STEVENSON -Bonnie Perez picked a great time to have her personal best effort in two events as she won the Trico League javelin with a monster throw of 119 feet, five inches and won the 400 meter race in 64.20. Stephen Berglund won the 3,200 boys race in 10:48.66 and Kelly Freese was the 3,200 league champ with a time of 12:34.78. Matt Kaino won the 400 in 53.25 and the Lady Fishermen 4x400 relay team of Melany Bliss, Annika Wolters, Cameo Ulbricht, and Perez was first in the league with a time of 4:29.43.
The top four finishers in the lane events and top six in non-lane and field events in the league meet qualified for the District IV track meet in Rainier Friday, with the top four placers there to go to the state meet May 25 and 26. Evin LaPlatney claimed Ilwaco's only second place finish by running a 5:07.06 in the 1,600 race.
Eddie Knick was third in the 100 with a 11:72 and also came in third in the high jump by besting his previous top mark by six inches when he cleared 5-10. Freese was third in the 1,600 in 5:51.97. Jason Huntley ran a 48.99 in the 300 intermediate hurdles and Jake Nesbitt tossed the javelin 138-8 to both earn third place ribbons. The Fishermen 4x400 relay team was also third place as Jake Nesbitt, Knick, Kaino, and Jeff Nesbitt ran a 3:44.92. Anna Gerke was sixth in the shot put (26-4) and discus (75-7) and qualified for district in both events and Monica Millner claimed sixth in the high jump (4-2) to also earn a trip to district.
Zhuang Zhuang Zhoa was sixth in the 200 (27.52), Bobby Richards seventh in the 1,600 (6:30.78), Jeff Nesbitt seventh in the shot put (39-9), Wolters finished sixth in the 100 high hurdles (18.22), and Joe Berglund finished seventh in the pole vault (7 feet) , each narrowly missing invites to district. The Fishermen 4x100 relay team of Joe Berglund, LaPlatney, Adam Taylor, and Huntley was fifth (52.52) and the Lady Fishermen 4x100 relay of Bliss, Wolters, Ulbricht, and Perez was also fifth (55.16).
The Kalama boys amassed 140 points to hold off second-place Stevenson, who scored 98. Castle Rock was fourth with 62 points and Ilwaco fifth with 61. Stevenson won the girls' meet with 147 team points. La Center placed second with 130 Kalama was third, scoring 69, Castle Rock fourth with 60 and Ilwaco girls were fifth with 55 points.
Coach Sarah Taylor said, "It was nice day in Stevenson and the athletes did a very good job. Eddie Knick had a huge PR in the high jump, jumping 6 inches higher than he has all season. Stephen Berglund ran well in the 3,200, as did Kelly Freese. Evin LaPlatney has shown a lot of improvement this year and he will be running the 1,600 again next week. Anna Gerke didn't PR but she qualified in both the shot and disc. It was a good day for her. On Wednesday, Bonnie Perez had a very nice throw in the javelin. She also ran well in the 400 and relays on Friday."