CHENEY - Seven Naselle High School track athletes competed in the Washington State Class B track meet held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney from Thursday through Saturday, May 29 to 31. The Naselle athletes returned home without scoring any points in their five events.
Abbie Smith was the first Naselle athlete to compete in a final as she was one of 16 runners toeing the starting line in the 1600 finals late Thursday afternoon. She finished tenth in 5:41.48, only 0.6 of a second behind the eighth place medal winner. Smith had a qualifying time which placed her about in the middle of the group of qualifying runners coming into the race. Smith's time at state bettered her district race qualifying time by 11.62 seconds.
Smith did not qualify for the finals in her 800 heat run on Friday as she ran a time of 2:33.09 to finish sixth in her heat. She would have had to finish fourth in order to move on to the finals. Smith's race at state bettered her district qualifying time by 4.08 seconds.
The Comettes girls 4x400 relay team of Smith, Katherine Herrold, Jaimie Hines, and Katie Klinger did not receive a time as they ran in the preliminary heats on Friday. They did not qualify for Saturday's finals. Jamie Ahlstrom was the non-running alternate for this race.
Naselle's lone male entry, Nate Moore, finished tenth in the boys 800 in 2:06.64 in Friday's preliminary races. He would have needed a time about two seconds faster in order to qualify as one of Saturday's eight finalists. Moore's time bettered his district qualifying time by 1.29 seconds.
Kelli Revis, Naselle's lone remaining state meet entry to take part on Saturday, finished tied for 15th with a high jump of 4' 6". Revis had cleared 4' 8" in her second place finish in district, qualifying her for state.
The girls portion of the meet was won by Mount Vernon Christianwith 93 points. The other top girls teams were: 2) Riverside Christian 70, 3) DeSales61,4) Crescent41, 5) Wilbur-Creston34, 6) St. George's33, 7) Thorp-Kittitas32, 8) Odessa28,9) Republic 25, 10) South Bend 23. Thirty-five girls teams scored in the meet.
The top three teams, and four of the top six teams, were from private schools. South Bend, in tenth place, was the top team from the Southwest District.
The boys title was won by Pomeroywith 77 points. Defending champion Willapa Valley finished a distant second with 46 points. The other top boys teams were: 3) Ritzville43,4) Valley Christian41, 5) Mount Vernon Christian 32, 6) Thorp-Kittitas29, 7) Wilbur-Creston 26, 7) Trout Lake26, 9) Odessa 24, 10) DeSales21. Thirty-eight boys teams scored points in the meet.
The private school influence was not quite as pronounced in the boys part of the B meet as in the girls meet as three of the top ten teams were from private schools. Thorp-Kittitas, in both the girls and boys meet, and Trout Lake, in the boys meet, finished among the team point leaders for the first time in recent memory.
Of the Naselle state participants, only one, Abbie Smith, will be lost to graduation. Other Naselle seniors who have competed in their last NHS track meet include Tom Gradt, Dawn Herman, Tak Sato, and Brandon Wirkkala.