The tickets to the State 1A Track and Field Championships are elusive to find and must be earned. The top two placers in each event at the District 7 1A NEA League meet last Friday and Saturday were able to begin making plans for a trip to Cheney to compete among the state’s best on the red field of Eastern Washington University.
And you’ll see some blue and white on that field this week. The Cougars qualified three athletes for the state meet, while collecting five first place finishes against NEA League competition.
Maggie Cobb — as she’s done nearly all season long — was a Chewelah standout. Cobb won the 100-meter hurdles (15.80), the long jump (17-0) and the triple jump (35-5.25). Cobb set a PR in the long jump by seven inches.
“Maggie’s championship performances are consistent with her preeminence in her events for our area,” Chewelah coach Shirley Baker said. “She has dominated the hurdles and triple jump, but her long jump PR was a great surprise and the mark will help with her seeding in the state meet. Track often sees dual champions in certain events, but to win three events is quite rare and sets her apart from other competitors.”
Kyrstan Miller, powering through foot injury, won the shot put (38-01) by three inches over Colville’s Josie Cox. She was also fourth in the discus (97-6).
“Kyrstan is the only female 40-foot shot putter in our league and she is ranked second in the state 1A, in the top 10 in all classifications,” Baker said. “She also has strong marks in the discus and javelin. So her marks clearly make her stand out among her peers.”
Conner Krouse came just a half-inch short of his personal best in the shot put but won the event handily with a mark of 50-7, which was four feet and six inches better than the second place mark by Lakeside’s Gunnar Swannack (46-1).
“Conner is the only 50-foot shot putter in our league, which is a huge accomplishment,” Baker said. “His discus mark is also strong. Additionally, he was ranked fourth overall in the triple jump, which testifies to his athleticism.”
Krouse also qualified for state in the discus event, placing second (128-02) behind Deer Park’s Jared Boswell (142-02).
On Friday, both Miller and Krouse were honored as the NEA League throws MVPs.
“Both Kyrstan and Conner are great competitors and practice good sportsmanship,” Baker said. “They are exemplary throwers and I am proud my colleagues recognized their excellence.”
The girl throwers were particularly impressive despite only Miller making it to state. In each three throwing events, the Cougars placed six athletes in the top five. Samantha Trudeau was fifth in the shot put (32-0.5) and fifth in the javelin (103-8)
Jayden Rainer was just three feet short of the state meet in the discus, placing third (99-1) behind Ellie Laizure’s second-place mark of 102-01 for Lakeside. Miller was fourth (97-06) and Madison Triplett was fifth (96-05).
“As I predicted earlier in the season, our low number of allocations — only two per event — kept home from state a lot of very accomplished athletes,” Baker said. “Kyrstan, Jayden Rainer, Madison Triplett, and Samantha Trudeau all scored points for our team, which allowed us to place fourth in the district meet, behind Deer Park, Lakeside, and Freeman. My throwers understand how important their role is when it comes to scoring points for our team. They take great pride in being competitive, which they demonstrate every day in their work ethic and reliability.”
For the boys, Brendan Flanagan was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (45.06) and fifth in the triple jump. Josh Adelsperger was fifth (132-10) in the javelin while Dakota Kroiss was fifth in the high jump (5-6).
For the girls, Andrea Franks was sixth in the high jump (4-8) and fourth in the long jump (15-6). Madison Triplett was sixth in the shot put (30-4.5).
The State 1A State Track and Field Championships take place May 27-28 in Cheney.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff