RAYMOND — Appropriately on a night in which the Raymond track was dedicated in his honor, ex-Seagull standout Leo Rubstello witnessed his alma mater capture the boys team title at a record-shattering District IV Class 2B Track & Field Championship.
Rayce Newman had a hand in three titles as the Gulls totaled 134 points to beat Northwest Christian of Lacey by 45 points in the boys team standings Thursday night.
Northwest Christian took girls team honors, more than doubling the total of reigning state champion Pe Ell. South Bend was the top Twin Harbors girls team, placing third with 71 points.
The Raymond oval was formally dedicated as Rubstello Track in honor of the 1942 RHS grad who singlehandedly captured the boys team championship at the 1942 all-classification state meet. Now a resident of Woodinville but still an ardent Raymond booster, Rubstello was on hand for the ceremonies.
He was among a large crowd that saw several dramatic finishes and no fewer than six meet records fall. All were broken by athletes from outside the Twin Harbors.
Raymond’s boys may have not contributed to the district record-setting, but they did set one school mark.
That came in the boys 4x100-meter relay, in which the foursome of Ally Phansisay, Carte Bisbee, Alex Sida and Rayce Newman blazed home in 44.9. After factoring in the conversion rate from hand-held to automatic timing, that broke the previous school record owned by a Gull foursome that included Rayce’s father, Rance Newman.
Newman also won the 100 meters in 11.48 and rallied down the stretch to take the 200 in 23.37.
Bisbee cracked the 20-foot mark for the first time in taking the long jump at 20-1. Phansisay barely missed a personal best with a 43-6 mark in the triple jump.
Andrew Hamilton accounted for Raymond’s other event win with a 50-4 shot put — a PR by more than three feet.
“A lot of good performances and (we) advanced a lot of people,” Raymond coach Mike Tully said. “The boys have been doing well all year. This is a good reward for that going into state.”
With six places per event qualifying, each of the five Twin Harbors schools reaped a significant harvest of berths in next week’s state 2B meet at Cheney.
South Bend won only one event, but its victory came in arguably the most exciting run of the day.
With her team no better than fourth midway through the event, the Tribe’s Kaelani Collins zoomed into the lead with a sizzling third leg of the meet-opening girls 4x200 relay. Teammate Emily Sanchez brought it home to edge Napavine by a couple of strides. Morgan Patterson and Allison Funkhouser were the other team members.
Sanchez nearly pulled off an equally dramatic charge on the anchor leg of the 4x100, but Mossyrock held on for the victory.
“We got pretty much everybody we expected to get (advancing),” South Bend coach Steve Lazelle said.
“We competed well, lots of PRs,” Tribe assistant Gary Wilson added.
Willapa Valley continued its traditional domination of the pole vaults. Assistant coach Steve Hudson’s female vaulters, in fact, swept the top five places, with Michaela Huber winning at 9-6.
Valley’s David Rockett, like Huber a reigning state champion, wound up taking the boys title in a jump-off with teammate Anthony Sagen.
Both Vikings missed at 12-6, with an identical number of misses. Both then made a mandated fourth attempt at the same height.
The bar shook but stayed upright after Rockett grazed it at 12-9, That gave him the victory, as Sagen missed three times at would have been a personal best.
Valley’s Don Carlson bettered his subdistrict mark by two feet in winning the boys javelin.
Viking coach Dave Ege was impressed with his team’s depth.
“It looks like 14 of the 15 we brought made it over to Cheney,” he said.
North Beach coach Bob Wiley was similarly happy that 10 of his 11 performers in district individual events also advanced.
Hyak sophomore Caleb Bridge captured the boys discus with a throw of 148-1. North Beach’s Crystal Lynch, despite battling a virus, took the girls discus at 109-2 and bettered her own school record with a 39-2 mark that was good for second in the shot.
“Crystal, Chloe (hurdler Chloe Werner) and Quay (hurdler Quay Sotomish) were sicker than dogs, but they stepped up,” Wiley noted.
Ocosta barely missed being represented in the winners circle when Alex Herrera lost a jump-off to Naselle’s Chandler Chapman in the boys high jump.
But the Wildcats also claimed several state berths and Kelsey Gundersen, who ran third in the girls 800, broke the school record with a 2:26.7 mark.
“I’m very, very pleased with everyone’s performance,” Wildcat coach Aaron Anderson said.
Onalaska’s Stephen Bottoms, bound for Boise State, completed a boys distance triple and broke meet records in all three events.
Adna’s Regyn Gaffney registered a similar sweep of the girls 100, 200 and 400 meters — barely missing the meet record set by her mother, Willapa Valley’s Shannon Stratton, in the 100. Her 200 victory came at the expense of Pe Ell ace Alissa Brooks-Johnson, the reigning state champion in that event.
Brooks-Johnson had to “settle” for district titles in her three other events (both hurdles and the triple jump), with meet records of 44.1 in the long hurdles and 36-1 3/4 in the triple jump. Her triple jump cracked a 24-year-old district mark owned by Raymond great Ronalda Dunn.
The other meet record was set by Northwest Christian’s Karen Bulger in the girls shot (43-1 1/4).
Raymond 134, Northwest Christian 89, Morton/White Pass 78, Willapa Valley 59, Onalaska 51, Mossyrock 34, Napavine 33, Toutle Lake 31, Wahkiakum 30, Naselle 28, Pe Ell 25, Ocosta 22, South Bend 20, North Beach 20, Winlock 6, Adna 1.
