Wa-Hi hosting track showdown at Martin Field

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WALLA WALLA - Eisenhower, Moses Lake and Kamiakin are thundering into town.

Wa-Hi track is hosting the three schools in a Thursday meet at Martin Field that promises stiff competition.

Joining Blue Devils Garrett Gerling, Jamie Weisner and Brandon Porter, the Cadets, Chiefs and Braves have some of the top track athletes in the state as well as country.

Six athletes at the meet are in the top 50 in national track rankings.

And 21 of them are in the top 50 in the state.

"This is going to be as good a high school track meet as you may ever see in this city," said Wa-Hi track coach Eric Hisaw.

Wa-Hi and Kamiakin's boys are tied for second in the league, and Eisenhower's girls are second. Kamiakin and Wa-Hi are tied for third in girls action.

Races to watch include the boys 3200 meter, where Wa-Hi's Aaron Nelson and Ike's Bryan Simison, ranked fourth and fifth in the state, respectively, compete.

In the javelin, Brandon Porter is fourth in the state and ninth nationally, and Jamie Weisner is third in the state and 41st nationally.

In girls pole vault, Kamiakin's Danielle Cuevas is sixth in the state and Wa-Hi's Janice Barlow is 10th.

In the boys 300 hurdles, Gerling is ranked first in the state and 18th nationally, and in the 110 high hurdles is first in state and 23rd nationally.

And both the boys and girls 1600-meter race have packed fields, with seven total athletes - including Wa-Hi's Rachel Nelson - vying for state and national placement.

The meet starts at 4 p.m. Thursday at Martin Field in Walla Walla.

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