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Track & Field

Boys get third-place trophy at state; two are state champs in individual events


--Courtesy photos.

The 3rd place WIAA award for State 1B boys track and field earned by the Titans.

The state 1B/2B/1A track and field meet was held last Friday and Saturday, May 26/27 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, with the Odessa-Harrington boys placing third as a team and gathering several individual medals at the same time. The girls' team, smaller and younger than the boys' team, did not place as high but two individuals did come home with medals.

Boys, top team scores

1. Mt Vernon Christian 118

2. Lummi 67

3. Odessa-Harrington 58

Girls, top team scores

1. Oakesdale 92

2. Mt Vernon Christian 90

3. Cusick 58

Individual scoring, boys

Aaron Gies took home the first-place medal in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.54 seconds. In the 300-meter hurdles, Gies had to settle for second place. His time was 41.27 seconds. He also shared the fourth-place medal in the 4x100-meter relay.

John DeWulf brought home the championship medal in the pole vault at a height of 12 feet, repeating his feat from last year at the same height. DeWulf placed fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 43 feet, 2.5 inches. The winning jump was 43 feet, 6.5 inches, so the competition was fierce in that event. In the shot put, he threw 42 feet, 4.5 inches for fifth place. Throwing the javelin 163 feet, 7 inches gave DeWulf a third place finish.

Both Gies and DeWulf are seniors this year and in their final year of high school competition.

The Titan boys track and field team consisting of Jonny Hayashi, Cole Kissler, John DeWulf, Gaven Elder, Aaron Gies, Lukas Marshall and Colby Sooy. Seated in front are asst. coach Lanae Carper and coach Travis Schuh.

In the 100-meter sprint, Odessa junior Gaven Elder finished in fourth place with a time of 11.75 seconds, just over his third-place finish pace of last year. In the 200 meters, Elder placed eighth with a time of 23.99 seconds. Elder then joined teammates Cole Kissler, Aaron Gies and Jonny Hayashi in the 4x100-meter relay, taking fourth place and bringing home another medal. Their time was 45.85 seconds, just a fraction of a second slower than their third-place finish in 2016. In the long jump, his leap of 19 feet, 2.5 inches was good for fifth place.

Individual scoring, girls

Tori Weishaar posted a height of eight feet in the pole vault and brought home a seventh-place medal.

Caitlyn Schuh got eighth place in the discus with a throw of 97 feet, 2 inches, a personal record for her.

Maddy Wagner, Josie Westmoreland and Shelbey Watkins also attended the state meet but finished out of the medals. Watkins did not participate due to an injury.


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