Wa-Hi track athletes impressive on home field

The Blue Devil boys win three dual meets and the girls pick up two at Martin Field Thursday.



Wa-Hi's Garrett Gerling, second from left, keeps perfect stride and flies to victory in the boys 110-meter hurdles Thursday.


Wa-Hi's Rachel Nelson, center, is in the thick of the 1600-meters with three laps to go during Thursday's meet at Martin Field.


Wa-Hi's Peyton Baxter gives her hair a new hair-do as she prepares for the high jump.


Wa-Hi's Peyton Baxter clears the high jump bar after running in the girls 100-meter hurdles.

WALLA WALLA - A cold, blustery afternoon did not deter the Wa-Hi tracksters here in a Columbia Basin Big Nine track and field meet at Martin Field Thursday.

The Blue Devil boys took home three dual wins - defeating Eisenhower 101-44, Kamiakin 86-59, and Moses Lake 115-30.

On the girls side, the Blue Devils went 2-1 - Wa-Hi defeating Kamiakin, 81-69, and Moses Lake, 118-32, but falling to the Cadets, 77.5-72.5.

"I was very impressed with the way the kids handled this meet," Blue Devil coach Eric Hisaw said. "Home meets are hard because your friends are here and your family is around. On the road, you don't have all that stuff. (However) the kids got off the bus today focused and did a great job of taking care of business."

Brandon Porter got it started for the Blue Devil boys with a personal best in the shot put. Porter got off a 50-foot, 5.5-inch throw to lead the Wa-Hi to a 1-2 finish. Dallas Jimenez threw the cement ball 42 feet, half-an-inch to claim second.

"I've been waiting to hit 50 all year, and finally did it today," Porter said. "I had more explosion and quickness through the ring and it all came together."

Porter and Jake Robertson continued the 1-2 trend as Porter's 185-3 throw in the javelin won the event, and Robertson got off a 152-2.5 throw to take second.

Porter, who scratched on his first two javelin throws, managed to re-group and get off his winning throw.

"I wasn't getting the whipping action tonight," Porter said. "My cross steps are not as powerful as I want them to be. I was just trying to get a mark today. I've got to work on it next week. Mid-80's is a good throw, but I'd like to be in the 90's consistently."

Freshman Jonah Hoe claimed first-place points in the long jump for the Blue Devils. Hoe got off his best jump of the season with a leap of 20-1.5 to win the event.

"I was pretty pumped up (to start jumping) from the 4x100 (Hoe ran the first leg), since we took first," Hoe said. "We just put in new steps for me and my first two jumps were pretty bad. My third one felt really good and that was the winner. I relaxed and it was really fluid."

Tim McEuen equalled his best high jump as he cleared the bar at 6-0, but Kamiakin's Tim White also cleared 6-0. Both missed all three attempts at 6-2, but White took first on fewer misses. McEuen almost had 6-2 on his first attempt, but grazed the bar and it came off.

"I haven't cleared 6-2 yet," McEuen said. "It just came together on the first jump (at 6-2). It's really hard to do it on this track because it's on an uphill slope. No one really does well at this meet, so I felt good getting 6-0."

McEuen and his coaches expect more.

"My coaches think I can go 6-5," the senior jumper said. "I think I can go 6-4. I just need to work on some techniques."

Ashaunte Brown was the top discus finisher for Wa-Hi as Brown's throw of 117-6.5 was good for fourth place.

Robertson sailed 39-9 in the triple jump and earned fourth place for Wa-Hi. Ryan Harmon cleared 11-0 to lead the Blue Devil pole vaulters and finished seventh overall.

In the running events, Wa-Hi's Garrett Gerling came into the meet favored in the 110 meter hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the 200.

Gerling lived up to expectations.

Gerling opened the meet with a 14.55 seconds run in the 110 to win by over a second.

"It was a good race," Gerling said. "It was sloppy in some of my places during the race, but I pulled it through."

Gerling led the 300 hurdles from start to finish to win by over three seconds in a time of 38.55.

"I kind of felt sick before it, but I did better than I thought I would," Gerling said of the 300. "I've been working on the starts. I got beat at the Pasco Invite by (four-one-hundredths of a second) because he beat me at the beginning. I switched my steps up so I can go faster there. I felt relaxed at the end and just kept it smooth."

Gerling went on to win the 200 in 22.57 and ran a leg on the 4x100 relay team that won in 44.05.

Hoe ran the first leg, and Jesus (Alex) Ceron, Gerling and Austin Schilling followed as the Blue Devils came home first.

"First, we have Jonah (Hoe), who is extremely fast," Schilling?? said. "Then, Alex is fast. He got the baton to me and I did my thing, and Austin pulled it through at the end."

"It was one of my better starts," Hoe said. "We switched up the order and it's the best order we've had. It was great."

Hoe led a 2-3 finish in the 100 as Hoe came home second in 11.82 and Schilling was third in 11.84.

