Betts Captures Three Events at Home Season Opener


Rochester senior speedster Talon Betts highlighted local Class 2A boys runners by capturing three events at the Warriors’ season-opening home meet on Thursday.

Betts won the 100-meter dash (11.7), the 200 (24.67) and ran a leg in the winning 4x100-meter relay (47.87) along with Parker McAferty, Noak Meckle and William Morton.

“Feels good, especially with senior year, you know? You’re trying to be perfect,” Betts said. 

McAferty, a sophomore, also won the long jump by over 2 feet with a personal-record leap of 18-4.

Centralia junior Devin Harrison (4:54) edged Black Hills’ Jeron Griffin (4:54.5) by five-tenths of a second to win the 1600-meter run.

Black Hills’ Austin Imsland easily took first place in the shot put, winning the event by over eight feet with a toss of 44-6. Imsland also won the discus by 10 feet with a personal-record throw of 121-2.

Centralia’s Colten Aitken won the javelin by 13 feet with a toss of 121-8.

On the girls side, Centralia’s Lucy Nowicki and Black Hills’ Olivia Hisaw led all competitors with three victories each.

Nowicki captured the 200 (29.06), the 400 (1:07.64) and ran a leg in the Tigers’ winning 4x400 relay along with Olivia Grugenski, Keira Jones and Isabelle Grugenski.

Hisaw took the 300-meter hurdles, javelin (79-2) and ran a winning leg in the 4x200-meter relay (2:00.66) along with Claire Johnson, Kiley McMahon and Anneliese Dale.

Rochester had a pair of two-win girls in Savanna Riordan and Kya Ubias.

Riordan edged Centralia’s Selina Gonzalez in the 100-meter dash by a 10th of a second to win in 14 seconds flat. Riordan also ran a winning leg in the 4x100-meter relay (56.75) along with Hannah Rodeheaver, Kailyn Black and Kya Ubias. Ubias also won the 100-meter hurdles.

Rochester next hosts Black Hills in a dual meet on Thursday, March 24. Centralia hosts Aberdeen and Shelton on Tuesday.