CHEHALIS — Hundreds of high school track and field athletes attended the annual Chehalis Activators Invitational and Classic last weekend, competing against some of the best in the state from schools 1B up to 3A. For a tiny team like the Naselle girls to win the invite side of the meet over 18 bigger teams is a big deal. Placing in the top 10 of 10 events earned the NHS girls 48 points, four better than 2A school WF West in second place.
Raja Estes won the discus with her second longest throw of the year, 80-feet-10. Estes also placed sixth in the shot put and eighth in javelin. Teammate Amelia Tutu’u took second in the 100 hurdles in a time of 19.05, a new personal record (PR). Lillian Zimmerman went two-for-two, taking second in both the triple jump and the high jump. The girls 4x200 team featuring Karinda Cooper, Lindsay Hunt, Darian Jacot and Ashley Muessig placed fifth in a time of 2:20.80.
Senior Cody Kirkman took fifth in the boys shot put — an event with 94 competitors — throwing 38-feet-4. Teammate Parker Dalton placed fourth in the triple jump, clearing 32-feet-11, while fellow freshman Antonio Nolan placed eighth in the 1,600 in a time of 5:12.29. Erik Lund took sixth in the javelin with a throw of 122-feet-9.
Two Comets finished in the top 10 in discus, with Jacot taking sixth and Ellie Miller taking ninth. Jacob did it again in the 800, where she placed sixth ahead of teammate Hunt who took ninth.
The Classic portion of the Activators meet is the more elite, inviting only the best in each event. Once again, the smaller Comets did well against the big competition.
Ellie Chapman placed in the top 10 of all three of her events, taking fifth in the 100 hurdles, sixth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in high jump. Freshman Sophie Scrabeck placed eighth in javelin with a throw of 87-feet-6 and was 10th in the pole vault. Sophomore Shon McEneny placed seventh in the boys javelin with a throw of 151-feet-10, while Karinda Cooper took eighth in shot put with a throw of 31-feet-1.5. Amelia Tutu’u, who also competed in the Invitational side of the meet, had the 12th best throw in the girls javelin at the Classic.
BOYS: Shot put - 16. Erik Lund 34-feet-7 Naselle, 31. Shon McEneny32-feet-10Naselle; Discus - 16. Erik Lund 98-feet-8 Naselle, 36. Shon McEneny 90-feet-10 Naselle; Triple jump - 11. Ian Fontanilla 31-feet-2 Naselle.
GIRLS:400 - 10. Ellie Miller - 1:16.32 Naselle, 12. Lillian Zimmerman 1:19.77 Naselle; 1600 - 10. Lindsay Hunt 7:12.76 Naselle, 13. Selah Wulf 9:13.49 Naselle; Shot Put - 12. Lillian Zimmerman 25-feet-7 Naselle, 13. Ellie Miller 25-feet-6 Naselle.