CASTLE ROCK — Ilwaco’s boys and girls teams each won a five-team 1A Trico League track meet in Castle Rock on April 13.
Jack Odneal’s triumphant return to the track gave the boys a boost, as did Marcus Connor’s career-best, first-place discus throw and the team’s usual dominance of the long-distance races. The girls had a well-rounded performance on the track, getting strong performances at short and long distances, including Alayna Marsh’s win in the 200 meters with a personal-best time. Makenzie Kaech’s first-place shot put and big all-around days from Ebby McMullen, Eliza Bannister and Chandelle Thomas also helped boost Ilwaco’s girls to victory.
Trico League schools King’s Way Christian, Stevenson, and Castle Rock and the 1B Washington School for the Deaf were the other competitors.
Odneal was at his first track and field event since 2014 after playing baseball in 2015 and being out with a knee injury last year. He set a personal best with a 125’6” javelin throw, good for second place. Odneal also tried his hand at short-distance runs for the first time, with a solid 13.12 second 100-meter run and a 26.71 second 200.
Marsh, a junior, focused primarily on the 400 meters last season but twice ran the 200 in just over 30 seconds. This year, she has gotten her 200 time under 30 seconds. On Thursday, she reached 28.18 to win by a second and a half.
Along with her first-place 1,600, Bannister won the triple jump at 30’7”. Ebby McMullen also had a strong all-around day, taking first in the long jump (15’1”) and third in the javelin (89’). Chanelle Thomas contributed a fourth-place 200-meter finish (31.78), a seventh-place 100 meters (15.05), and a seventh-place discus throw (60’5”). Kaech’s 33’2” shot put won that event by over five feet.
Connor, whose discus throws have generally hovered in the low-80s throughout his career, unleashed a personal-best 94’08” throw Thursday to take first place. He also took seventh in the shot put and 11th in the javelin. With big days from Connor, Odneal (second-place javelin) and Cahlabe Whelden (fifth in shot put, sixth in javelin, eighth in discus), Ilwaco’s boys had their strongest day of the year in the throwing events.
Ilwaco’s boys also racked up points in long-distance races. In the 1,600 they had nine of the 13 competitors, including the top six finishers. Daniel Whiting won in a personal-best 5:05.22, with Marcos Mendoza eight seconds behind and Tristian Trudell third at just under 5:15. Ben Brownlee was next, followed by Noah Miller and Adam Rutherford in just under 5:25. Whiting, Trudell, Miller and Rutherford all set personal bests, as did Ivan Ramirez-Talancon at 5:49.87. In the 3,200, Whiting won in 11:15.78, followed by Trudell and Rutherford, with all three setting personal records.
Trudell took second in the 800 meters at 2:23.66. Rutherford, a junior, set yet another personal best in the event with a 2:28.59. Ryan Schenk, normally a 200-meter star, took second in the 400 meters at 55:06, a personal best in an event he rarely enters. Senior Anthony Cox, a first-year track athlete, had Ilwaco’s best times in the sprints, taking sixth in the 100 (12.60) and 200 (26.60).
Alex Kaino took the week off from sprints but won the boys 300-meter hurdles in 43.47 seconds, beating teammate Ethan Personius’s second-place 47.63 mark. Kaytlenn Whelden took second in the girls 100 and 300 hurdles at 18.56 and 52.52.
In relays, Anessa Woodby, Kaech, Marsh and McMullen brought Ilwaco victory in the girls’ 4x200; Woodby, Whelden, Bannister and Marsh took first in the 4x400. McMullen, Kaech, Woodby and Marsh took second in the 4x100. Kaino, Personius, Mendoza and Schenk won the boys 4x400 and were second in the 4x100.
The girls’ team score of 122 beat second-place King’s Way at 84. The boys’ team score was 100, beating second-place Stevenson’s total of 91.