RAYMOND — Ilwaco freshman Tristan Trudell had the best day of his young track and field career last Thursday at the seven-team Pacific League meet in Raymond. Trudell, who had previously never won a race, set a new personal record (PR) of 11:10.36 to win the boys 3,200. He also won the 1,600 in a time of 5:08.91, only 2.5 seconds from his PR time. Trudell’s wins helped to propel the IHS boys team to a second-place finish at the meet.
For the first time in his high school career, senior Marcos Mendoza won the boys 200 and set a new PR time of 24.20. He joined Alex Kaino, Ethan Personius and Ryan Schenk to win the boys 4x100 in 46.79. The same team also won the 4x400 in a time of 3:42.29. The girls 4x100 team of Anessa Woodby, Makenzie Kaech, Chandelle Thomas and Cheyenne Bent won their race in 55.92. The 4x200 team of Woodby, Kaech, Sophia Marsh and Bent won in a time of 1:59.30. The team of Alex Carper, Bent, Nisa Mendoza and Marsh took third in the 4x400 in a time of 5:05.91.
The Fishermen had three place in the top five of the boys 400, with Ryan Schenk coming in second in 55.65, first-year track athlete senior Jack Odneal was fourth in 59.04 and senior Seth Sonntag had a season-best time of 59.89 to take fifth. Odneal also took second in the javelin with a throw of 121-feet-9. Kaino set a new PR in the 300 hurdles of 42.48, good for second place. He also set a new PR in the 100 meters, taking third in 11.83. Makenzie Kaech took second in the girls shot put with a throw of 34-feet-9 — the first time she hasn’t won the event this year. Junior Cahlabe Whelden had his highest-ever event finish by taking third in the boys shot put with a throw of 36-feet-8.5 — only 1.5 inches off his PR distance. Marcus Connor took third in the discus with a new PR distance of 99-feet-9. Senior Anthony Cox tied his best finish and his PR while taking third in the high jump, clearing 5-feet-6. Freshman Nisa Mendoza took third in the girls 3,200 in 14:43.07, and was fourth in the 1,600 in 6:46.07.
Seth Sonntag set a season-best time of 25.77 in the 200, good for fifth place. Trudell also had a fifth place finish in the 800 in 2:25.98. Sophomore John Glenn took fifth in the 3,200 in 11:59.62, while Ethan Personius placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.11) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (20.58). Freshman Alex Carper set a new PR in the 100 hurdles, taking fourth place in a time of 19.65. She also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles in 57.82. Anessa Woodby set a new PR in the long jump, clearing 13-feet-2, good for fifth place. Trent Ramsey placed fifth in the triple jump, clearing 36-feet-3, and Chandelle Thomas placed fifth in the girls 100 meters in a time of 14.76.
Ilwaco track and field athletes who set new PR’s but finished outside of he top five in their event were: BOYS 100 - Trent Ramsey (13.06); 800 - Noah Miller (2:28.11), Jared Rutherford(2:28.24); 3,200 - Ivan Ramirez-Talancon (12:54.46); Shot put - Preston Poe (29-feet-6), Hans Amor (26-feet-7.5); Discus - Adam Sonntag (75-feet-5), Evan Perez (63-feet-6), Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez (53-feet-5); Javelin - Marcus Connor (93-feet-10), Brady Vinsonhaler (92-feet-7), Preston Poe (85-feet-4), Hans Amor (81-feet-9), Adam Sonntag 59-feet-9), Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez (49-feet); Pole vault - Parker Kaech (7-feet-6); Triple jump - Parker Kaech (33-feet-4). GIRLS Discus - Alex Carper (54-feet-9); Javelin - Sophia Marsh (89-feet).
Several Ilwaco athletes went all the way to Shelton for the 57th Shelton Invitational track meet on April 29, a huge event featuring 44 schools, including Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Olympia and Bremerton.
Ebby McMullen finished sixth place of sixteen competitors in the javelin throw at 111’4”. It was the second-best mark of her career, and proved her personal-record crushing 116-foot throw the previous week in Kalama was a sustainable improvement rather than an aberration.
Daniel Whiting ran a 5:06.59 mile, a personal best, to finish ninth in the freshmen’s race. Kaytlenn Whelden ran the 300 meter hurdles in 52.89 seconds.
Anessa Woodby, Eliza Bannister, McMullen and Alayna Marsh ran the 4x100 relay in 52.96 seconds. Woodby, Kaytlenn Whelden, Bannister and Marsh ran the 4x400 in 4:24.38.
The Fishermen will host the annual Pacific County Invite on Tuesday (after deadline), and will travel to Ocosta on Thursday for an eight team meet.