Kyle Jamison was the first Blue Devil across the tape in the 1600. Jamison ran 4:37.77 to finish fifth.

Schilling added a third in the 400 to his day's work as he turned a 52.59.

Austin Morgan ran a 2:01.63 in the 800 to finish second behind Ike's German Silva's 2:01.01.

Aaron Nelson earned the Blue Devils second-place points with a 9:28.17 run in the 3200.

"The big guys did what they were supposed to do," Hisaw said of the boys effort. "Austin Morgan had a phenomenal 800 in a race we shouldn't be anywhere near.

"Austin Schilling had a great 400," Hisaw continued. "We went 1-2 in the jav as Jake Robertson had a great throw, and that was a pivotal point in the meet. Dallas Jimenez had a great last throw in the shot for us to go 1-2.

"Those guys did a nice job of stepping up," Hisaw added. "You could go on and on. We were big when we needed to be."

On the girls side, Jamie Weisner led the way with three first-place finishes.

Weisner came up just short of her personal best in the long jump at 16-6.25, but leaped 16-5.5 to out-distance her Moses Lake nemesis Jordan Loera. Loera jumped 16-02 for second.

"I know I can go farther," Weisner said. "I had a really good series as all my jumps were in the 16 (foot) range. It was a good day, as we try not to let the weather affect us. I felt good."

Weisner got off a 113-10 javelin throw, far from her best of 131-2, but good enough on this day to lead the Blue Devils to a 1-2 finish. Maddie Jacobsen improved her personal best by 14 feet with a heave of 108-1 to claim second place.

"My javelin is obviously inconsistent," Weisner said.

Weisner took her third first-place in the 300 hurdles as she overcame pre-race favorite Katherine Bravo of Eisenhower. Weisner held off Bravo down the stretch to win in a personal best 46.9, as Bravo settled for second in 47.15.

"I like the 300 hurdles, (but) they are pretty tough and I'm always tired at the end," Weisner said. "I try to stride it out and not let anyone pass me. Her (Bravo's) time was (half a second faster), so I was out to get her today. I tried to get out and establish my stride and go from there."

Weisner came home third behind teammate Gabby Anderson in the 100 hurdles. Anderson clocked a 16.24 and Weisner finished third in 16.62.

"I was proud of my performance today," Anderson said. "This track is slow and hard compared to most tracks. The girl for Kamiakin (winner Khadidja Toure in 16.1) ran a 15.5 last week, (and) I only lost to her by (one-tenth of a) second and I beat Jamie. We switch every other week and it's good motivation.

Anderson looks at the 100 hurdles as her main event.

"I would like to PR by another (two-tenths) seconds," Anderson added. "My goal is to go to state in the 100 hurdles. I think I can if I step it up a little."

Rachel Adkins finished third to lead a 3-4 Blue Devil finish in the 100-meter dash. Adkins finished in 13.45 and Kailee Davisson was fourth in 13.46.

Adkins also got off her best triple jump of the year, bettering her old mark by over a foot, as she jumped 34-7 to finish second behind the Chiefs' Loera, who hit for 34-11.5 to win.

"I PR'd by a foot and an inch," Adkins said. "To me, that's great. I think I could've jumped 35 if I had a couple more jumps. It felt good and I'm use to this runway. Being comfortable where you're at is what did it for me."

Adkins hopes to jump farther as she prepares for postseason competition.

"My goal is to jump 36," Adkins said. "I think I can do it as I PR'd a foot today. I'm hoping to do it at district."

Sydney Christensen threw the shot 34-0 to finish second behind the 40-09.25 throw of Ike's Jessica Bush.

Christensen earned Blue Devil points in the discus with a throw of 111-7, good for third place.

Wa-Hi's Peyton Baxter went over the bar at 4-8 in the high jump to claim second behind the 4-10 jump of Kamiakin's Courtney Nelson.

Janice Barlow went 9-6 in the pole vault to finish second to the Braves' Danielle Cuevas, who cleared 10-9.

Rachel Nelson ran a 5:28.69 in the 1600 to finish third, and completed the distance double with an 11:58.3 in the 3200 to also earn a third in that race.

Maggie Callan turned a lap in 1:03.03 to take a second in the 400 for Wa-Hi, and Brittany Gibbar sprinted a 28.02 for third in the 200.

(Maddie) Jacobson had a phenomenal day," Hisaw summarized on the efforts of the Blue Devil girls. "She had a 14-foot PR in the javelin and a 2-foot PR in the triple jump.

"Maggie Callan had a super day for us in the open 4," Hisaw continued. "Rachel Nelson was tough as she was the only kid out here to double (in both distance races). Another great day by Rachel Adkins for us. Jamie (Weisner) had a great race in the 3s as that (Bravo) is the second best kid in the league. Gabby Anderson was really good in the high hurdles. Sydney Christiansen had a huge PR in the discus to finish second to a kid (Bush), who is ranked nationally."

The Blue Devils conclude the regular season Thursday at Pasco.

