Though Mead’s Greater Spokane League track title was just a formality, it was hard to tell from watching Kiersten Green.
The Panthers senior had a full day of four events as Mead dispatched second-place Mt. Spokane 87-63 in the key matchup of a quadrangular meet Thursday afternoon at Mt. Spokane.
“It was weird,” Green said. “I was really busy. I usually do two events, three if we need the points. I had a good day. I did fairly well in all my events. I liked it. I didn’t have to warm up more than once.”
Green’s specialty is the triple jump, which she won handily, bounding 34 feet, 7 inches, a foot shy of her league-leading mark. She was second, despite a personal record, in the long jump (16-5), behind league-leading teammate Jazmine Redmon (17-6½), who equaled her PR. Redmon (26.4) got Green again in the 200-meter run, but they worked together for the Panthers’ winning 400 relay team. Redmon also won the 100 (12.4 seconds).
Mead finished 10-0 for is first title since 2006 while Mt. Spokane dropped into a tie for second with Central Valley (8-2).
“The last time we were GSL champions I was a freshman,” Green said.
“I thought it would be good if I could go out as a champion.”
Senior high jumper Kira Winston said coach Dori Robertson didn’t put any pressure on the Panthers.
“Do your best, that’s all we ask,” Winston said after winning her specialty (5-2) and taking a rare turn on the winning 1,600 relay. “If we get it, wonderful. If not, know you did your best.”
The other multiple winner for the Panthers was Baylee Mires in the 800 (2:20.5) and 1,600 (5:18.6).
The Panthers boys also went 10-0 to defend their title, having no trouble with the Wildcats, East Valley and Lewis and Clark.
“Coach (John Mires) just said to get it done,” senior jumper Bryan DeFelice said. “We had most of the rough meets like North Central and Central Valley earlier. He said do what you do and it should turn out.”
The second championship is more satisfying for DeFelice, who won the triple jump (42-3) and is hoping to find a place to compete next year.
“I was focusing more on football,” he said. “This is my last sport in high school. I’ve been working real hard to improve and it shows with that 44-footer (last week). It’s definitely different this year. It’s my main sport now – there’s no football to look forward to. I want to go on, go to state and get some points there.”
Mead got two wins from freshman Wesley Bailey in the 100 (11.1) and 300 hurdles (40.6) and senior thrower Mike Banta (50-6½, 146-5).
EV’s Zach Ames took over the area lead in the javelin (195-4) and Mt. Spokane’s Rachel Damiano extended her school record in the discus (128-8).
•In other GSL meets: At North Central, the host Indians came up big in a three-way battle with Ferris and Central Valley for second place. The Indians won both meets handily, as well as one with Shadle Park. NC won both relays and got two wins from Spencer Wordell and Ben Johnston. Wordell won the 200 (22.6) and 300 hurdles (39.3) while Johnston swept the two long races (4:16, 9:38.2). CV’s girls won three times. Kendra Szoke was a double winner for the Bears in the horizontal jumps (16-6¼, 33-7). Kelsey Lin won the 100 (12.1) and 200 (26.0) for Ferris and hurdler Shaley Dezellem won twice for Shadle (16.0, 47.7). … At University, the host Titans boys and Gonzaga Prep girls went 2-0 in a triangular meet that included Rogers. Tate Kelly won a distance triple (1:59.2, 4:27.3, 9:51.1) for the G-Prep boys while Rogers sprinter Corde Bailey won twice (10.8, 22.7). Maddy Fuchs won three times for the U-Hi girls, taking the 800 (2:24.5), 100 hurdles (16.0) and the high jump (4-10). Sprinter Lindsay Megan won twice for G-Prep (12.9, 27.5).