(Top six to state)
100 — 11.48 — Newman (Ray), Wrzesinski (Ona), Bisbee (Ray), Talabert (NWC), Cothren (Wah), Butler (Mossy). 200 — 23.37 — Newman (Ray), Seymer (MWP), Cothren (Wah), Brady (TL), Talabert (NWC), Bisbee (Ray). 400 — 53.35 — Butler (Mossy), Seymer (MWP), Eveland (MWP), Konigsberger (WV), Sotak (NWC), Murdock (Ray). 800 — 1:57.55 (meet record) — Bottoms (Ona), Vaca (Ray), Koukal (NWC), Malamphy (MWP), Johnson (Wah), Beck (NWC). 1,600 — 4:17.49 (meet record) — Bottoms (Ona), John (MWP), Bredeson (NWC), Stickney (NWC), Davis (NWC), Girt (Ona). 3,200 — 9:34.0 (meet record) — Bottoms (Ona), Beam (NWC), Stickney (NWC), Schilter (NWC), Hunt (Ona), John (MWP). 110 H — 15.81 — Burch (NWC), Borden (Ray), Broten (Ray), Rockett (WV), Russell (PE), Buckingham-Koons (Nap). 300 H — 42.27 — 42.27 — Burch (NWC), Rockett (WV), Borden (Ray), Ervin (Nap), Barnett (MWP), Broten (Ray). 4x100 R — 44.90 — Raymond, Toutle Lake, Morton/White Pass, Mossyrock, Willapa Valley, Northwest Christian. 4x400 R — 3:35.89 — Morton/White Pass, Raymond, Northwest Christian, Napavine, Pe Ell, Onalaska.
HJ — 5-10 — Chapman (Nas), Herrera (Oco), Fisher (Win), Barnett (MWP), Johnson (SB), Hubner (Wah). PV — 12-9 — Rockett (WV), Sagen (WV), Condon (Nas), Giessler (Nap), Wulf (Nas), Johnson (Wah). LJ — 20-1 — Bisbee (Ray), Phansisay (Ray), Elswick (MWP), Ross (TL), Hurd (Mossy), Schulz (PE). TJ — 43-6 — Phansisay (Ray), Herrera (Oco), Johnson (SB), Schulz (PE), Newman (Ray), Chapman (Nas). Shot — 50-4 — Hamilton (Ray), Bridge (NB), Ratsavongsy (Ray), Blix (Wah), Robertson (Nap), Lukas (TL). Disc — 148-1 — Bridge (NB), Spahn (Mossy), York (TL), Blix (Wah), Halverson (SB), Johnston (Nap). Jav — 149-4 — Carlson (WV), Bates (MWP), Konigsberger (WV), Robertson (Nap), Russell (PE), Flemetis (Ray).
Northwest Christian 155, Pe Ell 74, South Bend 71, Willapa Valley 57, Adna 57, Mossyrock 53, North Beach 47, Raymond 40, Napavine 37, Ocosta 35, Morton/White Pass 25, Onalaska 20, Wahkiakum 19, Toutle Lake 9, Naselle 3.
100 — 12.44 — Gaffney (A), Dykes (Ray), Teigen (NWC), Collins (SB), Whitney (Ona), St. Pierre (Mossy). 200 — 25.87 — Gaffney (A), Brooks-Johnson (PE), Teigen (NWC), Dekoker (Nap), Sanchez (SB), Salgado (Mossy). 400 — 58.12 — Gaffney (A), Teigen (NWC), Anderson (MWP), Saul (Oco), Dailey (Nap), Elliott (Wah). 800 — 2:24.21 — Schilter (NWC), Bredeson (NWC), Gundersen (Oco), Herrera (Mossy), VonBargen (A), Gabel (NWC). Heywood (Wah). 1,600 — 5:13.4 — Herrera (Mossy), Bredeson (NWC), Hughes (MWP), Brooks (NWC), Hayden (Ona), Green (Nas). 3,200 — 12:07.9 — Brooks (NWC), Hayden (Ona), Herrera (Mossy), Bredeson (NWC), Shaffer (NWC), Cook (WV). 100 H — 15.37 — Brooks-Johnson (PE), Robinson (PE), Werner (NB), Werner (NB), Sowers (NWC), Sotomish (NB), Hickey (Nap). 300 H — 44.41 (meet record) — Brooks-Johnson (PE), McSheffrey (NWC), Sowers (NWC), Werner (NB), Dekoker (Nap), Schultz (Mossy). 4x100 R — 53.62 — Mossyrock, South Bend, Raymond, Wahkiakum, Willapa Valley, Ocosta. 4x200 R — 1:53.31 — South Bend, Napavine, Mossyrock, Ocosta, North Beach, Morton/White Pass. 4x400 R — 4:15.6 — Northwest Christian, Adna, Ocosta, Napavine, Morton/White Pass, North Beach.
HJ — 5-2 — Sowers (NWC), Russell (SB), Heywood (Wah), VanMarter (NWC), Rachael Saul (Oco). PV — 9-6 — Huber (WV), L. Friese (WV), K. Friese (WV), Smaciarz (WV), Cook (WV), Potter (Nap). LJ — 16-11 3/4 — Robinson (PE), Sanchez (SB), Dykes (Ray), Sowers (NWC), Anderson (MWP), Labrasca (Nap). TJ — 36-1 3/4 (meet record) — Brooks-Johnson (PE), Robinson (PE), Dykes (Ray), Kousonhsavath (SB), Russell (SB), Spoor (WV). Shot — 43-1 1/4 (meet record) — Bulger (NWC), Lynch (NB), Garcia (Ray), Kindell (A), Staats (SB), Gardner (TL). Disc — 109-2 — Lynch (NB), Bulger (NWC), Gardner (TL), Ege (WV), Shurtz (Oco), Kindell (A). Jav — 157-5 — Bulger (NWC), Robinson (PE), Curtis (SB), Staats (SB), Rockett (WV), Ortiz (Mossy).