May 25, 1997 in Sports

Area Athletes Get Multiple Wins

By The Spokesman-Review
 

REPLAY: Sports, May 28, 1997 Lakeside’s Matt Colyar cleared 12 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault at the District 7-A track meet at Central Valley High School. Freeman’s Andy Schmidt (12-0) finished second. Both athletes qualified for the state meet. The pole vault results were omitted from Sunday’s edition.

A/B track and field

It seems very few athletes do a few things well in the Northeast A.

A lot of athletes do a lot of things well.

At the District 7 A track meet at Central Valley on Saturday, Laura Widman and Anthony Haynes of Colfax won three events and seven others won two events.

Just for good measure, Widman and Haynes also ran on winning relay teams during the state-qualifying meet held in conjunction with the Eastern AAA regional. The top two in each event advance to the state meet at Eastern Washington University next weekend.

Widman, who won the triple and high jumps on Friday, added the shot put (36 feet, 10 inches) on Saturday before anchoring the Bulldogs’ 800-meter relay team.

Haynes, a long jumper on Friday, won the 100 and 200 Saturday before finishing on the 1,600 relay team.

It wasn’t quite enough in either team race as the Bulldogs finished fourth. The Lakeside boys rolled up 160 points to 144 for Chewelah. On the girls side, Newport beat Chewelah 142-114.

Girls

The wins came in bunches.

Chewelah senior Deanne Perkins won both hurdles and classmate Hayden Kristianson took the 400 and 800 meters.

In the sprints, Colfax freshman Michelle Appel won twice. In the distances, Deer Park senior Jaime Stone swept.

Michelle Carrara added the javelin title to the discus she won Friday.

Perkins had an impressive showing, setting meet records in both hurdles, 15.45 seconds in the 100 and 46.48 in the 300.

“I’m happy,” she said before joining Kristianson on the winning 1,600 relay team. “At the beginning of the season it was pretty hard, I had to push myself. Toward the end of the season I started going for time. Hopefully at state, when there’s more competition, I can get more records and go after Megan Franza.”

Kristianson, who won the state 400 as a sophomore and the 800 as a junior, wants more competition.

She won the 400 by a second in 59.17 and the 800 by 9 seconds in 2:23.49. Both were well off her best and left her disappointed.

“I ran a 66 (second) first lap. I need to learn, but it’s hard to dig down deep for the second lap. I’ll need that next week,” she said. “I’ve run a 2:17, but that was a 2:23.”

She wasn’t worried about advancing but was looking ahead. She had thought about skipping the 400 to concentrate on going for the state record in the 800, which is 2:13.

“(The 800) is more gutsy,” she said of her preference. “It takes longer, so whoever can endure the most pain usually wins.”

Appel took her easy wins in the 100 (12.86) and 200 (26.67) in stride.

“It hasn’t really clicked that I’m the fastest,” she said. “It doesn’t surprise me because I don’t realize I’m the fastest. I take it one race at a time. At the beginning of the year my goal wasn’t to make state, it was just running my best.”

Carrara, who won the discus on Friday with a meet-record 127 feet, 5 inches, won the javelin at 125-1.

Stone won the 3,200 by 39 seconds on Friday in 11:48.59. She won the 1,600 by 10 seconds, in 5:26.52.

Boys

The boys spread the gold around a little better.

Besides Haynes, classmate Brian Kehne was the only other double winner. He came back from Friday’s 1,600 win to claim the 800 in 1:58.95. He also ran with Haynes on the 1,600 relay, which won in 3:31.9.

Haynes won the 100 in 11.2 and the 200 in 22.67.

“I wanted a safe start,” he said. “I was pretty dominant in the field and I just wanted to get to state with decent times. My best is probably the long jump. My favorite is the relay, it’s not just for you.”

District 9-B

Garfield-Palouse senior Joe Hall and Pomeroy sophomore Kelan McKiernan became triple winners as the District 9 meet concluded at Washington State University.

Hall added the discus (162-11) to the javelin and long jump she won Friday. McKiernan, who won the 1,600 the first day, took the 400 (52.2) and 3,200 (10:37.5).

Gar-Pal easily won the team title with 112 points. DeSales edged Tekoa-Oakesdale 64-62 for second.

Freshman Bree Schmick won the 100 hurdles (17.3) and the 400 (1:03.7) and Christa Graffis added the high jump (5-2) to the long jump she won a day earlier to lead T-O to the girls’ title. T-O scored 107 points to 88 for Waitsburg.

Kelly McCaw won the triple jump (35-2-1/2), 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.6) for Waitsburg and Beth Abby took the distances.

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