IHS tracksters run away with five firsts at league meet

<I>File photo by DAMIAN MULINIX/Chinook Observer</I><BR>Stephen Berglund won the 3,200 meter race with a time of 10:38 at last Thursday's meet. Berglund was also part of the second place boys 4x400 team, as well as taking second in the 1,600 and third in the 800 meter races.

MONTESANO - Matt Kaino won the 200 and 400 meter races, Stephen Berglund ran away with the 3,200 and Cameo Ulbricht was victorious in the 800 in a nine-team league meet at Montesano Thursday. The Lady Fishermen 4x400 relay squad also took home a first-place ribbon. The boys' team finished a distant second to Montesano and the girls tied for fourth as LaCenter handily won the team title.

Kaino's time in the 200 was 23.53 and in the 400 he won in 51.85. Berglund paced the field in the distance run in 10:38 and the girls' 4x400 relay team of Annika Wolters, Marin McDonnell, Kelly Freese and Ulbricht won with a time of 4:41.34. Ulbricht's winning time in the 800 was 2:23.04.

Evin LaPlatney had an outstanding day for the Fishermen, placing second in the 800 (2:11.04), coming in fourth in the 400 (55.77), and joining Jason Huntley, Berglund and Kaino in placing second in the boys' 4x400 relay with a time of 3:50.57. Berglund was also second in the 1,600 (in 4:47.69) and third in the 800 (2:12.37).

For the Lady Fishermen Ulbricht was second in the 400 (1:06.14) and Wolters placed third in the same event (1:07.55). Kelly Freese was second in the 1,600 (5:58.24) and third in the 3,200 (12:38.21). Wolters, Kenzi Wirkkala, Freese and Ulbricht teamed up to place third in the 4x100 relay. Anna Gerke finished third in the discus with a twirl of 84-feet-9.

The Fishermen 4x100 relay team of Josh Schenk, Robert O'Brien, Tyler Starks, and Huntley was third with a time of 49.56. Huntley was sixth in the 110 high hurdles (21.22), Andy Schott placed sixth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (54.49), and Mitchell Mortenson finished sixth in the 3,200 (11:41.51). Schenk placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet-11.

Wirkkala earned fourth place in the javelin for the Lady Fishermen (80-feet-4), Gerke was seventh in the 300 low hurdles (1:28.73) and Nicole Meyer placed eighth in the same event (1:29.39), and Monica Millner was also eighth in the triple jump, going 23-feet-7.

Coach Sarah Taylor said, "Cameo Ulbricht and Evin LaPlatney both ran impressively. They ran the extremely difficult 400, 800, and 4x400 combination. Both had personal bests in the 400 and ran very close to their best times in the 800. Stephen Berglund also ran a difficult combination of the 1,600, 800, 3,200 and 4x400. He ran very strong. The girls' 4x400 was an exciting conclusion to the meet. Anna Gerke continues to improve and threw a personal record in the discus. Matt Kaino won both the 400 and 200 after not racing for two weeks."

Coach Ned Bittner added, "Matt ran away from the field in the 400 and beat a tough challenger. Evin looked good in his events and is really coming along and Stephen ran well. Andy Schott is doing well in the hurdles. Annika Wolters ran a personal best in the 400 and Mitchell Mortenson ran well in the 3,200. Kelly Freese is running consistently and always gives a good effort in practice."

Elias Blume, Brendan O'Brien, Beau Morrow and Carson Fox also competed in the throwing events.

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