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Prep track glance: Returning state placers throughout the region

Lewis and Clark’s Anna Rodgers crosses the finish line to win the 4A 100-meter dash during the District 8 track and field championships last May. Rodgers went on to win the state title in the 100. She returns this season to defend her title. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Lewis and Clark’s Anna Rodgers crosses the finish line to win the 4A 100-meter dash during the District 8 track and field championships last May. Rodgers went on to win the state title in the 100. She returns this season to defend her title. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Greater Spokane League

Returning state placers

Boys: 4A – Nick Johnson, Gonzaga Prep (110 hurdles, state champ); Ben Craig, Central Valley (110h, 3rd); Bryan Anderson, Mead (110h, 7th; 300h, 4th) . 3A – JJ Curry, Rogers (200, 8th; 400, 7th); Jacob Barnes, Mt. Spokane (javelin, 3rd); Noah Martin, University (high jump, state champ).

Girls: 4A – Anna Rodgers, Lewis and Clark (100, state champ; 200, 3rd; long jump, 2nd); Anna Fomin, CV (400, 3rd); Briegan Bester, CV (800, 5th; 1,600, 5th); Kearan Nelson, CV (800, 8th); Zella Conley, Mead (100h, 8th); Sydney Johnson, CV (hj, 3rd).

Outlook

The Central Valley boys and girls are picked to defend their league championships but the Bears are going to have their hands full. CV girls coach Geoff Arte put it best when looking at the race in the girls and could have been talking about the boys: “The league is as good as I have seen it since I’ve been here, especially with the number of state caliber type kids.” In the boys, CV, Mead, Mt. Spokane and Ferris all could win the league. In the girls, it should be a tight race between CV, Lewis and Clark and Mead. In dual competition it’s a numbers game and the CV teams are loaded with numbers. The LC girls will challenge for a state title because of the quality of athletes. The CV girls will be in the state mix, too.

Great Northern League

Returning state placers

Boys: Zechariah Herford, West Valley (100 meters, 5th); Tevin Duke, WV (200, 5th).

Girls: Angel Nkwonta, Pullman (shot put, state champ; 100, 2nd; 200, 4th); Brittany Aquino, East Valley (1,600, state champ; 3,200, 2nd); KD Skillingstad, Cheney (100h, state champ; 300h, state champ; triple jump, 4th); Rylie Pease, Cheney (javelin, 2nd).

Outlook

Graduation hit the league hard especially in the boys, but West Valley is expected to ride its speed and distance crew to a repeat title. In the girls, Pullman, led by do-everything Nkwonta, should dethrone Aquino-led East Valley.

Northeast A

Returning state placers

Boys: Dawson Lack, Medical Lake (100, 6th); Jacob Dingfield, ML (3,200, 4th); Ben Shaw, Riverside (3,200, 5th); Jared Boswell, Deer Park (discus, 7th); Kameron Strobel, Colville (lj, 6th).

Girls: Lexi Rolan, ML (100, 4th); Moriah Duenich, DP (1,600, state champ; 3,200, 2nd); Maggie Cobb, Chewelah (100h, 4th; tj, 7th); Ellie Laizure, Lakeside (discus, 4th); Sienna Swannack, Lak (hj, 7th); Samantha Blake, Lak (pole vault, state champ).

2B and 1B

Returning state placers

Boys: Alan Field, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (100, 5th; 200, 5th; lj, 6th); Samuel Niven, St. George’s (100, 6th; 200, 8th); Matt Arlt, StG (400, 3rd); Adam Blakeley, St. John-Endicott (400, 7th; lj, 2nd); Jack Ammon, Northwest Christian (800, state champ; 1,600, 4th); Nathan Vanos, StG (800, 2nd; 1,600, 3rd); Chris Oates, Wilbur-Creston (800, 4th); Tim Kopplin, NWC (800, 7th); Michael Campbell, Valley Christian (800, 3rd; 110h, 4th; 300h, 3rd); Micah Henry, NWC (3,200, 4th); Liam Bracken, Republic (300h, 6th); Dwight Brisbois, Wellpinit (discus, 8th); Caleb Brown, Colfax (hj, 7th); Peyton Kiel, LRS (pv, 7th); John Dewulf, Odessa-Harrington (pv, 6th; tj, 4th); McKay Knowlton, Kettle Falls (tj, 5th); Kindred Hollingshead, StJ-E (tj, 5th).

