University Track Team Fulfills Its Own Wish At State Meet
University High School’s girls track team did what it had hoped to do, finishing second in the State AAA girls track meet during Star Track XIII.
“You go over with high expectations and sometimes they don’t come to pass,” said Titan coach Steve Llewellyn. “Sure enough, this time they did.”
The Titans 400 and 800 relay teams of Katharine Hough, Adrienne Wilson, Lora Auch and Heather Silvey finished first and second, Hough placed fourth in the sprints and Wilson was fourth in the horizontal jumps to give them 38 points, one point better than third-place Mead.
“If Mead wins the mile relay they’d have been second ahead of us,” said Llewellyn. “Wenatchee helped us out.”
The Big Nine Panthers reversed a regional loss to the Greater Spokane League Panthers to give U-Hi its win.
Another factor was the Titans’ .1 second win over Mead in the 400 relay.
“We’ve never before had a relay team win,” said Llewellyn. “We’ve had all kinds of places, but never had won one.”
Winning a third-place trophy in 1991, University had placed in the top 10 several times, but never this high before.
Only the top four teams trophy in state track.
Central Valley’s girls scored 14 points with sophomore Whitney Schmaljohn finishing third at 57.76 in the 400 and sixth at 26.1 in the 200.
Junior Sandra White was fourth in the 1,600 at 5:09.9.
Central Valley’s boys suffered disappointment when their apparant thirdplace finishing 1,600 relay team was disqualified.
But 300 hurdler Mark Hann was fifth at 39.93pole vaulter Joel Gehrett finished sixth at 13-6, and Ryan Strickland finished eighth in the 400 at 50.9.
In the AA meet, West Valley javelin thrower Mike Schroder reached 188-5 and sprinter Corey Gammon ran 11.07 for third places while high jumper Brian Lindley was fourth at 6-4.
EV junior jumpers Star Olson and Pat Ferguson respectively placed fourth in the triple jump at 35-9 and fifth in the long jump at 21-2 3/4. Knight hurdler Christal Nicholson was fifth in 47.12.
Harken wins B high jump
Valley Christian high jumper Travis Harken for the boys and the Panther girls 400 relay team won championships during last weekend’s State B track meets.
Harken cleared 6-7 for the title, winning by an inch. The relay team of Teresa Dixon, Michelle Knigge, Khiree Harken and Carmen Evans raced to a 51.64 triumph.
Valley Christian’s girls finished 10th overall during the meet with Danielle Swift placing second in the discus at 108-2 and fourth in the javelin. Evans took sixth in the 300 hurdles at 49.94.
The boys Phil Spuler was eighth in the 1,600 amd Matt Wright was eighth in the long jump.
Ashmoore sixth in pole vault
During State A track meet in Yakima last weekend, Freeman’s Jeremy Ashmoore finished sixth in the pole vault at 13-6.
University High School pitcher Andy Furlott was misnamed in last Saturday’s article on the 20-2 hurler and Titan baseball team.
Junior Tennis League returns
Entering its second season in Spokane, the National Junior Tennis League is seeking to expand.
“Numbers-wise we had 80 kids,” said league spokewoman Ellen Nessen.
“We’re aiming for 125.”
Kickoff party for the program is June 15 at 7 p.m. at Mission Park.
“We will take registrations at that time,” said Nessen.
“Registration forms are in area schools.”
Participants can also register through the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, 4th Floor City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane 99201-3317.
For information call the Parks Dept. at 625-6200.
The league will be at Mission Park Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 20 through July 20. At a cost of $26, youngsters ages 8-12 will play from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For $39, youngsters ages 13-17 will play from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Included in the cost will be a T-shirt and use of a racquet for those who don’t have one.
“Each day will utilize a different approach to improve student’s game while having fun,” said Nessen.
Tuesdays will focus on basic skills, Wednesdays will offer strategy instruction in competitive situations. Thursdays will complete the week with inter-team match play pitting players of like ability against each other.
Golfers experience success
Valley golfers experienced their share of success during respective state tournaments.
At the AA event in Puyallup, East Valley’s Brenda Hall finished third with a 168 score.
West Valley’s golf team finished fourth overall with Jason Whitney and Shaun Murray sharing seventh place with scores of 157.
In the AAA event in Spokane, University’s Matt Johnson was ninth at 155 and Central Valley’s Luke Stavros placed 23rd at 160.