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Ferris Athlete Wins Wheelchair Contest

Tyler Byers of Ferris got the Greater Spokane League off to a good start Saturday morning at Star Track XV.

The Ferris student won the wheelchair 1,600 meters.

“It’s just a lot of fun competing and fun to be out here with my friends,” Byers said. “This track is really nice, really fast.”

His time of 4 minutes, 25.7 seconds was a personal record by 7 seconds.

Ferris coaches Jim Missel and Jim Fischer had wheelchair events at league meets at their school. “I work out with our track team,” Byers said. “(The WIAA) invited us here. They want as many of us to come as can.”

Byers won the 100 and the 800.

Quick study

Mariela Guante has been in the United States for only six years. She’s been a shot putter for only three months.

The junior from Burlington won the State AA shot put title with a throw of 40 feet, 9-1/2 inches.

She came to America when she was adopted by a Peace Corps volunteer who was in her native Dominican Republic.

She didn’t even take up the shot until March 4.

Mystery runner

Tyrone Asterino of Ferris made the 110 high hurdle finals after originally being listed as fifth in his Friday heat.

In the photo of the finish, a triple jumper who was making an approach next to the track got into the picture. The jumper was the fourth body in the photo, bumping Asterino to fifth and out of Saturday’s final.

Asterino was clearly fourth. The confusion was cleared up and the junior finish fifth in the finals.


Dustin Crowe of Selah was given a sportsmanship award after he told officials, who were crediting him with a fifth-place finish, that he was actually eighth in the AA 110 high hurdles.

Ellensburg’s superstar sprinter Ja’Warren Hooker also got a sportsmanship award. During the wheelchair 800, one competitor in a rickety chair was lapped twice in the two-lap event. As he rounded the last turn, Hooker joined him on the track, boosting him up, then ended up pushing him the last 450 meters.

So what?

West Valley senior shot putter Ryan Stockton had medaled with a personal-best distance in his first state meet, but he didn’t get what he was after.

“To tell the truth, my main goal was to knock Steve Kent out of 10th place on the all-time list,” he said.

Kent is WV’s football and softball coach who put the shot 52 feet during his days as an Eagle undergrad. Stockton started for Kent as a two-way lineman for four years.

“We had a ‘Big Gulp’ riding on it,” said Stockton, “but it didn’t happen.”

Kent’s place in history, following Stockton’s 51-6-1/2 effort, is secure for now.

Star struck

Steve Scott, who has run the most 4-minute miles in history, and Jim Spivey, another top miler, gave out awards for the distance events Friday.

They are in the area for mile race through downtown Seattle today.

“Cool, a kick in the pants,” said Isaac Hawkins of Ferris, who won the 1,600 on Friday. “You couldn’t ask for anything more. That was awesome.”

Exchange zone

Rogers activities coordinator Jan Truant was named WIAA track official of the year during Star Track XV. … Truant, who has been at Rogers for 10 years, is a longtime committee member at the meet, this year serving as head of the meet referees. … The University of Washington has already cleaned up at this meet. At least three speedy standouts, Ellensburg sprinter Ja’Warren Hooker, Curtis’ Terry Tharps, the AAA 100 champion, and Omare Lowe, the hurdles champion from Tahoma, are all committed to the Husky football team. UW has Franklin Pierce’s two-time javelin champion Justin St. Clair for track only.

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