Girls: Ashley Sande, StG (100, 3rd; 200, 4th; 400, 3rd); Rachel Schell, LRS (100, 7th); Alana Keogh, Cusick (100, state champ; 200, state champ); Berlyn Hunt, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (100, 5th; lj, 2nd; tj, 4th); Scout Cai, Colfax (200, 2nd; shot put, 8th; hj, state champ; pv, state champ); Anne Hockett, Oakesdale (400, 4th; 300h, 3rd); Grace StrangeOwl, Cusick (400, 2nd; 1,600, 2nd); Madison Ward, StG (800, state champ; 1,600, state champ); Marika Morelan, StG (800, 2nd; 1,600, 2nd; 3,200, 2nd); Felicia Ziemer, LRS (800, 3rd); Tiffany Byington, Rep (800, 6th; 1,600, 4th; 3,200, 3rd); Carmen Gfeller, Colfax (100h, 7th); Parker Warwick, Colfax (100h, 8th); Shelbey Watkins, O-H (100h, 7th); Jadyn Corder, StJ-E (sp, 8th); Katie Harder, LRS (discus, 5th); Casey Schlomer, O-H (discus, 5th); Keiton Klein, Reardan (javelin, 7th); Alyssa Oates, W-C (hj, 5th); Hannah Fields, VC (hj, state champ); Piper Cai, Colfax (pv, 5th); Lanessa Simon, O-H (lj, 3rd; tj, 3rd).

5A Inland Empire League

Returning state placers

Boys: Alex Ayers, Lake City (400, 6th); Brian Skinner, Coeur d’Alene (hj, 8th); Robert Van Idour, Lewiston (sp, 3rd).

Girls: Taryn Horvath, CdA (100, 6th); Josette McArthur, CdA (200, 7th); Melody Kempton, Post Falls (hj, state champ); Tesa Phillips, Lewiston (hj, 6th); Olivia Reynolds, Lewiston (hj, 7th); Amanda Deegan, CdA (pv, tied 7th); Amber Mallet, CdA (pv, tied 7th); Mackenzie Morris, PF (lj, 8th); Keara Simpson, LC (discus, 5th).

4A Inland Empire League

Returning state placers

Boys: Joey Cook, Moscow (400, 2nd); Mark Kennaly, Sandpoint (400, 5th); Jacob Graham, Spt (1,600, 8th); 3,200, 7th); Hyrum Russell, Mos (110h, 4th); Raymond Bobier, Mos (lj, 2nd).

Girls: Hannah Davidson, Spt (800, 5th); Natalie McDaniel, Mos (800, 8th); Katherine Ruck, Mos (1,600, 8th; 3,200, 2nd); Tauna Kirk, Lakeland (300h, 8th); Janice Aylward, Spt (sp, 7th).

Intermountain League

Returning state placers

Boys: Randy Duclos, Timberlake (100, 2nd; 200, 3rd); Jed Ward, Tim (110h, 7th; 300h, 6th).

Girls: Anna Gardom, Tim (400, 5th); Taylor Hammond, Tim (800, 5th; 1,600, 2nd); Jasmine James, Kellogg (hj, tied 2nd; lj, 8th; tj, state champ); Kara Steele, Kell (hj, tied 7th; sp, 5th; discus, state champ); Sarah Buck, Tim (tj, 4th); Kayla Miller, Kell (discus, 8th).

2A and 1A

Returning state placers

Boys: Jesse Whipple, Kootenai (800, 3rd); Mitchell Millard, Wallace (tj, 3rd).

Girls: Brooklyn Cunnigham, CdA Charter (100, 8th; 200, 5th); Madison Napierala, Koot (100, 5th; 100h, 7th; pv, 3rd); Jenna Karpinski, Koot (pv, 5th); Rachel Riley, Koot (pv, tied 7th).

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