Unable to score points in the distance races, the Chewelah Cougars lost both divisions of last Thursday’s league track and field competition at Medical Lake. The Chewelah girls lost to the Cardinals by a 61-51 score, while the Cougar boys were defeated, 80-68.
Only the first three finishers were scored in the dual meet in all running, jumping, and throwing events. So, with the first seven boys crossing the finish line being from Medical Lake in the 800-meter run, the 1600-meter run, and the 3200-meter run, the Cougars were completely shut out in the distance races as the Cardinals took all of the points.
“All of our boys’ distance runners are younger members of our team,” said Coach Anthony Yeaw. “They will get faster as they get older. I’m working hard to help them improve their speed.”
Likewise, the Cougar girls struggled in their distance races. Medical Lake swept the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run. The Cardinals also took the first two places in the 800-meter run.
“We need more athletes to turn out for track,” said Coach Yeaw. “That is especially vital for our girls’ team. Every girl can compete in only four events. So, after everyone has participated in their individual events and we get to the relay races, we just do not have enough girls to put together a strong relay team. If we had another five or six good athletic girls, we could fill all the legs of our relay teams and be much more competitive.”
However, the Cougars again showed strength in the field events. Led by three first place finishes by Adam Collins, the Chewelah boys dominated the throwing and jumping events, winning five of the six individual titles. The Cougar gals also won five of their six field events with Daniele Bradley and Kaitlin Krouse both finishing first in two of those events.
Collins won the high jump, the triple jump, and the long jump. He won the high jump at 5’10”. His distance in the triple jump was 41’5″. In the long jump, his winning leap was measured at 17’1″.
“After he had won each event, I stopped Adam from continuing to jump,” said Yeaw. “He could have attempted at higher and longer distances, but there was no need, because he had already won the events.”
Bradley was the winner of the high jump and the long jump for the Cougar girls. Her height in the high jump was 4’4″. She won the long jump with a distance of 13’7″.
Krouse won the discus and the shot put. She threw the discus 117’4″. Her best shot put throw as measured at 34’11.5″, a personal best.
Jayden Rainer won the triple jump at a distance of 29’0″. The freshman then placed second in the shot put (31’6″), third in the discus (95’2″), and fourth in the javelin (75’1″).
The Chewelah girls captured five of the first six places in the discus as Lisette Rietman finished fourth, Sammi Trudeau was fifth, and Venessa Calhoon came in sixth. They also had four of the top five throwers in the javelin with Trudeau, Calhoon, Rainer, and Krouse taking places two through five. In addition, they grabbed three of the top four places in the triple jump with Moriah Hudson finishing second (28’10)) and Trudeau fourth (25’1″).
In the boys’ throwing events, Liam Brozik won the shot put and the discus. His toss of 41’2″ won the shot put competition. He then threw 118’9″ in the discus. Austin Heine was second in the shot put (39’4″).
Chris Lambert placed second in the javelin with a throw of 143’11”. Jared Patton was third at 127’11”.
One event on the track where the Cougar boys are showing some strength is in the hurdles. McKenzie Miller was the winner of both hurdling events at Medical Lake. He won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.89 seconds, his best time of the season. He ran a 43.67 in the 300-meter low hurdles. Christian Walker finished second in the high hurdles (18.52) and third in the low hurdles (48.35). Both were season best times for Walker.
Despite a lack of numbers, the Cougar girls won two of the three relay events. The team of Summer Hodgden, Daniele Bradley, Liz Taft, and Lisette Rietman won the 4×100-meter relay in 56.36 seconds. Taft, Hodgden, Bradley, and Sevannah Blain teamed up to win the 4×200-meter relay in 2:30.09 minutes.
Taft, Rietman, Hodgden, and Blain also earned team points in the girls’ sprints. Taft was second in both the 100-meter run (13.54) and in the 200-meter run (29.27). Blain was second in the 400-meter run in 66.40 seconds. Rietman finished third in the 100-meter dash (14.21), and Hodgden was fourth in the 100-meter (14.58).
Justin Lester kept Medical Lake from winning all of the individual running events. He was the winner of the 400-meter run in 55.52 seconds.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In this photo: Adam Collins practices the high jump at Snyder Field. Collins won the high jump, long jump, and triple jump events last Thursday at Medical Lake. Ed Broberg photo