SEASIDE, Ore. — Even when Ilwaco’s Charity Fleck doesn’t win, she still wins. The enormous Daily Astorian track and field meet last Saturday, featuring 17 high schools from Washington and Oregon, including IHS and Naselle. Until this event, Fleck had yet to lose a race this season. That changed with the 100 meter dash, where Fleck was defeated by Natalie Cummings of Astoria. But how bad can a loss be when you set a new personal record (PR) time of 12.92?

Fleck bounced back and beat Cummings in the 200 meters by .01 seconds, setting another new PR, 26.86. Fleck finished her day with the 4x400 relay, where she helped Ilwaco win once again, in a time of 4:19.39.

But Fleck wasn’t the only local athlete to have a big day at the big meet. IHS freshman Ebby McMullen set a new PR while winning the 100 meter hurdles, in a time of 16.70, a .06 seconds improvement. Teammate Eliza Bannister placed in three events. In the girls 1,500 (as they do in Oregon) Bannister placed third in a time of 5:29.96. The winner of the race, Kaylee Mitchell of Astoria, had an impressive sub-5 minute time. Bannister placed fifth in the 3,000 in 12:58.20 and set a new PR in the triple jump, where she also placed fifth. Bannister added more than a foot to her best distance, clearing 30-feet-11.5.

Naselle’s Cody Kirkman, who was the only Comet to place in the top five in an event, added six feet to his PR in discus, taking third with a throw of 117-feet-7.

IHS senior Riki Thompson took third in the boys javelin with a throw of 145-feet-4. He also helped the IHS boys 4x100 team take fifth with their fastest time this season, 46.68. Ryan and James Schenk helped the IHS 4x400 team to their fastest time this season, 3:44.18, good enough for third pace. Ryan also took fourth in the 200 with a season-best time of 24.25, while James threw a season-best 145-feet-1 in the javelin, good for fourth place.

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OYEHUT — Relay races have long been the specialty of the Ilwaco High track team, and their dominance was once again on display April 13, during an 11-team Pacific League meet at North Bach High School, where IHS won four of five relays, taking second in a fifth.

Ilwaco won all three of the girls relays, taking first in the 4x100 in 52.9, first in the 4x200 in 1:55.5 and the 4x400 in 4:29.1 — all season-best times. The boys won the 4x400 in a time of 3:54.3 and a close second in the 4x100, in a time of 47.5.

Ryan Schenk, part of the winning 4x400 team, also placed second in the 200 in 24.4 and fourth in long jump, clearing 16-feet-9, right behind teammate Riki Thompson, who placed third with a jump of 16-feet-9.5. Thompson was also second in javelin, throwing 157-feet-11.

Charity Fleck continued her winning ways, placing first in the 100 meters in a time of 13.2. Teammate Mackenzie Kaech took third place in javelin with a throw of 81-feet-11, and fourth in the shot put with a distance of 27-feet-3.5.

Freshman Alex Kaino took second in the 300 hurdles in a time of 44.14. Teammate Marcos Mendoza placed second in the 1,600 in time of 5:15.1 and was third in the 800 in 2:21.6.

Eliza Bannister ran 6:10.2 in the 1,600, good for third place, and Alayna Marsh finished fourth in the girls 800 in a time of 2:50.1. Adam Rutherford had his best finish in an event this year, claiming third place in the boys 3,200 in 12:53.1. James Schenk threw 138-feet-8 to take third in the boys javelin, just ahead of teammate Gio Lazaro, who took fourth with a throw of 125-feet-4.

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