To finish tied in a Greater Spokane League track and field dual is rare.
To do the same thing in the District 8 4A meet – well, it’s unheard of.
That’s exactly what the Central Valley and Lewis and Clark girls did in a league-opening dual in early April, ultimately sharing the league title.
They did it again Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College.
It was thought at first that CV edged LC by a point. But when the final points were tallied, both finished with 135.
And the head coaches of both teams thought it was an appropriate ending.
The top three finishers in the 4A meet advance to state while the top two placers in 3A move on as well.
In the boys, Chiawana scored a convincing title with 119 points. Richland was second with 83 and Mead was a half point behind.
In the 3A girls, Mt. Spokane prevailed with 140 points, three ahead of North Central.
In the 3A boys, Kamiakin won with 198 points and Mt. Spokane took second with 116.
LC’s girls won eight events to CV’s three.
Anna Rodgers led LC with three individual titles in the 100- and 200-meter runs and long jump while teaming for a win in the 800 relay.
She won the 100 in 12.16 seconds and the 200 in 24.77, a personal best by .19. In the 800 relay, Rodgers and the Tigers finished in 1:42.68.
“I just wanted more for myself all day,” Rodgers said. “I’m just glad I could finish like that (in the 200). That will seed me pretty well at state.”
Rodgers was joined in the winner’s circle by teammates Katie Thronson and Maya Lebar.
Thronson, who won the 3,200 on Friday, added victory in the 1,600 (5:04.36). Lebar won the 400 in a personal-best 56.10.
Lebar and Thronson teamed with Kate Picano and Naomi Butler to win the 1,600 relay (3:58.50). It was the first time the foursome ran together.
CV’s Samara Nelson, who won the shot put on Friday, added a win in the discus with a throw of 133 feet, 3 inches.
“That’s as good a meet as we have put together and we had to do it with a little bit of duct tape and grit,” CV coach Geoff Arte said. “You watch next week, LC is going to go to state and score a ton of points. They’re going to put on a show.”
The only other GSL winner was Mead’s Kate White in the triple jump (36-11).
In the boys, Mead’s hurdles standout Joseph Heitman decided to just do two events at district – the 110 hurdles and the 400 relay.
A double state winner in the hurdles last year and a runner-up finisher in the long jump, Heitman has battled a hamstring injury all season. He took third in the 110 to earn a chance to defend his state title.
“I’ll be ready next week, for sure,” Heitman said. “I’m disappointed, but I get to go to state in two events.”
Other GSL winners were: Shamrock Campbell of Ferris (triple jump, 46-4); Correy Quinn of CV (shot put, 50-4 3/4); Preston O’Neil of Ferris (800, 1:56.35); Josh Farr of Mead (javelin, 195-8); Michael Ervin of Ferris (high jump, 6-4); and Caleb Mattox of Mead (400, 50.14).
Tony Pizzillo of Shadle Park didn’t do anything off the charts, but the Highlander put himself in position to chase the state sprint Triple Crown next week.
Pizzillo cruised to victories in the 100 (10.89), 200 (21.77) and 400 (48.01).
He wanted to crack 48 but just came up short.
“I tightened up at the end, which kind of hurt me,” Pizzillo said. “I think I’ll go at least 47.5 at state. The competition and atmosphere at state will help me a lot.”
Other GSL winners were: Chris Regalado of North Central (shot, 51-3 1/2); Jahill Frans of Rogers (triple jump, 44-11 1/2); Tyson Degenhart of Mt. Spokane (javelin, 173-2); and Mason Gifford, Markus Taylor, Ryan Leaming and Michael Stacy of NC teamed to win the 1,600 relay.
In the girls, Mt. Spokane used its depth to win.
NC was led by winners Allie Janke (1,600, 5:00.93) and Hailey Leeking (discus, 130-8). She won the shot on Friday.
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