KALAMA – Javelin throwers Leticia Cervantes and Cindy Pacheco, hurdler Valerie Lindstrom, and Josh Berteaux in the pole vault all qualified for the 1A state track meet by finishing in the top four places at the district track meet in Kalama May 18. Ilwaco 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams finished fourth and second, respectively, to also qualify for the big meet, held May 25 and 26 in Cheney.

Ben Ahlin, Justice Schenk, Brandon Malmstadt and Corbin Sutherland packed the baton in the 4x400 and finished in a time of 3:33.09, their best of the season by a whopping three seconds, and just .9 seconds behind first-place Elma. Berteaux, Ahlin, Malmstadt and Schenk were fourth in the 4x100 relay for the Fishermen in 45.31, their top time of the year.

Cervantes threw the javelin 103-feet-11 and Pacheco’s toss of 101-feet-7 earned both a trip to state by finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the event. Lindstrom placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 50.07, her fastest time of her freshman season by nearly two seconds — an IHS school record.

“I was really excited when we made it to state in both relays,” Malmstadt said. “I had my best split ever in the 4x400 at 50.4 seconds. It was pretty scary in the 4x100. Justice, me, and then Josh had us in second place. A couple of teams passed Ben, but he was able to hold off the kid from Rainier to get us fourth place. We’ll practice our form for handoffs and do some speed work this week.”

Malmstadt was fifth in the 200-meter race, missing a state bid by a heart-breaking .15 seconds with a time of 23.20. Corbin Sutherland was eighth in the 1,600 in 5:10.09 and Evan Sutherland claimed eighth in the 3,200 in 11:00.59, his best time of the year by over a second.

“I was in lane 7 and Darrin Love from Tenino, who beat me for fourth place was in lane 2, so I just got a glimpse of him at the end of the 200. I got off to an excellent start, but he was ahead of me with 10 meters to go and I didn’t quite catch him. It looked like he was just a half step ahead of me at the finish line,” Malmstadt related.

Berteaux placed fourth in the pole vault by clearing 11-feet-6 and tying Ben Ahlin, but Berteaux had fewer misses. Zach Ahlin placed sixth in the pole vault by going 11 feet. Ben Ahlin tied his best mark of the year.

“You finish in the top four, you get a week more,” Berteaux stated poetically after qualifying for state in both the pole vault on fewer misses and in the 4x100 by less than a half second. “It was nerve wracking in the relay because I was in second when I handed off and the other teams all have really fast anchors. I was tired because I had only gotten two hours of sleep in the last 38 because I went to advanced fire training Wednesday and Thursday. I want to have a solid, focused week of practice and finish better than sixth place like I did last year at state in the pole vault,” Berteaux said.

“In the 4x400 I ran the third leg and we were second behind Elma when I got the baton. At the end of my leg, the kid from La Center passed me, but Brandon passed La Center to go back into second on the first turn. We are in the top six in the state so I’m hoping we can come through with a medal. I missed going in the 1,600, but I would have had to run my PR by quite a bit and that miracle didn’t happen. I’m really excited to be a part of the relay team that is going to state,” Corbin Sutherland stated.

Justice Schenk was eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-feet-8. Kasey Plato finished eighth in the discus (114 feet) and ninth in the shot put (40-feet-2). Pacheco was 10th in the discus (81-feet-7) and Cervantes 12th in the shot put (25-feet-5). Tawnie Nesbitt narrowly missed going to state in the high jump as she cleared 4-feet-8 and placed fifth after losing to Elma’s Bethany Lipska in a jump-off. Nesbitt was eighth in the pole vault (7-feet-6).

“Valerie was very, very nervous all day before the meet, but she ran an amazing race and made it to state and broke the school record. Leticia and Cindy both threw well and are happy to have another chance to compete next week. Tawnie was so close in the high jump. She slipped in her second attempt during the jump-off for fourth and unfortunately did not make the cut,” coach Sarah Taylor said.

“The 4x100 ran very well and set a season PR. It was an exciting race. Josh didn’t set a personal record in the pole vault, but still was able to qualify for state. The 4x400 had a great day. They all ran well and blew away their past team PR. Kalama runs a good meet and even with a couple of disappointments, things went pretty well for us,” Taylor concluded.

The boys’ team was seventh with 33 points and Hoquiam won with 120. On the girls’ side, Ilwaco was 13th and Kalama edged Ridgefield 70 to 68 for the team title.

Boys’ standings:

Hoquiam 120

Kalama 109

LaCenter 48

Elma 47

Montesano 41

White Salmon 36

Ilwaco 33

Castle Rock 32

Stevenson 27

Rainier 27

Onalaska 24

Forks 21

Toledo 20

Rochester 17

Tenino 16

Girls’ standings:

Kalama 70

Ridgefield 68

Castle Rock 62

Hoquiam 56

Montesano 56

LaCenter 56

Stevenson 55

Onalaska 50

Rochester 48

Rainier 42

Elma 37.5

Forks 34

Ilwaco 21.5

White Salmon 19

Tenino 16

Toledo 10

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