Gerling sets new Wa-Hi hurdle standards

The senior wins the Pasco Invite 110 highs 14.38 seconds and is second in the 300 intermediates in 38.09.

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PASCO - Wa-Hi's boys placed eighth here Saturday during the annual Pasco Invitational track and field meet at Edgar Brown Stadium.

The Blue Devils finished with 26 points in the meet.

Mead won the boys title with 60 points. Kent-Meridian was second with 54 points, North Central and Wenatchee, with 36 point apiece, tied for third.

Pasco rounded out the top five with 35 points.

"We had a fantastic meet from everyone that participated today," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. "I'm so proud of the way the kids performed and handled themselves. They really had a great meet."

Among the Blue Devil boys to stand out was Garrett Gerling, who "was just phenomenal," according to Hisaw. Gerling turned in one of the all-time best performances an athlete has ever had at the meet, Hisaw said.

"He set two new school records and is the No. 1-ranked 110-meter high hurdler and No. 2-ranked 300-meter intermediate hurdler in the entire state," Hisaw said.

Gerling won the highs in 14.38 seconds and finished second in the intermediates in 38.09.

"He won the high hurdles going away and was in control of the race the entire time" Hisaw said. "In the 300 hurdles, he ran stride for stride with the kid from Foster High School (Rashaun Johnson) and lost on the lean at the finish line. It was a tremendous effort by both kids and a great race."

Aaron Nelson ran the second best time in school history in the 3,200 to place fifth in a time of 9:18, Hisaw said.

"He had the breakout race he's been waiting to have all season," Hisaw said. "He ran so well and hung in there mentally when the race became tough to finish. He was super the last lap holding it together and he left nothing on the track at the end."

Nelson is ranked seventh in the entire state and fourth for all 4A schools, Hisaw said.

Brandon Porter also placed fifth in the javelin with a season-best throw of 181 feet, six inches.

"It was nice for him to get into the finals in a big-time meet like this and uncork one," Hisaw said. "It was a nice way for him to finish off his day. The throw currently ranks him eighth in the 4A ranks this year.

Aside from the placers, the Blue Devils had another great run out of J.P. Wolpert in the 1,600, Hisaw said.

"He PR'd by three seconds and ran 4:27, which is super for him," Hisaw said. "He just ran out of gas the last 300 meters. He ran really well."

On the girls' side, Wa-Hi had a great meet, according to Hisaw.

"We had PR's by Gabby Anderson in the 100 hurdles, Maggie Callan in the 400, Janice Barlow in the pole vault and Maddie Jacobsen in the javelin," Hisaw said. "These girls are really coming on right now. They are gaining a lot of confidence and have high expectations for the rest of the season.

"Kailee Davisson had a very solid race in the 800," Hisaw said. "She really ran smart and ended up running 2:25, which is her lifetime best. She had a really gutsy last 300 meters and ran three or four girls down to finish her race. She's got a chance to finish really well come district and regional meet time."

Hisaw also praised the 300-meter hurdle race of McKhalya Morris.

"She was leading her heat up until the last 30 meters and, like J.P. in the mile, just ran out of gas," Hisaw said. "Her time puts her right up there with the leaders in the league and should give her all kinds of confidence for the rest of the year."

Rachel Nelson recorded a personal best in the 3200, another effort pleasing to Hisaw.

"She ran 11:36 and that time puts her fourth in our region with Spokane," Hisaw said. "Her race was really solid as she ran her lifetime best mile split during this race and ran on pure guts the last 800 meters. It was a great run for her as she's been looking for a chance to break through in this race. I'm excited about where she's going to go from here."

Wa-Hi's 4x100 (Morris, Rachel Adkins, Kailee Davisson, and Brittany Gibbar) and 4x400 (Ashley Cornia, Callan, Sarai Seekamp, Davisson) relay teams had breakout days, Hisaw said.

"They did a tremendous job passing the stick and competing," Hisaw said. "We've been waiting for a meet for these two groups to show what they can and I was really proud of their efforts. Their times make them legitimate regional contenders and they are only going to get faster."

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