CHENEY - Rob Baker of Naselle finished seventh in the 110 meter high hurdles at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 2B state track and field in Cheney with a time of 16.36, after tying his career best of 16.34 in the preliminary race. He was one-hundredth of a second from sixth place and one-tenth of a second from fifth.
Ilwaco's Leticia Cervantes won a seventh place medal at the 1A meet in the javelin with a toss of 110-feet-1 and Kenzi Wirkkala just missed making the podium by seven inches with a throw of 108-feet-10. Wirkkala finished eighth to medal in the shot put with a throw of 34-feet-9.
Josh Berteaux for the Fishermen placed sixth in the 1A pole vault by clearing 12-feet-6 and Ben Ahlin had a personal best of 11-feet-6 by a whopping nine inches and tied for 11th place at state.
Naselle's Nathan Reitz finished twelfth in the 1,600 race at the 2B level in 4:47.36 and Baker was tenth in the high jump, clearing 5-feet-6. Katie Green for the Comets was eleventh in the 3,200 race in 12:53.37. Cramer Smith came in 14th in the 3,200 in 11:05.01.
Owen Sutherland for Ilwaco claimed sixteenth in the 1,600 at the 1A meet at the Eastern Washington University venue in 4:48.03. The Fishermen 4x100 relay team of Brandon Malmstadt, Josh Berteaux, Justice and Josh Schenk finished twelfth with a time of 45.13. Josh Schenk was fourteenth in the long jump, going 19-feet-11.5 inches.
Josh Schenk's jump was his career best, but 13 other 1A athletes were over 20 feet at state. The Fishermen 4x100 relay squad's time was also their best of the season and Justice Schenk was cleared to run the day before after battling an injury the last two weeks.
"It felt great to finally be on the podium my senior year. Getting a track medal was something I have wanted to accomplish throughout high school," Wirkkala said. "I was so close in the javelin that it got me fired up to do well in the shot put. My best throw was my first one in prelims. I'm on cloud nine."
Cervantes said, "I am really excited. It was windy when we were throwing and I think I could have done better, but I can't complain because I made it to the podium. Next year I want to throw at least 126 (feet), but getting a medal this year is special."
Berteaux said, "It was cool to get a medal. I'm not into personal medals and I'm more of a team guy, but the weather was good and I'm happy I placed. I was bumbed because I think I could have gone higher in the pole vault. I'm proud of Ben for him getting his personal best. Next year we want to do better."
Baker related, "This is my first medal ever in anything and I'm really proud of the achievement. Next year I won't be as nervous and I hope I'll do better. I was very disappointed in my high jump performance. I cleared the bar without touching it, but it was very windy and the judges didn't see the bar blow off. The high jump is my main event and I think I deserved to place in that event, but there is always next year."
Cervantes, Berteaux, Malmstadt, Eli and Justice Schenk, and Ahlin from Ilwaco and Baker and Smith are all juniors and are hopeful of placing even higher at the state track meets in 2012 and Green is a Comets freshman.