CATHLAMET - The short-handed Naselle girls' track team came within five points of winning a four-team track meet in Cathlamet Thursday, April 20. The Comets scored 89 points to finish second behind the Mules 93 points. While one can never predict such things with 100 percent accuracy, the Comets would likely have scored up to 20 more points if their two injured performers, Sylvia Herrold and Erin Saari, would have been able to participate and record their normal results. Toutle Lake scored 67 points and Winlock 43 points to trail the leading teams.
As it was, the Naselle girls only recorded three first place finishes. Jenny Klinger won the 3,200 in 15:08, Mayu Takami won the high hurdles in 18.63, and the 4x400-relay team of Narci Carlson, Takami, Kelsey Fletcher and Haley Landis won that event in 4:46.45. Landis was just back from an injury.
Noticeably missing were pole vault points, where no one was entered, and Saari would have recorded a first if she had been able to compete. Also missing were Saari's potential points from the high jump and the hurdle races and Sylvia Herrold's high jump and sprint points as well as both runners in the relays. Those events produced some points for the Comets but not nearly what they could have produced with the presence of those two individuals.
However, as the saying goes, "You have to play the hand you're dealt," and the Comets who were present turned in some fine performances in finishing second through fifth place in the other events. In the second event of the day, the 100 hurdles, Sandra Rodriguez stepped up to finish second in 20.37 to combine with Takami to score 14 team points in that event.
Other second place finishers for the Comets were: Takami at 14'4" in the long jump and 30'1/2" in the triple jump; Kelsey Fletcher at 6:22.93 in the 1,600 and 2:52.33 in the 800; the 4x100 relay team of Elsa Butchart, Katherine Herrold, Landis, and Rodriguez in 58.59; Carlson in 1:11.28 in the 400; and the 4x200 relay team of Butchart, Katherine Herrold, Rodriguez, and Lisa Fletcher in 2:22.66.
Third place Naselle finishers included: Katherine Herrold at 4'2" in the high jump; Kelsey Fletcher in 1:25.50 in the 400; and Butchart in 2:58.93 in the 800.
The only Comet to finish fourth was Klinger at 7:16.34 in the 1,600. Fifth place Naselle finishers were: Landis at 55'3" in the javelin, Katherine Herrold at 27'4" in the triple jump, and Carlson in 32.43 in the 200.
Boys team takes thirdThe Naselle boys' track team finished a strong third with 84 points, following Cathlamet with 122 points and Toutle Lake with 109 in the boys half of the meet. Winlock scored 20 points to finish fourth.
The Comets scored their points with only one first place finish. That first was recorded by Ricky Johnson at 5'8" in the high jump.
Naselle captured five seconds with Beau Keightley recorded a personal record (PR) toss of 132'3" in the javelin. Preston Torppa nailed down three individual seconds, 95'11" in the discus, 36'10.5" in the shot, and 10'6" in the pole vault, a height which matched the winning vault.
The 4x400-relay team of Johnson, Gabe See, Mike Shirley, and Conor Smith completed the Naselle second place finishers in a time of 4:21.16.
Naselle took seven third place spots, including: Joseph Fletcher at 34'4.5" in the triple jump and at 17'5.5" in the long jump; the 4x100-relay team in a time of 50.60; See at 1:00.68 in the 400; Tyler Nortrup at 8'6" in the pole vault; Smith at 2:27.07 in the 800; and Dustin Parker at 12:30.18 in the 3,200.
The six Comets finishing fourth were: Jeremy Ray at 12.32 in the 100 and at 122'0" in the javelin, Parker at 5:47.13 in the 1,600, Smith at 33'6.5" in the triple jump, Shirley at 34'7.5" in the shot, See at 8'6" in the pole vault, and Johnson at 26.11 in the 200.
The three Comets completing Naselle's scoring with fifth place finishes were: Shirley at 100'8" in the javelin, Fletcher in 27.03 in the 200, and Stephan Griss in 14:15.12 in the 3,200.