37.0 — Lovell (M), Baltazar (A), Allen (E), Starks (E), Martinez (A), Bennett (E). 3,200 — 10:00.0 — Baltazar (A), Lovell (M), Allen (E), Starks (E), Martinez (A), Burbidge (E). 110 H — 15.94 — Gardiner (W), Stark (E), Phillips (H), Hughes (M), Dycus (NB), Richardson (W). 300 H — 44.01 — Stark (E), Phillips (A), Cheema (A), Dycus (NB), Hughes (M). 4x100 R — 45.06 — Hoquiam (White, Kelly, Girts, Hoiness), Elma, Wishkah. 4x400 R — 3:44.7 — Elma (Stark, Atkins, Farr, Bremer), Hoquiam, Montesano.
Shot — 44-6 1/2 — Winn (T), Bridge (NB), Law (T), Pellegrino (M), Huffman (H), Talley (A). Disc — 126-3 — Bridge (NB), Erickson (H), Huffman (H), Berge (W), Fruh (NB), Talley (A). Jav — 178-0 — Smith (H), Struthers (A), Erickson (H), Sandstrom (H), Louthan (M), Jackson (T). HJ — 6-0 — Smith (H), Herrera (O), Bennett (E), Sandstrom (H), B. Anderson (W). PV — 10-0 — Phillips (H), Peoples (M), Truax (M), tie between Thompson (H) and Johnson (H). LJ — 19-4 — White (H), Struthers (A), Caballero (O), Rose (H), Atkins (E), Carr (NB). TJ — 39-1 — Herrera (O), Stevens (E), B. Anderson (W), Thompson (H), Clutts-Rodriguez (W), Weber (A).
Hoquiam 158, Elma 118 1/2, Montesano 117, North Beach 113, Aberdeen 82 1/2, Ocosta 29 1/2, Wishkah 14 1/2, Taholah 8.
100 — 13.18 — Smith (H), Rose (H), Grant (E), Leonard (H), Floch (M), Caskey (A). 200 — 28.03 — Smith (H), Grant (E), Caskey (A), Robles (NB), Baumgardner (H), Fresquez (NB). 400 — 1:05.91 — Floch (M), Caskey (A), Robles (NB), Mitchell (H), Marcisz (NB), Alatorre (E). 800 — 2:35.0 — Rudolph (M), Gundersen (O), Gallo (O), Potter (M), Sandstrom (H), Alatorre (E). 1,600 — 5:32.0 — Rudolph (M), Ostwald (M), Peek (E), Michelbrink (A), Hearn (NB), Franklin (H). 3,200 — 11:33.0 — Rudolph (M), Ostwald (M), Potter (M), Peek (E), Gallo (O), Franklin (H). 100 H — 17.32 — Werner (NB), Sotomish (NB), Brooks (A), Trygstad (NB), tie between Mitchell (H) and E. Anderson (W). 300 H — 54.28 — Brooks (A), Werner (NB), Thompson (E), Sotomish (NB), Trygstad (NB), Vogler (NB). 4x100 R — 54.02 — Hoquiam (Rose, S. Chapin, Dhooghe, Leonard), Aberdeen, North Beach. 4x200 R — 1:55.5 — Hoquiam (Dhooghe, Leonard, Smith, Johnson), Elma, North Beach. 4x400 R — 4:48.6 — Montesano (Potter, Rudolph, Ostwald, Floch), Elma, Hoquiam.
Shot — 35-4 — Lynch (NB), Gibson (E), Bradley (M), Doyle (E), Paris (A), Hillebrant (A). Disc — 99-0 — Lynch (NB), Bradley (M), Walsh (A), Doyle (E), Sok (H), Alvarenga (H). Jav — 123-1 — Wilson (A), R. Cheney (T), Gibson (E), Walsh (A), E. Kershaw (E), Bradley (M). HJ — 4-10 — Johnson (H), Lipska (E), tie between T. Chapin (H) and Saul (O). PV — 6-6 — T. Chapin (H), Clark (H), Schupbach (M). LJ — 15-7 — Rose (H), Lipska (E), Jump (E), Johnson (H), T. Chapin (H), Clark (H). TJ — 34-4 — Rose (H), Floch (M), Lipska (E), E. Anderson (W), Cox (E), Sotomish (NB).