The Lewis and Clark girls track and field team spent the first week of the season shoveling snow off four lanes of its track.
Coach Dan Hilsendeger called it conditioning.
The Tigers called the 4A Regional championship they won Saturday the reward.
Lewis and Clark had a special day at Richland’s Fran Risch Stadium. Hilsendeger didn’t know for sure but he believes the regional title is the first in school history.
“Our girls were a little stir crazy at the beginning of the season because we didn’t do a whole lot before spring break,” Hilsendeger said.
LC finished with 150 points and Central Valley had 145.
Emily Greene did her part for the Tigers, winning the 200 meters (26.12 seconds) and running legs on victorious 800- and 400-meter relays. She also took second in the 100.
“I’m super proud. We definitely have worked hard to get here,” Greene said. “We did a lot of technique work and conditioning before we ever had a meet.”
LC will likely be among the challengers for a state title next week at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
“We have a good shot at getting close if not getting it done,” Greene said before pausing. “But I don’t want to jinx it.”
Ferris boys coach James Fisher knows the Saxons have won a regional title before. But he said it’s been a long time.
The Saxons broke through, clinching the victory by winning the final event, the 1,600 relay ( minutes, 23.5 seconds).
Ferris finished with 98 points, CV had 87.5 and Mead was a half point back.
Fisher participated in a group celebratory hug. Then he kissed long-distance ace Amir Ado, who ran a leg on the relay and earlier won the 1,600 (4:18.29), on the forehead.
“We talked about this the whole season,” said Fisher, whose team finished third at district. “I told them we’re a championship team. I told them to the key was getting all of the seconds from district to regionals. This means everything to them.”
It means everything to Ado that he’s finally rounding into form. He dealt with iron deficiency issues until two weeks before district.
Ado won the 3,200 on Friday and added a win in the 1,600 on Saturday.
“I’m happy to be back, healthy and running well,” said Ado, who has signed to run at Washington State. “Muscle weakness doesn’t make me go fast.”
Ado wants to run below 4:10 in the 1,600 and crack 9 minutes in the 3,200.
“I’m really running for time,” he said. “If I get my times and finish last I’d be happy.”
CV long-distance standout Kearan Nelson is running for place and the most points she can earn for her team next week.
Nelson met a season-long goal by getting into the upper 4 minutes in the 1,600 (4:59.80), topping her previous best (5:04.96). She won the 3,200 on Friday.
CV’s girls trailed LC by 40 points before scoring 24 with a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 led by winner Anna Fomin.
But Greene’s win in the 200 sealed the team title.
3A Bi-District: The Mt. Spokane boys won at Seattle.
Mt. Spokane finished with 103 points and Shadle Park (66) was second.
Winning the girls team title was Garfield with 97.
Dillon Lionello led Mt. Spokane with wins in the shot (60-1) and discus (172-3).
Jakobe Ford of Shadle leaped a career-best 7-3 in the high jump, a mark that leads all classifications.
Hailey Leeking of North Central won the shot (41-½) and Delaney Warren of Mt. Spokane won the discus (133-11).
District 7 1A: Lexi Rolan of Medical Lake was a double winner at Riverside.
Rolan won the 100 (12.34) and the 200 (25.01).
The Deer Park girls 400 relay of Samantha Avila, Kaitlyn Mataya, Julia Molina and Jessie Thomas broke a district meet record set in 1985, winning in 49.90.
Cody Bollum of Deer Park was a double winner, taking the 800 (2:01.41) and 1,600 (4:37.42).
2B Regional: The Northwest Christian boys and Asotin girls won titles at Central Valley.
Jack Ammon led NWC with wins in the 400 (50.07) and 800 (2:00.38).
1B Regional: The Odessa-Harrington boys and Oakesdale girls won titles at CV.
Anne Hockett led Oakesdale with wins in the 100 hurdles (16.39) and 300 hurdles (46.66).
John Dewulf led O-H with wins in the javelin (160-6) and pole vault (11-0).
5A: Melody Kempton of Post Falls won the high jump for a third straight year.
Kempton won with a personal best of 5-8. She took three attempts at tying the meet record (5-10) in Boise.
Parker Walton of Post Falls won the boys 400 in splendid style, diving and doing a somersault after reaching the finish line. He won in 48.33, easily besting his previous best (49.13).
Alex Ayers of Lake City won the 300 hurdles in a personal best 38.27 and was second in the 400 (48.40).
Grady Leonard of CdA, who repeated in the shot put on Friday, won the discus (182-5).
Nate Burch of CdA was second in the 110 hurdles and Keara Simpson of LC was second in the discus. The CdA girls 800 relay took second.
4A: A winner the day before in the 3,200, Josh Corgatelli of Moscow won the 1,600 (4:18.85) in Boise.
3A: At Middleton, Timberlake’s boys took fourth, and the Tigers earned a trophy thanks to their victorious 1,600 relay (3:35.22).
2A: At Middleton, St. Maries’ Donavin Rottini won the shot (51-4½).
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