The final weekend of the 2013-14 high school sports season sends a host of Spokane Valley athletes to state tournaments.
Central Valley swept all three relay events at last weekend’s Class 4A regional track and field tournament and the Lady Bears are favorites to reach the finals and challenge for medals today at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Mariah Cunningham anchors the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and will battle for medals in both the high jump, where she cleared 5-feet, 4½ inches to claim the regional title, and the long jump, where she out-jumped the field by more than 18 inches, turning in an 18-5¼.
Freshman Kelsey Turnbow qualified in the 100, clocking 12.77 in the final, and will run a leg of both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Madison Hovren qualified in the 100 hurdles, running 16.36 to reach the finals and 16.42 in the final.
Sophomore Brielle Crump was the regional champ in the 300 hurdles, turning in a 47.24 and 47.15. She will also run a leg of the 4x400 relay.
Freshman Gabrielle Ford of CV was regional champ in the 800, turning in a 2:26.26 in the prelims and 2:21.29 in the finals.
For the CV boys, Briton Demars won the 1600 at regionals, running 4:21.41.
Jakobe Ford, a freshman from CV, cleared 6-7 to win the regional high jump title.
Patrick Miranne of University won the 3A Regional 800 title with a time of 1:56.53, and the Titans took both state berths in the pole vault. Seniors Daniel Martin and Forrest Rogers both cleared 14 feet.
East Valley sends a strong group to the Class 2A meet.
Elisha Allred has the best qualifying throw in the state discus field, throwing almost 3 feet farther than her nearest challenger at 121-9. She also qualified for the state field in the javelin.
Senior Alex Rankin will run a leg of the Knights’ 4x200 relay entry and compete in the high jump.
Sophomore Brittany Aquino, the top miler in the district, should be in the hunt for a state 1600 medal after turning in a personal best time of 5:12.23, and her 11:21.67, also a personal best, is the fastest qualifying time in the field for the 3200. She will also run in the 4x400 relay.
Sophomore Zoe Novakovich reached the state 300 hurdles field in 16.34.
In the boys meet, Scott Kopczynski has the fastest qualifying time in the field for the 1600 after turning in a personal best time 4:15.81 at last week’s district meet. He also ran a 9:29.05 to reach the state field in the 3200, where he has a personal best time of 9:21.32, which he ran at the West Valley Invitational.
Cody Sherwood qualified for the 200 with a 23.36 but will need to run close to his personal best mark of 22.94 to reach the finals.
EV sends teams for both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
West Valley sends Rachel McGlothlen in shot put, where the sophomore qualified with a throw of 36-3¾.
Sophomore Ashley Meyer qualified for the state 800 by running a personal best time of 2:23.95 at the district meet.
The West Valley boys send two sophomore sprinters to the state meet to run the 100: Tevin Duke and Zechariah Herford. Both will likely need to run close to their personal best marks to reach the finals. Herford ran 10.92 against Colville and Cheney earlier this season; Duke turned in an 11.14 against Pullman.
Duke has the second-best qualifying mark in the long jump, leaping 20-2½, just three-and-a-half inches behind the top mark going into the meet.
Marcus Jackson runs in the 110 hurdles, where he qualified in 15.83 and has a personal best of 15.44, which he set as a sophomore, and the 300 hurdles, where he ran a personal best 40.54 in the district prelims.
Junior pole vaulter Brendon Algeier cleared a personal best 14-6 at the district meet to reach the state field. Teammate Josh Miller also qualified by clearing 13-0 but has a personal best a foot higher.
Two University golfers will compete in the Class 3A girls tournament: Katie Ochoa and Hanna Gropp qualified in last week’s two-day, 36-hole district tournament to earn the berth.
Nicholas Dixon shot back-to-back rounds of 78 and 79 to place fourth in the boys District 3A tournament to earn a state berth.
University’s outstanding tennis season comes to a conclusion this weekend as the Titans send two girls doubles teams. RiLe Skidmore and Katelyn Schmidt are seeded No. 2 and Sonya Bertrandt and Julia Adair are No. 3.
The Titan boys were shutout at the regional tournament by teams from the Mid-Columbia Conference, but the Titans won the district boys tournament for the first time in school history.
The District 3A singles champion, Kyle Smithgall, lost a hard-fought, 6-4, 6-3 battle with Ethan Ling of Southridge for the No. 3 seed. Josh Ramsey and Seth Olson fell in three sets to Sean and Will Thompson of Hanford for the No. 3 doubles berth, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.