Track team performs well at Riverside

sports_track_earl350Makayla Earl and Adam Collins each won three events on Wednesday at Riverside, but host Rams took advantage of Chewelah’s lack of entrants in the running events to win both divisions of the league meet.

Riverside defeated the Chewelah boys, 97-38. The Rams outscored the Cougar girls, 95-34.

The Earl girls had the only first place finishes for the Cougar girls. Makayla Earl won the shot put, the discus, and the javelin. Her younger sister Bradley was the winner of the triple jump.

Makayla Earl threw 109’1″ in the discus at Riverside, which was nearly a two-foot improvement over her previous best throw. She won the javelin with a toss of 104’5″. Her winning distance in the shot put was 35’2″

“Makayla is really coming along,” said Coach Pat Kostecka. “She needs to throw in meets like she throws in practice, and she’s getting to that point.”

Bradley Earl placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 25’7″. She also placed third in the long jump.

Collins won all three jumping events for the Cougar boys. He equaled his career-best height of 6’0″ in the high jump, jumped 18’1″ in the long jump, and traveled a distance of 38’8″ in the triple jump.

“Adam just missed clearing the bar at six feet, two inches at Riverside,” said Kostecka. “He really wants to break the school record, which is six-foot-three.”

Zach Schneider ran a career-best time in the 110-meter high hurdles on Wednesday when he won the event with a time of 15.4 seconds. His previous best time was 15.62 seconds at last year’s regional meet.

Schneider also won the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 42.33 seconds.

“Zach is always fun to watch,” said Kostecka. “Mackenzie Miller is lucky to have Zach as a mentor.

“I think the high hurdle record is 15 seconds flat. To beat it, Zach will have to run a perfect race.”

Mackenzie Miller ran personal-best times in both hurdling events. He placed second in the low hurdles with a time of 45.42 seconds. He was third in the high hurdles with a time of 17.5 seconds.

Kaitlin Krouse finished second in the three throwing events. She threw a season-best 76’4″ in the javelin. Her best discus throw was an even 80 feet. In the shot put, she threw 31’4″.

“The younger kids are coming along, slowly, but surely,” Kostecka said. “I really enjoy coaching them.

“For example, last week Dale Savage decided that he wanted to learn how to do the triple jump. So, I put out some cones so he could practice taking even jumps. At Riverside, I asked him if he was going to try triple jumping, and he said that he would. And, he did just fine.”

Coach Kostecka and the Cougars would like to thank Walt Salisbury for filling in the ditches in the track and Hansen Logging for grading it.

By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff

In This Photo: Makayla Earl throwing the discus at Newport. Mara Schneider photo