Blue Devil boys, girls pick up three track victories

Wa-Hi track and field athletes compiled wins over Wenatchee, Chiawana and Kennewick Thursday.


PASCO - Wa-Hi's boys and girls track and field teams picked up victories over Columbia Basin League Big Nine foes Chiawana, Kennewick and Wenatchee here Thursday.

The Blue Devil girls downed the host Riverhawks, 96-45, the Lions, 114-27, and the Panthers, 89-52.

On the boys side, Wa-Hi beat Chiawana, 112-24, Kennewick, 105-31, and Wenatchee, 77-59.

"We had an unbelievable day today," coach Eric Hisaw said. "They canceled the pole pault because of the strong winds, which really was tough on us as we should have won that event, but we had to rise up to another challenge and boy did we ever.

"I told the kids I was so proud of their effort and competitiveness," he said. "They were absolutely awesome! There were three or four events where we literally ran down a Wenatchee or Chiawana athlete to get second or third place to help change the score of the meet. Our will to win tonight just wouldn't be denied, and we dug deeper in some spots than we were willing to do before. But that's what it takes to win and we figured that out tonight."

Wa-Hi's Jake Robertson had a two-foot personal best to win the triple jump at 41 feet, 5 inches, and had a PR in the high jump to take second at 6-feet.

"On the guys side of things, Jake Robertson had a break-out day," Hisaw said. "He switched his approaches a bit and he really turned things around in the last two weeks. He's worked really hard to accomplish these marks today."

Garrett Gerling put up victories in the 110-meter hurdles, in 15.17, and the 300 hurdles in 40.35. He also finished third in the 200 meters in 23.53.

Blue Devil Tim McEuen took third in the 110 hurdles in 16.79, and Blake Gerling was second in the 300 hurdles in 43.02.

Brandon Porter won the javelin with a throw of 175-feet-even, almost a 20-foot edge over Kennewick's Trais Sharp. Porter also took second in the shot put at 47-4.

Wa-Hi's Aaron Nelson won the 3,200-meters in 9:57.32.

Austin Morgan and Kyle Jameson finished 2-3 in both the 800 meters (2:07.67 and 2:08.14, respectively) and the 1,600 (4:42.46 and 4:43.87, respectively).

Jesus Ceron was second in the long jump at 20-4, and Austin Schilling took third in the 100 meters in 11.87.

Wa-Hi's 400 and 1,600 relay teams won their events. Jonah Hoe, Garrett Gerling, Ceron and Schilling teamed up for a 45.52 in the 400, and Morgan, Schilling, Blake Gerling and Brian Done put up a 3:39.27 in the 1,600.

"Our other long and triple jumpers were all very good as well," Hisaw said. "Alex Ceron, Nat Brown, Jonah Hoe - they really responded to the challenges that were given to them and rose up. They were just super today as they broke up two great jumpers from Wenatchee and dominated the triple jump.

"Gerald Maib had a great day in the shot put and he PR'd by almost two feet. He is starting to really come on for us. And Dallas Jimenez did a great job in the disc as well. He was our best thrower today and took first place against Wenatchee, which we really needed him to do.

"On the track it's so hard to single anyone out as they just compete so hard," he said, "but I thought the efforts of Austin Morgan, Kyle Jameson, Austin Schilling and Blake Gerling were outstanding. We asked a lot of these guys today, and really challenged them. I don't think they won a particular event until the 4x4, but they set a great tone for how we were going to do today. And they were awesome in the 4x4. I'm really proud of them."

For the girls, Jamie Weisner took firsts in the 100 hurdles in 16.85, and the long jump at 16-4. Weisner was also second in the 300 hurdles in 49.06, behind Wa-Hi's McKhayla Morris in first at 48.40.

Wa-Hi's Gabby Anderson was second to Weisner in the 100 hurdles in 17.05, and Ashley Cornia took second in the long jump at 16-1. Cornia was also second in the 400 in 1:06.70.

Rachel Adkins won the triple jump for the Blue Devils at 33-2, and was third in the 100 a 13.89. Adkins finished right behind teammate Kailee Davisson in second at 13.87. Davisson was also second in the 800 in 2:33.10.

Rachel Nelson won the 3,200 meters in 11:58.08. She was also second in the 1,600 in 5:34.19.

Sydney Christensen was second in the shot put with a toss of 34-5, and Peyton Baxter was third in the high jump at 4-8, and Brittany Gibbar was third in the 200 meters in 28.83.

Wa-Hi's 1,600 relay team of Davisson, Sarai Seekamp, Maggie Callan and Cornia won at 4:21.29.

The Blue Devils' 400 relay of Morris, Adkins, Davisson and Gibbar was second in 54.37, and Adkins, Morris, Gabby Anderson and Gibbar teamed up for a second place in the 800 relay in 1:54.47.

"For the girls... our long jumpers were outstanding," Hisaw said. "They all PR'd today and had the best long jump day we've had here in quite a while. Jamie Weisner, Ashley Cornia and Madie Jacobsen are really coming along and are very, very good right now. They could be scary good by the end of the year.

"Rachel Adkins had a super triple jump as well," he said. "I told her halfway through the event that she had to win it for us to win the meet, and she responded on her next jump with her PR and won the event. She's such a tough kid mentally and she's a great leader for our young kids.

"Sydney Christiansen and Allyssa Barnett were very good in the shot and disc today, too. Syd had her lifetime best in the shot and Allyssa had her season best today and both really stepped up when we needed them too.

"McKhayla Morris won the 300 hurdles in what was probably the best race of her life," Hisaw said. "She was awesome, this is the race she needed to have for us and to beat both Jamie and the girl from Chiawana was just awesome for her!

"Brittany Gibbar, Ashley Cornia, Maggie Callan, Gabby Anderson, Kailee Davisson, Rachel Nelson and Emma Burgess had great days as well. They all fight so hard for this team. It's so neat to see them work the way the do and it's rubbing off on everyone else.

"Finally, these three wins put us in a really good spot right now," he said. "We are starting to fill some holes and find some real talent in certain places.

"We've got another six weeks left of the season, but we're really going to use tonight as a spring board for us. If we can continue to compete like this we are going to be extremely difficult to beat the rest of the year."


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