Fishermen relay teams sweep three races

ILWACO — If you turn back the clock 50 years or so, you’d have seen Jim Peterson winning the high jump and Ken Sugarman dominating the shot put and then for many years the Pacific Loop track meet was not contested. But it has been resurrected and all five Pacific County track and field squads and Wahkiakum now compete in one of the most popular meets of the season.

Ilwaco won the boys competition by besting a very deep and talented Raymond squad and the Lady Fishermen came in fourth place. The Fishermen swept the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x800 relay races and Brandon Malmstadt won the 200 (23.94) and 400 (54.06), Josh Berteaux was a winner in the 100 in a personal best 11.73, and Cindy Pacheco swept the field in the 400 in 67.87.

The Fishermen 4x100 relay team of Berteaux, Justice Schenk, Kasey Plato and Malmstadt won with a time of 46.9. The 4x400 team of Malmstadt, Corbin Sutherland, Schenk, and Ben Ahlin were the winners in 3:43.02. The 4x800 relay team of Corbin and Evan Sutherland, Giorgio Cristiana, and Ahlin came turned in a first-place performance of 9:22 flat.

Kenny Price was fifth in the 400 (59.58), Keifer Gray was third in the 800 (2:35.73) and Marcos Merino Diaz was fourth (2:36.34). Corbin Sutherland was second in the 1,600 (5:01.98), Evan Sutherland second in the 3,200 (11:15.73) and Merino Diaz fourth in 13:18.15. Eli Schenk placed fourth in the 110 hurdles (20.28) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (49.4), Tyler Milligan was fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.5) and sixth in the 110 hurdles (22.69), while Cristiano was sixth in the 300 hurdles (49.0).

Ben Lopez, Cody Jahraus, Zak Berteaux, and Richard Willis claimed sixth in the 4x100 relay (56.78). Plato was seventh in the shot put (37-feet-2), fifth in the discus (101-feet-10), and second in the javelin (133 feet), while Zak Berteaux was eighth in the discus and Milligan fifth in the javelin.

Josh Berteaux came in second in the pole vault by clearing 12-feet-3. Both he and David Rocket cleared the same height, but Rocket from Valley won on fewer misses.

“I came close several times at 12-feet-9 in the pole vault. The good news is that our relay teams have been practicing and we’re getting better. Basically if we can win the relay races, we usually win the track meet. This was special to win today because it was my last home meet,” Berteaux said.

Zach Ahlin was third (10-feet-9) due to fewer misses in the pole vault, besting his brother Ben Ahlin who was fourth (also 10-feet-9), Cody Wright placed seventh (9-feet-9), and Milligan eighth (9 feet). Justice Schenk came in seventh in the long jump (18-feet-8) and fourth in the triple jump (35-feet-4), while Eli Schenk was eighth (35-feet-4) and Ryan Ulbricht 10th (30-feet-9).

Besides winning the 400-meter run, Pacheco was second in the discus (76-feet-7) and fifth in the javelin (81-feet-3) and Bailey Gray was second in the 1,600 (6:47.2) and fourth in the 800 (3:08.16). Valerie Lindstrom was second in the 100-meter hurdles (18.16), third in the long jump (14-feet-3) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.36). Lacie Cutting came in fourth in the 100-meter dash, Rissa Gerke was fourth in the 400 (83.34), Elli Fox placed eighth in the 100 hurdles (21.41). In the 300 hurdles, Marisa Maul was fourth (57.04), Tawnie Nesbitt fifth (58.06), and Cutting seventh (64.06).

Nesbitt placed second in the high jump by clearing 4-feet-10, losing to South Bend’s Makenzie Russell on fewer misses and came in fifth in the pole vault (7 feet). She teamed with Lindstrom, Maul and Pacheco to place fourth in the 4x100 relay (57.7) and Cutting, Fox, Maul, and Gerke came in third in the 4x200 relay (2:12.9).

Smith, Green red hot at county meet

ILWACO — Katie Green and Cramer Smith both won the two distance races at the six-team county track meet at Ilwaco May 1. Rob Baker won the 110-meter low hurdles and Chandler Chapman was the champion in the high jump for Naselle.

Green’s time in the 1,600 was 6:03.7 and in the 3,200 she hit the tape at the 12:46.13 mark. She came in second in the 800 in 2:48.78 as the sophomore standout dominated in the distance races. Jordan Badger was second in the javelin with a throw of 86-feet-4, over 20 feet further than her previous best.

“I had a great day, but I was a little disappointed that I didn’t have any personal bests. It was kind of cold and I didn’t have anyone pushing me in the mile (1,600 meters) or two-mile (3,200 meters). My season is going pretty well and I hope to do well at district. I’ll probably just run the two-mile and mile. At first I didn’t like to run, but now I’m enjoying it and I will train harder this summer,” Green stated.

Smith’s times were 4:56.65 in the 1,600 and 11:03.28 in the 3,200. Baker flew through the hurdles in 16.06, besting Valley’s David Rocket by .84 seconds and the rest of the field by 2.62 seconds. Chapman jumped 5-feet-10 to defeat Raymond’s Alec Oatfield by two inches. Chapman was second to Ally Phansisay of Raymond in the triple jump, leaping to a personal best of 40-feet-7 and he placed fifth in the 200 with a time of 25.81.

“I had a good PR in the triple jump and reached one of my goals of going over 40 feet and I should improve even more in that event. In the high jump I have been working on bending more when I’m over the bar and that has helped me. We still need to work on our handoffs in the 4x100 relay, but we should get better in that, too,” Chapman said.

The Comets 4x100 team of Chapman, Dustin Eaton, Baker, and Jake Condon was fourth in 48.52. Baker was third in the very competitive long jump by going 19-feet-5 and Eaton was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 12.42. Levi Wasmundt was seventh in the 1,600, Austin Smith eighth, and Keith Reitz ninth for Naselle. The Comets 4x800 relay team finished second, a minute and 34 seconds behind Ilwaco’s winning time of 9:22. Jesse Lopez was seventh in the javelin with a toss of 120-feet-9 and he was seventh in the triple jump, going 34-feet-11.

Cristina Carter, Emily Gudmundsen, Dakota Phillips, Beau Santjer, and Chad Andring also competed in the throwing events for Naselle.

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