Prep Track and Field: Rainer Boys Capture Season-Opening Home Meet

STARTING STRONG: Senior Benjamin Johnson Captured Three First for the Boys, While Juniors Kaeley Schultz and Selena Niemi Each Won Two Events for the Girls

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Powered by senior Benjamin Johnson’s three first-place victories and seven total first-place wins as a team. Rainier glided to a season-opening victory on its home turf Thursday.

Johnson won the 100-meter dash (11.98); the 200-meter dash (23.83) and the 400-meter dash (54.39) to lead the Mountaineers. Distance thrower Jeremiah Nubbe added victories in the shot put (52 feet, 2.5 inches) and the discus (183 feet, 8 inches). Ryan Doidge won the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet, 6 inches, while Chase MacFarland won the triple jump with a leap of 38-feet, four inches.

Toledo finished second in team scores with a 64, followed by Kalama with 63.5 points and Adna with 33.

Other local winners include Toledo sophomore Tyler Harris in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.7, while teammate, senior Thomas Glass, finished second in 2:30.38. Toledo’s Nicholas Marty won the two-mile in a time of 10:07.32, and placed second in the one-mile. Indian Trey Tego won the long jump in a leap of 18 feet, 3 inches.

Adna senior Willis Ames captured the 110-meter hurdles in 16.73, while the Pirates’ 4x400-meter relay team of Jaxon Dunnagan, Jacob Stadjuar, Zach Berg and Willis Ames won in a time of 4:00.35. Pirate sophomore Trenton Carper was victorious in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches.

On the girls side, Kalama won as a team with 99 points, followed by Rainier in second with 74, Adna with 35 and Toledo with 32.

Rainier junior Kaeley Schultz put up the most impressive performance of the day, launching the javelin for a winning throw of 99 feet even, which was 29 feet, 2 inches further than the second-place finisher. That throw would have given her a bronze medal and a third-place finish at the 2B state meet in 2019. Schultz also won the high jump by 10 inches with a leap of 5 feet even.

Teammate and junior Selena Niemi was also a two-time winner, capturing both the one-mile (5:57.20) and the two-mile (13:00.10). Adna junior Faith Wellander also won two events, the 100-meter hurdles (18.67) and the 300-meter hurdles (55.97).

The Mountaineers also collected victories from sophomore Hailey Tyrell, who won the 800-meter run in 3:00.04,  junior Isabella Holmes in the discus (91 feet, 7 inches) and senior Alia Garner in the pole vault (9 feet even).

Other local winners included Adna freshman Reagan Naillon in the 400-meter dash (1:10.85), Toledo senior Stacie Spahr in the shot put (31 feet, 2 inches) and Toledo’s 4x200-meter relay tea, of Karley Harris, Stefani Arceo-Hansen, Stacie Spahr and Aleena Bloomstrom (1:55.91).

Full results can be found at Athletic.net.

Beavers Open Season in Monte

Tenino sophomore Tani Von Bargen captured the Beavers’ only individual victory during their season-opening track meet in Montesano on Thursday. Von Bargen won the boys 3200-meter run in a time of 14:05.00. M

Montesano boys easily won the meet as a team with 164 points, followed by Elma with 43, Ilwaco with 36, Tenino with 24 and Mary M. Knight with 21.

On the girls side, the Beavers had no winners but got a second-place finish out of senior Molly Craif in the discus (72 feet, 3 inches), while teammate Trinity Tafoya placed third in the discus (61 feet even).
Montesano girls won as a team with 145 points, followed by Ilwaco with 107, Elma with 47 and Tenino with 19.

Vikings Boys, Girls Take Fourth

Mossyrock sophomore Olivia Brownell captures victories in the 800-meter run (2:48.06) and the 1600-meter run (6:24) to help the Vikings girls take fourth in a five-team, season-opening meet Thursday in Toutle.

Stevenson girls won the meet with 106 points, followed by Wahkiakum with 62, Toutle Lake with 57, Mossyrock with 38 and Washington School for the Deaf with 19 points.

On the boys side, junior sprinter Tevita Stajduhar won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.75 seconds. Mossyrock’s 4x400 relay of Miguel Gomez, Kayson Purdy, Hugo Wedam and Christian Paz Tapia was the Vikings’ only other winner on the day, finishing in a time of 4:29.12.

Stevenson also won the boys meet with a score of 74, followed by Wahkiakum with 66, Toutle Lake with 55, Mossyrock at 36 and Washington School for the Deaf with eight points.