EDITOR’s NOTE: The Sequim boys and Port Angeles girls are both West Central District III track and field champions. Details of Saturday’s results will be online Sunday at www.peninsuladailynews.com and in Monday’s sports section.
BREMERTON — Sequim has four district champions so far at the West Central District III 2A track meet.
The meet was still ongoing on Saturday. In unofficial finals results from Friday, the Wolves’ Darren Salazar won the 100-meter run with a time of 10.82 seconds, a personal record. Murray Bingham won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:25.78 and Riley Cowan uncorked an impressive throw of 172 feet, 11 inches, his best of the season, to win the javelin. Cowan finished fourth in the state in the javelin last year.
Also winning their event was Sequim’s Elizabeth Sweet, who took first in the pole vault clearing a height of 10 feet.
Port Angeles track athletes winning their events so far include Lauren Larson, who took first in the girls’ 1,600 meters with a time of 5:06.87, a personal record.
Larson’s time That is the third-fastest 1,600-meter time in the state and seven seconds better than Larson’s previous PR.
Liam Clark won the long jump with a personal-record leap of 21 feet, 1¼ inches.
In team points, the Sequim boys were leading after Friday’s events with 51 points to Franklin Pierce’s 34. The Port Angeles boys were ninth with 17 points.
Among the girls, Port Angeles was third after Friday with 37 team points. North Kitsap was leading with 49. The Sequim girls were eighth with 19 team points.
A number of other Sequim and Port Angeles athletes have qualified for state so far with many more events ongoing Saturday.
Making state includes:
110-meter hurdles — Riley Martin, Sequim, second, 14.99 (personal record)
400 Meters — Alec Shingleton, Sequim, third, 51.07.
High Jump — Clark, PA, fourth, 5-10.
4×100 Boys’ Relay — Sequim (Logan Laxson, Salazar, Jarret Allen, Keeshawn Whitney), sixth, 44.92.
400 Meters — Riley Pyeatt, Sequim, second, 59.12; Kennedy Bruch, PA, sixth, 1:02.16 (PR).
1,600 Meters — Kynzie DeLeon, PA, fifth, 5:23.16 (PR).
100-meter Hurdles — Millie Long, PA, third, 15.24.
Shot Put — Myra Walker, PA, fourth, 33-10.
Pole Vault — Mckenzie Musalek, PA, second, 9-6.
BREMERTON — Port Townsend’s Dylan Tracer is having an excellent WCD III 1A meet so far.
In unofficial results from Friday, Tracer won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.78. He also qualified for state in the discus, finishing second with a throw of 118-2. The meet was still ongoing Saturday with the finals of several more events yet reported.
Chimacum’s Bjorn Danaan-Devas won the javelin with a throw of 136-6, barely beating Port Townsend’s Tusker Behrenfeld, who finished second at 136-3, also qualifying for state.
The WCD III district is very tough for qualifying for state as only the top two finishers move on to the next level.
Also qualifying for state is Port Townsend’s Nathan Cantrell, who finished second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:33.44. Chimacum’s Elizabeth Shifflett finished second in the 100-meter girls’ hurdles with a time of 16.96 and her teammate Jada Trafton also made state, finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 4¾ inches.
The Port Townsend boys were third after Friday in team points with 42. Bellevue Christian was leading with 83 team points. Chimacum with eighth with 15 points. For the girls, the Redhawks were fourth with 39 points, while the Cowboys were seventh with 23 points.
Look for updates online at www.peninsuladailynews.com on Sunday and in Monday’s sports section for complete results from Saturday’s WCD 1A and 2A events.
Dahlgren wins discus
WOODLAND — Forks’ Luke Dahlgren won the discus at the 1A District 4 Track Meet and also qualified for the state 1A track meet in the shot put.
Dahlgren, who has accepted a football scholarship at Eastern Washington University, will get to compete in his new home stadium at the state meet beginning on Thursday. Joining Dahlgren at the state track meet will be his teammate Wesley Camacho, who ran a personal-record second at district in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 44.09 seconds, a personal record.
Forks coach Pam Gale said Camacho ran a personal record in the 1,600 by 10 seconds, at 4:45.50, but it wasn’t good enough to make state as he finished fourth after all the top runners in the district also ran personal bests. He managed to overcome that disappointment by running “a huge personal-best” in the 3,200 to qualify for state, an effort that Gale said left her in tears.
Dahlgren’s discus throw of 149 feet, 10 inches, was seven feet off his personal record, but it was good enough to win district for the second straight year. Dahlgren has the fourth-best discus among 1A kids in the state so has a very good chance of placing at state.
Dahlgren also came up with an impressive PR of 45-11¼ in the shot put, throwing a personal record for the second straight week, to finish third and qualify for state in two events.
The top three places from the 1A District qualify for the state meet that begins Thursday in Cheney.
Skyler Steffen finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 129-5, missing out by less than two inches. Steffen will get to attend the meet as an alternate.
For the girls, the Spartans’ Karen Ensastegui-Salazar had the best showing, coming in sixth in the 3,200 with a time of 13.43.6. Melisa Galindo finished seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:47.62 and seventh in the 1,600 with a time of 6:13.51. Candida-Rose Sandoval finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.32.
The Forks boys finished eighth as a team. Stevenson won the boys district title. The Forks girls finished 10th, while Seton Catholic finished first with 128 points.