(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Lady Cougars place fifth at Chattaroy meet…
Apparently, it was Senior Sneak Day for the Chewelah track and field teams last Friday, and the team scores from the Riverside Invitational reflected the absences of veteran Cougar letterwinners.
Without the seniors, the Cougar boys did not score a single team point. The Cougar girls, however, placed fifth among the 12 teams competing.
Actually, the reason most seniors and other track team members did not compete at Riverside was because of Spring Break. Several accompanied their families on one-week vacations. Maggie Cobb did not compete because of an injury. She hit a hurdle in practice and bruised her ankle.
Kyrstan Miller, a senior who must not have gotten the memo, won the shot put, and Lilly Kirry finished first in the 100-meter hurdles, to earn the only top performances of the day for the Chewelah girls.
Miller threw a season-best 39 feet, 2 and a quarter inches in the shot put.
Early in the year, she is already closing in on her career mark of 40’8”. She threw 40’1.75” in last year’s state finals. Miller also finished fourth in the discus at Riverside with a toss of 105’2”.
Miller is currently ranked second in the state in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
Kirry’s winning time in the hurdles was 16.72 seconds, just six hundredths of a second short of her best time for this event. The freshman speedster also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 48.35 seconds, second in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 8 and a half inches, and third in the 200-meter dash at 26.77 seconds. She placed in the top three in all four of her events.
As a freshman, Kirry is already attracting attention in the state rankings.
She is ranked fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, fifth in the 200-meter, and sixth in both the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump.
Another freshman, Liandra Haden, set a personal record by placing fifth in the javelin. Her throw was measured at 92’8”.
Charlotte Falstad, also a freshman, placed eighth in the 400-meter run with a time of 69.66 seconds.
Other Cougars competing at Riverside were Elizabeth Chalmers, Ethan Reno-Walker, Taya Tapia, Genelson Alvarez, Haven Rainer, Reimes Schatz, Alyssa
Fitzgerald, Kolten Cairns, Alyssa Walser, Wade Baker, Joey Trudeau, and Brad Larson.
The Cougars have two meets on their schedule immediately after returning from spring break. The prestigious Pasco Invitational is on Saturday, April 15, for those who meet or exceed the standards for this event. The first league meet will be on Wednesday, April 19, at Lakeside.