WESTPORT — The Ilwaco High track and field team dominated their season-finale meet at Ocosta High School last Thursday. The Fishermen won the boys side of the eight team meet by nearly twice as many points as second place North Beach — 160-87 — and the girls won their half of the meet by 43.5 over second place Willapa Valley — 83.5.
Alex Kaino continued his hot streak in the 100 meters, winning the event for the fourth time this season, in a time of 11.94 — 3/10ths of the second off his PR time set earlier in the week. Kaino teamed with Ethan Personius, Marcos Mendoza and Ryan Schenk to win the boys 4x400 for the seventh time this season in a time of 3:38.02. The same team also placed second in the 4x100 in 45.75.
Not to be outdone, the Lady Fishermen’s three relay teams also won last Thursday. The 4x100 team of Anessa Woodby, Eliza Bannister, Makenzie Kaech and Alayna Marsh (who also each won individual events) won their race in a time of 55.08. The same girls teamed on the 4x200 to win in 1:53.84 — IHS has won the 4x200 at every meet this season. The 4x400 team of Woodby, Kaytlenn Whelden, Bannister and Marsh won in 4:25.56.
Freshman Tristan Trudell continued his big finish to the regular season by setting a new PR of 5:00.06 while winning the 1,600 for the third straight meet. Trudell’s time in the race has decreased each meet this season. Trudell was followed in second place by teammate and fellow freshman Daniel Whiting in 5:06.00. The two swapped places in the 3,200, with Whiting winning in a PR time of 10:56.84. Trudell, who also set a new PR, finished second in 10:57.09. They were followed by teammate John Glenn, who placed third in 11:54.62.
Freshman performers have been big for the Fishermen this year, according to IHS coach Sarah Taylor.
“Tristan (Trudell) has really come on strong at the end of the season,” she said. “Kaytlenn Wheldon, Sophia Marsh, and Alex Carper have also contributed a lot of points to the team. The freshmen in general have been a very fun group. I am excited for them.”
Taylor also noted that the last regular season meet often means different things to different athletes.
“Some were trying to get into (sub-regionals) with a new personal best, so they were focused on their events,” she explained. “Others just wanted to try something new before the season ended. Others just did a couple of events to focus before championship season.”
Woodby set her season best time while winning the girls 200 meters in 28.56. She was closely followed in second by Whelden in 29.41. Marsh set a new PR while winning the 400 in 1:03.56. Bannister won the girls 1,600 for the sixth time this season in an even six minutes, and Kaech won the shot put for the sixth time with a throw of 36-feet — her second best of the year.
The Fishermen took the top three places in the boys 400 meters at the meet, with senior Ryan Schenk setting anew PR of 54.31 to win. He was followed by two other seniors, Marcos Mendoza in second (56.08, a new PR) and Seth Sonntag in third (a season best 56.40). Mendoza also took second in the 200 in a time of 24.56. He was followed by Sonntag in third (25.71) and Jack Odneal in fourth in a PR time of 26.06.
Freshman Nisa Mendoza had her best finish of the year in the girls 800 meters, taking second in 2:57.25. Mendoza also finished third in the 3,200 in 15:04.37, just behind teammate Carolyna Mendez who also set a new PR time of 15:00.00. Chandelle Thomas had her best ever finish in the discus, taking second place with a new PR throw of 86-feet-6.
Cody Low placed third in the 800 in a new PR time of 2:22.62, followed by Jared Rutherford in fourth place in 2:29.87. Senior Ben Brownlee had his best time of the season while taking fourth in the 1,600 in 5:14.02. He was followed in fifth by Cody Low in 5:16.30. Anthony Cox took third in the high jump clearing 5-feet-4. Peter Tsai took third in the long jump (16-feet-4), followed by Trent Ramsey in fourth with a distance of 16-feet-1.5. John Glenn set a new PR of 36-feet-5 while taking third in the triple jump. He was followed by Tsai in fourth, who also set a new PR of 35-feet-6.5. Freshman Alex Carper set a new PR time of 55.56 while taking third in the 300 hurdles. Sophia Marsh finished third in the javelin with a throw of 82-feet-3.
Placing fourth for Ilwaco Thursday were: Javelin - Odneal (124-feet); 400 - Cheyenne Bent (1:13.02); 800 - Jasmine Judd (3:03.53). Placing fifth: 4x100 - Ethan Hopkins, Evan Perez, Preston Poe and Hans Amor (1:01.00); Shot put - Marcus Connor (36-feet-3.5); 100 - Kaytlenn Whelden (14.02 PR);1,600 - Dominique Bittner (6:52.50); 100H - Kaytlenn Whelden (17.71 PR).
PRs but not placing
Ilwaco track and field athletes setting new PRs but finishing outside the top five in their events were: BOYS 100 - Calvin Baze 12.87; 400 - Anthony Cox 58.72; 800 - Colton McNabb 2:41.15; 1,600 - Calvin Baze 5:55.05; 3,200 - Ivan Ramirez-Talancon 12:24.68, Marcus Connor 13:44.56, Colton McNabb 14:08.15, Cahlabe Whelden 15:24.38; Shot put - Calvin Baze 34-feet-6.75, Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez 21-feet; Discus - Preston Poe 75-feet-8, Brady Vinsonhaler 67-feet-9, Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez 65-feet-8, Ethan Hopkins 39-feet-11; Javelin - Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez 50-feet-3; Long jump - John Glenn 15-feet-4; Triple jump - Brady Vinsonhaler 28-feet-5. GIRLS Discus - Carolyna Mendez 47-feet-1.
The Fishermen begin the postseason with the eight team Pacific League sub-district meet Friday in Raymond.