•Great Northern League: A great finale is set. Pullman, West Valley and Cheney boys are all 5-0 and headed for a showdown at WV on Thursday. Cheney is the only undefeated girls team with a week left. … At Riverside, the Cheney boys and girls had an easy time in a double-dual with the Rams and Colville. The girls got two wins from sprinter Shelby Maurer (12.5, 26.5). Riverside had a pair of double winners, distance runner Amanda Wilson (league-leading 2:24.5, 5:39.9) and hurdler Elizabeth McKinney (15.8, league-leading 47.2). Colville thrower Sara Lentz (34-8½, league-leading 127-7) also doubled. Cheney’s Arick Zachman took over the league lead in the 800 (2:01.4) and teammate Dakota Condos upped his lead in the javelin (172-1). … At Clarkston, Pullman swept a dual with the host Bantams. Distance runner Micah Adams, hurdler Nick Cassleman (15.25, 40.54, both league bests), thrower Sam Bloomfield and jumper Collby Lee all won twice for boys. Clarkston got two wins from speedster Zach Meyers (10.88, 23.08). For Pullman’s girls, thrower Chelsea James won twice, as did Nina Al-Hassan in the 300 hurdles and javelin. … At Medical Lake, the West Valley boys and Deer Park girls both went 2-0. The big winner for girls was WV’s Bailey Wold. She took over the league lead in the javelin (119-6) and increased her league lead in the triple jump (36-1) and pole vault (10-6). Sprinter Allison Gladhart (27.1, 1:01.5) and distance runner Chanel Duenich (5:42.5, 11:58.0) won twice for DP. The WV boys got two wins from sprinter David Gilman (11.0, 23.2), distance runner Michael White (2:07.3, 4:44.4), thrower Cody Rollins (48-7, 137-4) and horizontal jumper Jordan Lupfer (19-0, 40-11).
GSL: Kaitlen Parsons had an eagle plus three 2s on her scorecard to close out the regular season with a dominating win in the wind at The Fairways. The University junior shot a 3-over-par 75 to beat Chessey Thomas of Lewis and Clark by six strokes. LC won the team event with a score of 421, 73 strokes lower than Gonzaga Prep. LC captured the GSL title with 55 points, followed by G-Prep at 49. Central Valley and Mt. Spokane tied for third at 42. Thomas, a junior, led the league in scoring at 73.25. Freshmen were next in scoring – Mt. Spokane’s Savana Bezdicek at 75.75 and LC’s Megan Haase at 76. Parsons was the only other player less than 80 at 76.5. … Senior Hank Frame made it a sweep for U-Hi, completing a dominating boys regular season with a 74 to beat Mead’s Aaron Anderson by one. The Panthers won the team event at 388, 20 lower than LC. Frame had the top average for the year at 68.6 strokes, three better than Garrett Howard of Ferris. LC ended up as the regular-season champions with 54 points, followed by Mead at 48 and U-Hi at 43.
•GNL: Colville’s boys and girls both won at Hangman Valley Golf Course. The boys scored 416 to beat Clarkston by 16 strokes. Clarkston had the medalist in Tyler Carlson, whose 5-over-par 77 edged Colville’s Casey Cox by two. Colville’s girls had a 529 to edge Pullman by three strokes. Pullman had the top two individuals – Jennifer Sorensen had a 7-over 78 to beat Paige Whidbee by five.
GNL: Brian Scott’s goal on a penalty kick in the 75th minute proved to be the winner as Riverside (7-8, 7-7) scored a 4-3 win over visiting Clarkston (7-8, 6-8). Scott’s goal made it 4-3, critical as the Bantams’ Austin Durfee countered immediately to make it a one-goal game. … Dustin Thomas scored two goals in the second half as Colville (2-13, 1-13) scored three unanswered goals for a 4-1 win at Deer Park (5-10, 4-10). Kjel Perry made 15 saves for Colville. … Kevin Spangenberg had two goals and an assist as Pullman (11-5, 11-3) scored a 3-1 decision at West Valley (6-9, 6-8). … Sam Sill scored in the 63rd minute as Cheney (13-2, 13-1) wrapped up the league title with a 2-1 win at Medical Lake (9-7, 8-6). … The District 7 2A tournament starts Tuesday with Clarkston playing at Medical Lake and West Valley going to Riverside. Cheney and second-seeded Pullman have first-round byes.
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