Hayden Dressel is a known product in Washington prep running circles.
So it’s not like the Mt. Spokane senior has been lurking in the shadows this spring. It just seems like it.
A condensed Greater Spokane League schedule coupled with an extended winter hasn’t afforded Dressel many opportunities to race in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
Friday was just the third time Dressel started a 1,600. He went from ranked 41st among 3A milers to 12th by winning in a time of 4 minutes, 25.74 seconds – edging Jonah Franco of Kamiakin by one-hundredth of a second at Spokane Falls Community College.
Dressel ran smoothly to holding off Franco, who came up on his right shoulder with 25 meters to go.
“This year has definitely been different what with the rough winter we had and one less GSL meet,” Dressel said. “But my training is there.”
The top two in each event advance to a state-qualifying bi-district meet next weekend in Seattle.
Dressel liked how things went Friday.
“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I’m definitely ready to pop a good time at state, where it matters most. Our region is so strong that if you make it past this meet, you’re basically guaranteed to go to state. We definitely have an advantage when it comes to distance running over here.”
Dressel and Franco will duel Saturday in the 3,200 final when the subregional concludes at SFCC, beginning at 11. At the same time, the District 8 4A meet, which began Thursday, finishes.
Shadle Park senior jumper Jakobe Ford, who has been out since April 26 after suffering a sprained ankle, returned Friday. He won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 4 inches. He’ll do the high jump and triple jump Saturday.
Perhaps a touch rusty, Ford fouled on his first two attempts in the prelims. Then knowing he had to get in a legal jump to keep his state hopes alive, he did 22-2 on his final attempt in the prelims.
Hailey Leeking of North Central improved her career best in the shot put by 4 inches, throwing 39-4 to win. The throw came on her first attempt.
“I was feeling a little bit of nerves so I thought the throw would be 37 to 38 feet,” Leeking said. “Everything came together.”
- In the District 7 2A meet at Cheney, the West Valley boys won with 86 points and the Cheney girls won with 99. Caleb Simpson led WV by winning the 110 hurdles (14.97) and 300 hurdles (38.41) in season bests. Alsatta Bakama led Cheney by winning the 200 (25.13) and 400 (58.70). The top performance came from East Valley sprinter Rodrick Fisher, who ran a blistering 10.46 in the 100 – the 46th-best time in the nation and the best time overall by .15 in Washington. Fisher also won the 200 (21.32). He already owns the fastest time for all classifications (21.26).
- In the 5A Region I meet at Lewiston, the Lake City girls edged Coeur d’Alene by half a point for the title while CdA’s boys won. Zac Magee led CdA’s boys by winning the 400 in a blistering 48.46, edging LC’s Alex Ayers (48.86). Magee also won the 200 (22.29). Emily Hernandez led LC’s girls by winning the shot put (42-2 1/2), extending her school record.
- In the 4A Region I meet, also at Lewiston, Lakeland’s girls and Moscow’s boys were champs. Jillian Mael led Lakeland with wins in the 100 (12.88) and 400 (59.88).
- In the 3A District I meet at Timberlake in Spirit Lake, the host boys won for a 15th straight year and the host girls won for the ninth time in the last 11 years.
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