Vikings take Naselle Invite

<I>AUDREY WIRKKALA photo</I><BR>Naselle's Erin Saari finished fourth in the girls high jump at a height of 4'-8".

Lady Comets finish solid fourth out of sevenNASELLE - Seven teams, with three of them Central League teams and a fourth from the Olympia area - teams which seldom compete at Naselle track meets - took part in the Naselle Invitational held on Naselle's Rueben Penttila Field Thursday, May 5. But one thing didn't change - the same old Willapa Valley Vikings proved to be the strongest team on the track in winning both the boys and girls meets.

The Vikings easily won the girls meet by 54 points over runner-up Northwest Christian of Lacey. The boys meet was much closer with the Vikings edging out Northwest Christian by eight points with two other teams within 35 points of the top team.

The host Comets finished a strong fourth in the girls meet with 79 points. The small Naselle boys team got all of their 30 points from four athletes to finish seventh in the boys part of the meet

The Naselle girls did not win any events while scoring points in 14 of the meet's 18 events. By way of contrast the large, balanced Willapa Valley team scored points in all but one event including five firsts. Second place NW Christian had points in 15 events with only two firsts. Third place Morton placed in nine events, but that included a meet high six first place finishes.

Toutle Lake, which finished fifth overall, featured a girls runner, Chelsea Schilter, who set new stadium records in the 3,200 (11.35) and the 1,600 (5:30). In the 3,200, Schilter ran practically by her self as she finished over two minutes in front of the second place runner.

The Naselle girls were led by the second place finishes of Erin Saari in the pole vault at 8'0", Kelli Revis in a tie for second in the high jump at 4'9" when the first three jumpers all cleared the same height,and the 4x400 relay (4:41.7), less than two seconds behind the winning NWC team. The very close high jump proved to be the Comets strongest event when Saari finished fourth and Sylvia Herrold fifth, both at 4'8".

Third place finishers for the Comets girls included: Jenny Klinger in the 3,200 (14:25), and Kelsey Fletcher in the 800 (2:50). Fourth place Naselle finishers: Narci Carlson, 100 hurdles (19.8), Herrold, 100 (13.6), Fletcher, 1,600 (6:25), 4x100 relay (58.2), Saari, 300 hurdles (55.1), Herrold, 200 (24.0), and 4x200 relay (2:11.9). Fifth place finishers were: Cheryl Steppe, shot put (25'8 3/4") and Steppe, discus (77'11"). Naselle had no sixth place finishers.

Girls team results

1. Willapa Valley 166.5

2. NW Christian 112.5

3. Morton 88.0

4. NASELLE 79.0

5. Toutle Lake 50.0

6. Wishkah Valley 36.0

7. Adna 2.0

All of the Naselle boys points were scored by four athletes, all in field events. Tony Mendoza led the Comets with two seconds, in the shot put (41'11 1/2") and the discus (119'11") and a fourth in the javelin (121'10"). Carl Fredrickson was third in the pole vault (8'6") and fifth in the high jump (5'4"). Jeremy Ray placed fourth in the pole vault (7'). (The winning pole vault of twelve feet by Morton's Thompson was one of the best vaults in the area this year.)

Boys team results

1. Willapa Valley 116.0

2. NW Christian 108.0

3. Toutle Lake 98.0

4. Morton 81.0

5. Adna 44.0

6. Wishkah Valley 40.0

7. NASELLE 30.0

The Comets track team travels to Kalama this Thursday, May 12, for a meet. There will be a Freshman Track Invitational meet n Centralia, Saturday, May 14.

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