B track and field
Hey, Matt Humann, you just won the 3,200-meter run to cap a rare distance triple at the State B track and field championships. What are you going to do now?
“I’m going to Portland.”
Huh? No Disneyland?
“I’m going on my senior trip right now,” the West Side Christian distance ace explained late Saturday afternoon, just moments after adding the 3,200 title to the 1,600 and 800 crowns he won earlier in the two-day meet at Eastern Washington University’s rain-drenched Woodward Stadium.
Humann, who won the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 44.47 seconds, was chased home by teammate Maurice Saulsby, who ran 9:48.23. And the two were preparing to make tracks for the airport as soon as the awards presentations were completed.
“The rest of the class left Wednesday,” said Humann, who won the 1,600 (4:23.8) on Friday and the 800 (1:56.05) earlier Saturday afternoon. “But me and Maurice had to come to this. We gotta get to the airport and go to Portland. That’s what I’ve been thinking about this whole time, too.”
If either Humann or Saulsby were preoccupied with thoughts of rejoining their classmates, it certainly didn’t show. Despite nearly unbearable conditions that produced driving rain, high winds, hail and an hour-long delay in the proceedings, the two combined to score 46 points and give the Crusaders a second-place finish in the team standings.
Crescent, behind the efforts of sprinters Jakoba Square and Otto Mock and hurdler Rick Halberg, won the team title with 61 points. Seattle Lutheran (40) was third, followed by Reardan with 38.
Crescent also won the girls team title with 57 points, followed by relay-rich Thorp-Kittitas (51), Willapa Valley (50) and Ritzville and Naselle, which tied for fourth with 45.
Humann, despite his dominance in the distance races, admitted he had his doubts about winning all three.
“My times said I could, but I wasn’t sure in my head,” he said. “Before each race, I wasn’t saying, ‘O.K., I have this in the bag, I’m not going to run hard.’ I had to go out and make sure it happened.”
Humann said he felt good heading into the 3,200.
“Considering I only ran (the 800) an hour ago, I felt really good,” he explained following his third win. “Actually, after my 800 I wasn’t even really tired, so that was a good sign. And I had a lot of energy at the end of this one, too.”
Crescent got a win from Square in the 100 meters (11.17), a 2-3 finish from Square and Mock in the 200 and a second and third from Halberg in the 110 highs and 300 intermediates to claim the team title.
Waterville’s David Stoddard, after finishing a disappointing fourth to Square in the 100, won the 200 in 22.75 and beat Halberg in the high hurdles with a time of 14.78. The senior sprinter also won the 300 intermediate hurdles in a meet-record 37.54, besting the old mark of 38.40 set by Republic’s Morgan Chase in last year’s preliminaries.
In the pole vault, Willapa Valley’s Jeromy Hudson cleared 15 feet to break his own meet record of 14-6 set last year.
Senior sprinter Stephanie Kubalek led Crescent to its team title by winning the 100 and 400 meters and finishing second to Ritzville’s Katie Phipps (26.25) in the 200. Her time of 57.83 in the 400 broke the hand-timed meet record of 57.8 set by Toutle Lake’s Katrina Berry in 1984.
Kubalek’s individual effort was enough to let Crescent hold on to the team trophy, despite Thorp-Kittitas’ sweep of the three relay events.
Other individual winners included Moses Lake Christian’s Danni O’Bannan in the high jump (5-2), LaConner’s Amber Higgens in the 1,600 (5:25.03), Everett Lutheran’s Rebecca Laabs in the 800 (2:24.26), Valley Christian’s Carmen Evans in the 100 high hurdles and Willapa Valley’s Sunny Porter in the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.49).
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