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Monte girls win district track title

Montesano’s late-season resume of girls track accomplishments now includes a district championship.

Capturing four events, the Bulldogs cruised to the girls team title in the District IV Class 1A Track & Field Championships on Friday at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

With 254 points, Montesano finished 86 points ahead of runner-up Woodland.

The Beavers edged Monte, 166-158, for the boys team crown.

Montesano’s girls have earned girls team championships in the last four meets they’ve entered. Ironically, they have yet to receive a team trophy from any of those events.

They departed the premises before the final accounting was completed in two invitational meets. No trophy was awarded at last week’s Evergreen 1A meet and defending champion Kalama forgot to bring the hardware to Friday’s district competition.

Bulldog girls coach Doug Schupbach was overjoyed with his team’s showing.

“We’ve surprised ourselves every time by (improving on) what we accomplished the week before,” Schupbach said. “It’s been a constant improvement the last four to five weeks. We had fabulous times and distances today.”

Hoquiam and Elma also had their share of highlights Friday. In all, the three Grays Harbor teams combined for 15 district titles and qualified more than 30 individuals for the state meet May 30-31 in Cheney.

Elma’s Ray Stark had a piece of three championships. His winning time of 38.21 in the boys 300 meters is the best in the state, regardless of classification. He also won the 100 meters in 10.92 and concluded the day by anchoring an Eagle 4x400-meter relay team that broke school and district records with a time of 3:28.23. Tyson Nauman, Rashad Lorton and Chance Bremer were the other members of that foursome.

Montesano freshman Jordan Spradlin swept the girls shot put and discus, matching her previous best with a 40-9.75 throw in the shot and also winning the discus at 113-9.

Senior Gabrielle Rudolph, rounding back into form after battling injuries and illness for much of the season, led a Monte sweep of the girls 3,200 meters. Teammates Andrea Ostwald and Sydney Potter placed second and third, respectively.

The Bulldogs also captured the girls 4x400-meter relay with a team that included Jennifer Johnson, Baylee Roble and the Floch sisters, Myranda and Shayla.

Myranda Floch was cited for a PR of 35-10 in the girls triple jump. On the boys side, Conner Lovell (who qualified for state in four events) and senior Kenny Roy, a first-year trackster who nabbed a state berth in 400 meters, were among those who drew their coaches’ praise. Non-qualifier Logan Truax had a significant PR in the boys triple jump.

Elma’s Natalie Grant, another runner who has battled injuries for a portion of the season, took the girls 400 meters and Bethany Lipska nipped Hoquiam’s Mikaila Johnson in the girls high jump on fewer misses after each cleared 5 feet.

Eagle assistant coach Bryan Schneider described his team’s showing as “unbelievable and gutty.”

“We got 11 people through,” Schneider said. “Honestly, I couldn’t be prouder as a coach, it was amazing.”

Grays Harbor state qualifiers:

BOYS

Woodland 166, Montesano 158, La Center 144, Elma 143, Hoquiam 125

100 — 10.92 — 1. Ray Stark (Elma). 2. Devin Kelly (Hoquiam). 200 — 22.2 — 1. Kelly (Hoquiam). 3. Chance Bremer (Elma). 4. Tanner Birdsall (Monte). 400 — 3. Bremer (Elma). 4. Kenny Roy (Montesano). 800 — 4. Conner Lovell (Monte). 1,600 — 2. Kevin Farr (Elma). 4. Lovell (Monte). 3,200 — 4. Wesley Allen (E). 110 H — 3, Reed Hughes (Monte). 300 H — 38.21 — 1. Stark (Elma). 4x100 R — 43.65 — 1. Hoquiam. 3. Montesano. 4x400 R — 3:28.23 — 1. Elma. 2. Montesano.

Shot — 2. Isaiah Pellegrino (Monte). 4. Kenny Huffman (Hoquiam). Disc — 131-2 — 1. Huffman (Hoquiam). Jav — 3. Tristan Darst (Monte). HJ — 2. Lovell (Monte). 4. Tyson Nauman (Elma). LJ — 3. Tyler White (Hoquiam). 4. Rashad Lorton (Elma). TJ — 2. Nauman (Elma).

GIRLS

Montesano 254, Woodland 168, Hoquiam 147, White Salmon 132, Rochester 96

100 — 2. Olivia Rose (Hoquiam). 3. Myranda Floch (Monte). 200 — 2. Emma Skinner (Hoquiam). 3. Savannah Smith (Hoquiam). 4. Shayla Floch (Monte). 400 — 1:00.28 — 1. Natalie Grant (Elma). 2. M. Floch (Monte). 1,600 — 2. Andrea Ostwald (Monte). 3,200 — 11:52.86 — 1. Gabrielle Rudolph (Monte). 2. Ostwald (Monte). 3. Sydney Potter (Monte). 4x100 R — 50.3 — 1. Hoquiam. 4x200 R — 1:44.9 — 1. Hoquiam. 4. Elma. 4x400 R — 4:11.29 — 1. Montesano.

Shot — 40-9 3/4 — 1. Jordan Spradlin (Monte). 4. Kaitlyn Bradley (Monte). Disc — 113-9— 1. Spradlin (Monte). HJ — 5-0 — 1. Bethany Lipska (Elma). 2. Mikaila Johnson (Hoquiam). 3. S. Floch (Monte). PV — 3. Theresa Chapin (Hoquiam). LJ — 2. S. Floch (Monte). TJ — 35-11 — 1. Rose (Hoquiam). 2. M. Floch (Monte). 3. Lipska (Elma).