Track preview 2A-1B
Boys: Andrew Buynak, Deer Park (shot put, 4th); Aaron Obert, DP (discus, 6th).
Girls: Alyssa Harmon, East Valley (800, 3rd); Brittany Aquino, EV (1,600, 5th); Elisha Allred, EV (discus, 3rd); Angel Nkwonta, Pullman (shot, 2nd; 100, 6th); Pam Henderson, Pullman (400, 8th).
It’s always a tug of war in the GNL and this year won’t be any different. East Valley’s girls, defending district champs, are given the nod and West Valley’s boys, runners-up at district to Deer Park last spring, are tabbed the favorites. Pullman standout Lauren McCluskey, injured a week before district last year, has moved to Ohio.
Boys: Tellas Johnson, Medical Lake (100, 2nd); Micah Dingfield, Medical Lake (3,200, 6th); Jordan Yaws, Riverside (400, 3rd); Logan Owens, Riverside (800, 2nd); Tristan Downing, Riverside (300 hurdles, 4th); Max Axtell, Freeman (tj, 4th); Micah Humann, Lakeside (shot, 8th); Ryan Coffman, Lakeside (3,200, 7th).
Girls: Amarah Nicholson, Medical Lake (100, 2nd; 200, 2nd); Lindy Jacobson, Lakeside (1,600, 6th; 3,200, 2nd); Katie Collins, Lakeside (300h, 3rd); Kaitlin Krouse, Chewelah (discus, 3rd); Farrahn O’Hara, Lakeside (pole vault, 3rd); Sam Blake (pv, 4th); Mikayla Shuler, Riverside (800, 7th).
The Riverside girls and the Freeman boys are tabbed as favorites. Freeman’s girls should challenge, too, as will the Medical Lake boys.
Boys: Ryan Whitmore, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (110 hurdles, 3rd; 300h, 6th); Darcy Stamper, St. John-Endicott (hj, state champ); Sam Daily, Colfax (pv, 5th).
Girls: Maggie Nelson, Liberty (lj, 3rd); Gretchen VanLith, St. John-Endicott (lj, 4th); Olivia Pakootas, Garfield-Palouse/Tekoa- Oakesdale (hj, 2nd; tj, 4th); Nicole Sheer, Colfax (shot, 5th); Scout Cai, Colfax (pv, 2nd; hj, 6th); Bailey Mackleit, Colfax (100h, 7th); Olivia Mellor, Colfax (tj, 6th).
Boys: Sam Schafer, Odessa-Harrington (100, 3rd; 200, 2nd); Grant Marchant, Valley Christian (800, state champ; 1,600, state champ; 3,200, state champ).
Girls: Jordyn Tanke, O-H (100, 3rd; 200, 4th); Julia Vorobyev, VC (800, 6th; 1,600, 5th; 3,200, 6th); Georgia Shafer, Selkirk (100h, 3rd; 300h, state champ; tj, 3rd); Carley Williams, O-H (lj, 7th); Lanessa Simon, O-H (tj, 4th).