Told by their coaches it was time to shine, Montesano’s tracksters followed those instructions to the letter.
The Bulldogs swept team honors at the Evergreen 1A League/Subdistrict Track Championships on Friday at Rainier High School.
Dominating the distances and throwing events, Montesano’s girls predictably captured their third meet team championship in as many weeks. With 192 points, they finished 84 ahead of runner-up Hoquiam.
More unexpectedly, the Bulldog boys used their depth to overcome Elma’s first-place punch, 126-123.
“We told our kids before we left that it’s time to shine and they did that today — all the way from first event to the final event,” Monte girls coach Doug Schupbach said.
In fact, all three Grays Harbor teams did their share of shining in a meet in which the primary goal is advancing a maximum number of individuals to district competition.
The top four in laned running events and top five in non-laned and field events advance directly to district May 23 at Vancouver. In addition, the fifth-place finishers in the laned events will have their marks compared to their counterparts in the Trico League championships to determine the final district slots.
Ray Stark and Tyson Nauman each contributed to three victories for Elma’s boys.
In all, the three Grays Harbor schools combined for a staggering 28 event victories. While there were a few disappointments, the vast majority of top performers on all three teams qualified for district.
Montesano’s Myranda Floch also broke a school record with a winning 35-9 mark in the girls triple jump. She also teamed with her younger sister Shayla, Jennifer Johnson and Baylee Roble to take the concluding mile relay.
Bulldog freshman Jordan Spradlin established personal bests in taking the girls shot put (40-9) and discus (126 feet). The latter mark represented a PR by some 16 feet.
Cortney Miller completed Monte’s sweep of the girls throws by taking the javelin with a personal-best 103 feet.
Andrea Ostwald was a double winner for the Bulldogs in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Montesano’s sweep of the top four places in the latter event — with Gabrielle Rudolph, Sydney Potter and Roble placing second through fourth — set the tone for the remainder of the meet.
The Bulldog boys, in contrast, won only two events — six fewer than Elma.
Conner Lovell overhauled Forks’ Austin Pegram and Tenino’s Cody Burrell in the home stretch to take the boys 800 meters. Isaiah Pellegrino won the shot put with a 47-11 mark.
Bulldog boys coach Brian Hollatz noted positive contributions from the likes of Logan Truax, Logan Clements, Jake Mustard, Tanner Birdsall, Anthony Louthan, Tristan Darst and Reed Hughes in piling up valuable points. Kenny Roy outleaned Elma’s Nauman at the finish to place second in the 400.
“To be honest, this was a team effort,” Hollatz noted. “We had boys score points all the way across the board.”
Elma’s Stark and Nauman enjoyed spectacular days.
The state 1A leader in the 300 hurdles, Stark breezed to victory in that event with a time of 39.63 and zipped home in 10.98, again outdueling Hoquiam’s Devin Kelly in the 100- meters. He also anchored Elma’s winning mile relay foursome that also consisted of Nauman, Rashad Lorton and Chance Bremer.
The other members of that relay crew each won individual titles. Nauman matched a personal best with a 6-foot mark in the high jump and his opening jump of 41-11 1/2 in the boys triple jump stood up for the victory.
Lorton went 19-5 to win the long jump and Bremer won the 400 meters in 53.8. Elma’s Kevin Farr prevailed in the 1,600 meters.
Natalie Grant, in the 400 meters (1:00.85) and Bethany Lipska in the long jump (14-9) were Elma’s female champions.
“We had a lot of kids step up today and win championships,” Eagle coach Bill Zwarun said. “They stepped up to the competition.”