ILWACO - The boys track team scored points in every event in winning handily over a field of three other teams at the first home meet of the season at Pederson Field and the girls captured third place behind Forks and Toledo in their side of the competition.
Coach Sarah Taylor had special praise for Stephen Berglund, who ran a personal best in winning the 1,600 and for Kelly Freese who "raced well with a girl from Forks in both the 1,600 and 3,200." Freese split in those two races, winning the 1,600 and coming in second in the 3,200.
Taylor also said the boys 4x400 relay team "ran extremely well" as Matt Kaino ran the last leg and was able to chase down and catch the Forks runner, "who had a large lead going into the fourth lap." The coach also said, "Both of the girls' relay 4x4 and 4x1 relay teams continue to improve. Jeff Nesbitt and Theo Raaymakers both had PR's (personal records) in the shot put."
Taking first-place honors for the boys team were Eddie Knick in the 100-meter dash (11.52) and the high jump (5-feet-4) and Kaino in the 200 (PR of 23.94) and 400 (53.10). Berglund won both the 1,600 (4:58.9) and the 3,200 (11:08) and the boys' 4x400 relay team of Luke Jensen, Berglund, Justin Lewis and Kaino won their event (PR of 3:55.8).
Winning blue ribbons for the girls' team were Bonnie Perez in the javelin (108-feet-6) and in the 200 (PR of 29.01) and Cameo Ulbricht in the 100 (13.93). Freese won the 1,600 in 6:09.4 and the 4x400 relay team of Annika Wolters, Melany Bliss, Ulbricht and Perez won handily in a PR time of 4:43.25.
In the boys shot put Nesbitt was second (PR 37-feet) and Raaymakers fifth (PR 31-feet-8), while Robert O'Brien did not place, despite a PR of 31-feet-3. Raaymakers was second in the discus (94-feet-9) and Steven Keller had a PR of 53-feet-2, but did not score points. Jake Nesbitt placed fourth in the javelin toss (PR 112-feet-4), while Brendan O'Brien had a PR of 43-feet, but did not place.
Lewis was sixth in the 100 (12.62) and Brian Marteeny ran a PR of 12.70, but did not pick up points. Luke Jensen was third in the 400 (58.50) and fifth in the 800 (2:24.5) and Evin LaPlatney ran PR's in the 800 to come in third (2:25.5) and in the 1,600 (5:30.4) to claim fifth. Bobby Richards was eighth in the 1,600 (7:10.9) and Alex Phillips also had a PR in the 1,600, but did not place.
The Fishermen did well in the hurdles, with Jason Huntley coming in second in the 110 high's (20.43) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (PR 50.49). Chris Gibson was third in both the high hurdles (21.62) and the 300 hurdles (PR 49.90). Jeff Nesbitt was sixth in the 300 hurdles (51.83) and Vicente Fuentes seventh (PR 52.25). The 4x100 relay team of Marteeny, Robert O'Brien, Fuentes and Lewis (50.75) claimed an impressive second place.
Jake Nesbitt was fourth in the high jump (5-feet-2) and third in the triple jump (30-feet-11), finishing less than inch in front of fourth-place Huntley, while LaPlatney was fifth in the long jump (PR 15.25). Huntley, Fuentes, Marteeny and Gibson also had PR's in the long jump.
For the Lady Fishermen Wolters was second in the 200 (PR 30.78), Ulbricht second in the 800 (2:48.75) and Freese second in the 3,200 (12:38), while the 4x100 relay team of Ulbricht, Bliss, Wolters and Perez was also second (PR 57.19). Bliss was fourth in the 400 (1:15.97), Monica Millner was third in the triple jump (22-feet-9) and Gwen Gerke claimed fifth in the 300 hurdles (1:16.06).
Having personal bests, but not placing in the throwing events were Nicole Meyer, Anna Gerke and Amanda Byrd for the Lady Fishermen. Adam Taylor, Zhuang Zhuang Zhao and John Luke Marcus competed for the boys in several events, but did not place. Taylor was especially appreciative of the many volunteers who worked long and hard on a "very wet and cold day."