The Chewelah Cougars will be sending eleven athletes to this Friday’s bi-district track meet in Cashmere as a result of their qualifying times, heights, and distances at Riverside last Saturday.
At the top of the list is senior hurdler Zach Schneider, who ran the 300-meter hurdles in 39.7 seconds at Saturday’s District 7 Meet to establish a new Jenkins High School record in this event. He erased the record formerly held by Mark Richardson, who ran the low hurdles in 39.98 seconds back in 1984.
Schneider also qualified in the 110-meter high hurdles by placing second in that event with a time of 15.29 seconds.
“Zach hit the second hurdle,” explained Coach Pat Kostecka, “but he quickly recovered and still finished second.”
Second on Kostecka’s list is senior thrower Makayla Earl, who won the discus on Saturday with a throw of 111’6″. She also qualified in both the javelin and the shot put. Her best javelin throw was measured at 106’2″ to place fourth. In the shot put, she placed third with a distance of 35’5″. So, Earl will compete at Cashmere in all three events.
Adam Collins overcame an injury and qualified in three events. He will compete at the bi-district meet in the high jump, the long jump, and the triple jump.
“Adam was in pain with a shin injury,” explained Kostecka. “Still, he was able to get the job done in all three of his events. Hopefully, he can heal by Friday.”
Also qualifying in the 300-meter low hurdles for the Cougars was McKenzie Miller. He finished fourth at Riverside by running a career-best time in this event. He also placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Another Cougar who set a personal record at the district meet was Chris Lambert, who placed third in the javelin with a throw measured at 143’4″.
“That was a nine-foot PR for Chris,” said Kostecka. “His previous best throw was 134 feet. Chris was in second place going into the finals. He finished in third place.”
Also qualifying in the shot put was Chewelah freshman Kaitlin Krouse. She placed sixth with a throw of 30’2″.
“Kaitlin was in seventh place, but she beat a girl on her final throw,” said Kostecka. “The top three places in all field events are going to the bi-district meet.”
Daneile Bradley had a good day at Riverside with a personal best in the 100-meter run, the high jump, and the long jump. Her long jump distance of 13’6″ qualified her for the bi-district meet.
Chewelah’s surprise entry into the upcoming meet is the 400-meter relay team, consisting of Stephen Zerr, Dustin Barber, Liam Brozik, and Blake Owens, which finished fourth.
“One of the teams dropped the baton in an exchange, and we got fourth place,” said Kostecka. “The shock in this is that most of these guys are throwers. I will probably put a couple of faster runners in this event between now and Friday to give us more speed.”
Zerr had a career-best effort in all of his events on Saturday.
“Every one of our 1600-meter runners also had a personal-best at the district meet,” said Kostecka.
They are James Gilreath, Ben Eminger, Moriah Hudson, Shawn Verzone, and Noah Thompson.
By Geno Ludwig The Independent Staff
In this photo: The JHS Track team traveled to the district tournament at Riverside on Saturday, May 12. The Cougars qualified 11 athletes to advance to the bi-district meet in Cashmere on Friday, May 18. Mara Schneider photo.