(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Even without own track, Cougars should feel at home with state meet experience…
There was a wide spectrum of responses from the results of last Saturday’s season-opening track meet at Central Valley that varied from the anticipated to the astounding. The expected results came from Chewelah’s returning state medalists who finished at or near the top of the standings in their respective events. The surprising results came from some of the newer members of the team who surprised their coaches with better than expected times or distances.
The more predictable results came from the veteran seniors, most of whom are returning state medalists. Kyrsten Miller won the shot put with a throw of 37’2”. Conner Krouse placed third in the discus with a distance of 126’8” and finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 48’0”. Maggie Cobb was second in the triple-jump with a distance of 34’6”, third in the long jump at 15’9”, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.53 seconds, and ran a leg of the 4×100-meter relay team that crossed the finish line fifth overall. Brenden Flanagan finished second in the 300-meter hurdles, being timed at 46.1 seconds, and he placed ninth in the triple-jump with a distance of 36’10”.
Peyton Danly had a good first day in the sprints, placing 11th in the 200- meter with a time of 25.77 seconds and 21st in the 100-meter with a time of 12.61 seconds.
Miller is a two-time state shot put medalist and the defending district shot put champion. She placed second at the state meet last spring with a throw of 40’1.75”.
Krouse placed fourth in the discus (155’5”) and sixth in the shot put (49’5”) at last year’s state meet. He enters this season as the defending district shot put champion.
Cobb has a three-year collection of state medals in the long jump, the triple jump, and the 100-meter hurdles. Last year, she brought home medals from all three events.
Lilly Kirry, a freshman, was the surprise winner of the 100-meter hurdles, finishing nearly a second ahead of Cobb with a time of 17.67 seconds. She then placed second in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 27.7 seconds, third in the triple jump with a distance of 32’4”, and ran a leg of the 4×100-meter relay team, along with Cobb, Elizabeth Chalmers, and Alyssa Fitzgerald. Other young freshmen like Charlotte Falstad, Judah Katona, and Haven Rainer also had good times and distances for their first high school meet.
Liandra Haden qualified for state in cross country in the fall so that might spell good things to come for the Cougar runner.
Even without a home facility to practice on until next year when the renovations at Snyder Field are completed, the Cougar track and field team has a turnout of nearly 30 athletes. They are using roads, streets, parking lots, and spongy grass to practice on. Plus, they are using the Colville High School facilities on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.