Widman Has Her Day In The Sun(Set)

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1997

FROM SPORTS REPLAY (Wednesday, May 28, 1997): St. George’s tied Reardan for its first boys Northeast B high school district track championship last Friday with 106 points. The story and results summary incorrectly said the Dragons finished third.

The sun dropped below the clouds just before it set, putting a spotlight on Laura Widman.

“It’s perfect right now, a great sunset,” she said Friday evening.

Actually, Widman could have lit up the Central Valley facility all by herself.

The exuberant Colfax junior won two of the four finals on the first day of the Northeast A District 7 track meet.

There were four finals for both boys and girls, with the top two in each event qualifying for the state meet next weekend at Eastern Washington University.

Friday’s meet, held in conjunction with the AAA Regional and billed as the AAA/A Track Classic, continues today with field events starting at 10 a.m. and running events at 11.

After winning the triple jump by three-quarters of an inch at 34-feet, 7 inches, Widman had the high jump to herself, clearing 5-3.

“I’m very happy with the high jump,” she said. “High jump hasn’t been going very well.

Today she has the shot put and 1,600 relay, making it two light days instead of one action-packed day.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been at a track meet and done less than four events. It’s just not an option. I love the high jump. I’ve always loved the high jump. This year, for some reason, the shot put has been the most fun.”

The talent of the AAA athletes and the crowd they drew provided energy the NEA athletes noticed.

“It’s kind of exciting having the AAA here,” said Newport senior Michelle Carrara after winning the discus. “You get to see some good athletes. There were other events going on so it was more loud, more exciting. It’s more like state.”

Carrara’s throw was a personal best 127-5, almost 2 feet better than the winning AAA throw.

“I was more focused,” Carrara said. “During the middle of the season I didn’t concentrate, I just went out and did it. This week I was more focused.”

The other winner on the girls side was Deer Park senior Jaime Stone, who cruised in the 3,200-meters. Her time of 11 minutes, 48.59 seconds, was 39 seconds ahead of Newport freshman Sara Bell.

For the boys, Lakeside juniors David Guyette and Guy Phillips and Colfax seniors Anthony Haynes and Brian Kehne were winners.

Guyette won the javelin at 160 feet and Phillips the shot put at 50 feet. Haynes went 21-5 to take the long jump by a foot and Kehne had a 4-second win in the 1,600 at 4:25.09.

“I was hoping for a record,” Kehne said. “The record is 4:23, that was pretty close. Not bad for the conditions.”

It was cool with a breeze on the backstretch, but it didn’t slow Kehne, who remained undefeated against A runners.

Still, Kehne matched his best.

“I liked (the crowd),” he said. “Last year on Friday there was hardly anyone here. The atmosphere was more exciting. That might have pumped me up.”

Kehne comes back today in the 800 and 1,600 relay.

“I like (the 800) better,” he said. “It’s easier to come back from the 800 to run the 4x4 than the 3,200 to the 4x4. I really like to run the 4x4.”

District 7-B

Hurdler Travis Titchenal led Reardan’s boys to an easy win, and Republic’s girls used their depth to edge Ritzville 95-94 at Colville.

Titchenal won the 110 hurdles in 15.8 and the 300 hurdles in 40.0. Also helping Reardan score 106 points were wins by the 1,600 relay (3:39.2) and Tony Adams in the shot put (45-6).

Wilbur-Creston’s Joel Waters won the 100 (11.3), 200 (23.0) and long jump (21-5). Ritzville’s Jason Warriner was second in both sprints and the pole vault. Davenport’s Dale Buchanan won the triple jump (41-4), was second in the high jump and third in the long jump.

Travis Greenwalt won the discus (140-7) and was second in the shot put to help runner-up Liberty to 79 points. Third-place St. George’s scored 75, topped by Zach Blume’s win in the 3,200 (10:25.1) and runner-up spot in the 1,600.

Melissa Friend won the discus (115-9) and was second in the shot put, and Amber Tietsort won the 1,600 (5:51.6) to lead Republic’s championship. The Tigers’ Jenny Pritt added second-place finishes in the 400 and 300 hurdles.

Katie Phipps won the 100 (12.7) and 200 (25.9) for Ritzville, which also took the 400 (52.8) and 800 (1:52.2) relays.

Selkirk’s Molly Carlson won the shot put (39-9) and was second in the discus and javelin. Springdale’s N’Deeo won the 300 hurdles (50.5) and was third in the 100 and 100 hurdles. Valley Christian’s Carmen Evans won the 100 hurdles (15.9) and was second in the 100.

W-C’s Sarah Harris won the 3,200 (12:49.0) and was third in the 1,600. Sprague-Harrington’s Mandy Walters won the 400 (1:02.8) and was third in the long jump.

District 9-B

Tekoa-Oakesdale’s girls dominated field events during the opening day at Washington State University.

Christa Graffis won the long jump (15-10), Heather Cox the javelin (108-10) and Erin Wise the shot put (34-0) for the Nighthawks. Wise was second in the javelin and Cox second in the shot put.

Joe Hall of Garfield-Palouse won the boys long jump (21-1) and javelin (161-9).

, DataTimes

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