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Elma tops early in season

HOQUIAM — The Eagles took on the day bringing home top scores for both boys and girls at a 1A Evergreen track and field meet on March 20 at the Hoquiam Sea Breeze Oval track.

Out of the four schools participating, Elma teams outpaced the competition; the girls scoring 104 to second place Hoquiam at 70, and the Eagle boys 80 with the Grizzlies at 70.

The team scores ran in the same order for both sides of the event with the list running; Elma, Hoquiam, Crescent and Wishkah Valley.

Eagle sprinters ran second in the 100 and 200 to Hoquiam for the boys with both Ray Stark and Erick Atkins tenths of a second behind. Eagle boys made up for it in the 400 with first and second places taken by Atkins and Chance Bremer.

The 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races, all Elma under the power of Eagles Kevin Farr in the 800 and Wesley Allen taking the longer distances. In the relays, Elma boys traded first and second places with Grizzlies; Elma first in the 4x400 and Grizzlies taking the title in the 4x100 relay.

The Eagle girls also had a bit of trouble getting out of the box at the shortest distance with Natalie Grant taking a third in the 100. But as the distance became a bit longer, Grant and Eagle freshmen Haley Goodwin and Paige Kershaw blasted the 200-meter race with a Grant, Goodwin, Kershaw run at the tape to take the top three finishing positions. Goodwin also took a second in the 400-meter and Kershaw outpaced teammate Mikayla Beeler in the 800 for second, Beeler took third.

Elma distance runner Daphne Peek was well out on her own winning both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Eagle hurdler Maddy Thompson, a freshman, brought in a first place over Crescent senior Kellie Belford in the 300 low hurdles. The girls 4x100 relay pulled out a second place behind the Hoquiam team, even with early season timing issues between runners.

In field events, Eagles took second through fourth in the shot put with senior Emily Gibson leading the way with a distance of 28’8”. Gibson also took a first in the Javelin and in the discus Eagle Amanda Pearson was a solid third. Finishing out the girls field events, Bethany Lipska took second in both the high jump and triple jump and saw Eagle teammate Thompson sail to second in the long jump.

Elma boys triumphed in the triple jump under the wings of Jacob Stevens who also took second in the long jump. Eagle Manny Torres was able to keep a third place finish in the boys shotput.

Elma will head to Rainier and attend the Louise Rota Co-Ed Relays on March 28.