SNOHOMISH — Going up against athletes from 56 other schools at the Gear Up Eason Invitational, Port Angeles’ Jack Gladfelter and Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt came away with first-place medals and showed they have good chances to place at the state track and field meet coming up in May.
Gladfelter won the 3,200-meter race in a personal-record time of 9 minutes, 32.68 seconds, breaking his previous best by 17 seconds. He also finished seventh in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:22.51, also a personal record, breaking his previous best by 12 seconds. Gladfelter’s 3,200 time is the fourth-fastest posted at the 2A level this year.
Pyeatt, meanwhile, one of the top middle-distance runners in the state, won the 800 meters in a personal-record 2:16.63. Pyeatt just established the No. 1 2A 800-meter time in the state by a margin of nearly 5 seconds.
Sequim’s Jolene Vaara also tied for first in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 4 inches. Savannah Fourier of 3A Central Kitsap technically won the event with fewer attempts. Vaara’s height is the No. 1 high jump among 2A girls so far this season.
The Sequim girls’ 4×400 relay team finished a solid second. The squad of Hi’lei Robinson, Kaitlyn Bloomenrader, Eve Mavy and Pyeatt as the anchor finished with a time of 4:11.17. This foursome earlier this year posted a time of 4:09.88, the second-fastest among 2A competitors in the state.
Another good showing was made by Sequim’s Adrian Brown, who finished sixth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.21 and fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.24, a personal record. Sequim’s Colby Ellefson was 11th in the 3,200 with a personal-record time of 10:00.44 and was 14th in the 1,600 with another personal-record effort of 4:42.50.
In team scoring, the Sequim girls were ninth out of 47 schools with 26 points. The Port Angeles boys were tied for 18th out of 57 schools with 12 points, while Sequim was 24th with 10 points.
EJ, Forks at BCS Invite
SAMMAMISH — Behind some great performances in the middle distance and field events, the East Jefferson boys team won the 12th annual BCS Track and Field Invitational this weekend.
Four members of the team won individual events. Jerome Reaux Jr. won the 400-meter run in a time of 54.15 seconds, a personal record. Max Allworth-Miles won the 800 meters in 2:01.94 in another personal record.
Tusker Behrenfeld won the javelin with a throw of 159 feet, 2 inches, the sixth time he has won the javelin this season. Finally, Gage Berry won the triple jump with a distance of 35-3½.
East Jefferson beat out 14 other schools with 117 points. Forks came in sixth with 50 points.
Forks’ Sloan Tumaua won the discus with a personal-best distance of 155-2, winning the event by 27½ feet.
In the girls’ meet, Port Townsend finished fourth out of 14 schools with 77 points, while Forks was fifth with 53.
The East Jefferson girls won two distance events and a field event. Camryn Hines took first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:27.16, a personal best. Aliyah Yearian won the 3,200 meters with another personal-best time of 11:48.49 and Ava Vaughan-Mifsud won the discus with a throw of 84-8.
Other top finishes at Saturday’s meet included:
800 meters — Glen Dawson, East Jefferson, second, 2:11.07.
1,600 meters — Sebastian Manza, EJ, second, 4:41.78.
3,200 meters — Soare Johnston, EJ, second, 10:11.28.
4×400 relay — East Jefferson (Reaux, Dawson, Allworth-Miles, Manza), second, 3:44.16.
Shot put — Behrenfeld, EJ, second, 40-½; Berry, EJ, third, 38-¼.
Discus — Behrenfeld, EJ, second, 117-7; Nate Dahlgren, Forks, third, 115-0.
100 meters — Ashton Doyle, Forks, third, 11.65.
200 meters — Doyle, Forks, third, 24.04.
Javelin — Reid Martin, EJ, third, 123-3.
High jump — Behrenfeld, EJ, third, 5-4.
Long jump — Doyle, Forks, third, 19-½.
Triple jump — Connor Peterson, EJ, third, 33-6.
800 meters — Lia Poore, EJ, second, 2:35.31.
Discus — Ellise Gardner, EJ, second, 75-6.
Shot put — Gardner, EJ, third, 27-2; Lindsey Edwards, Forks, fourth, 26-3¾.