"We're getting good at the right time," Hisaw concluded.


100 Meters - 1. Jerrod Johnston, Kami, 11.46. 2. Jonah Hoe, Wa-Hi, 11.82. 3. Austin Schilling, Wa-Hi, 11.84. 200 Meters - 1. Garrett Gerling, Wa-Hi, 22.57. 2. Jerrod Johnston, Kami, 23.04. 3. Mike Esparza, Ike, 23.68. 400 Meters - 1. Jerrod Johnston, Kami, 51.91. 2. Timothy Cummings, Ike, 52.51. 3. Austin Schilling, Wa-Hi, 52.59. 800 Meters - 1. German Silva, Ike, 2:01.01. 2. Austin Morgan, Wa-Hi, 2:01.63. 3. Charles Lisle, Kami, 2:01.82. 1600 Meters - 1. Anthony Armstrong, Kami, 4:25.12. 2. Bryan Simison, Ike, 4:26.90. 3. Justin Yoke, Kami, 4:32.48. 3200 Meters - 1. Anthony Armstrong, Kami, 9:26.68. 2. Aaron Nelson, Wa-Hi, 9:28.17. 3. John-Paul Wolpert, Wa-Hi, 9:28.75. 110m Hurdles - 1. Garrett Gerling, Wa-Hi, 14.55. 2. Tim White, Kami, 15.91. 3. Tim McEuen, Wa-Hi, 16.05. 300m Hurdles - 1. Garrett Gerling, Wa-Hi, 38.55. 2. Eddie Del Toro, Kami, 42.00. 3. Blake Gerling, Wa-Hi, 42.34. 4x100 Relay - 1. Jonah Hoe, Jesus Ceron, Garrett Gerling, Austin Schilling, Wa-Hi, 44.05. 2. Mitchell Hill, Dylan Moberg, Jordan Wilks, Randy Koon, MSLK, 44.52. 3. Corey McLean, Spencer Ballo, Jerrod Johnston, Tim White, Kami, 44.59. 4x400 Relay - 1. Grey Peone, Jaziel Rodriguez, Bryan Simison, Timothy Cummings, Ike, 3:38.94. 2. Blake Gerling, Sawyer Neiffer, Kyle Jameson, Austin Morgan, Wa-Hi, 3:42.01. 3. Andrez Acevedo, Delfino Dominguez, Peter Troianello, Michael Sadeddin, Ike, 3:56.72.

Shot Put - 1. Brandon Porter, Wa-Hi, 50-05.50. 2. Dallas Jimenez, Wa-Hi, 42-00.50. 3. Kris Bragg, Kami, 41-09.75. Discus - 1. Kris Bragg, Kami, 133-09. 2. Abel Soto, Ike, 129-08. 3. Alex Murchie, Ike, 117-08. Javelin - 1. Brandon Porter, Wa-Hi, 185-03. 2. Jake Robertson, Wa-Hi, 152-02. 3. Jordan Wilks, MSLK, 149-10. High Jump - 1. Tim White, Kami, 6-00.00. 2. Tim McEuen, Wa-Hi, 6-00.00. 3. Jake Robertson, Wa-Hi, 5-10.00. Pole Vault - 1. Jacob Hino, Ike, 13-00.00. 2. Joseph Keeton, Ike, 12-06.00. 3. Arturo Gonzalez, Kami, 12-00.00. Long Jump - 1. Jonah Hoe, Wa-Hi, 20-01.50. 2. Mitchell Hill, MSLK, 20-01.00. 3. Randy Koon, MSLK, 20-00.75. Triple Jump - 1. Mitchell Hill, MSLK, 42-07.50. 2. Dylan Moberg, MSLK, 41-09.00. 3. Jordan Wilks, MSLK, 41-03.00.

Team Scores - Kamiakin 101.00, Ike 44.00; Ike 82.00, Moses Lake 63.00; Wa-Hi 101.00, Ike 44.00; Kamiakin 94.00, Moses Lake 46.00; Wa-Hi 86.00, Kamiakin 59.00; Wa-Hi 115.00, Moses Lake 30.00.


100 Meters - 1. Khadidja Toure, Kami, 13.11. 2. Shanai Campbell, Ike, 13.13. 3, Rachel Adkins, Wa-Hi, 13.45. 200 Meters - 1. McKenzie Arnold, Ike, 27.57. 2. Kyra Brannan, Kami, 27.58. 3. Brittany Gibbar, Wa-Hi, 28.02. 400 Meters - 1. Rachel Freeman, Ike, 1:01.71. 2. Maggie Callan, Wa-Hi, 1:03.03. 3. Kylee Coleman, Kami, 1:03.45. 800 Meters - 1. Mayra Chavez, Ike, 2:26.41. 2. Kirsten Sheffield, Ike, 2:26.75. 3. Kailee Davisson, Wa-Hi, 2:27.01. 1600 Meters - 1. Mayra Chavez, Ike, 5:20.43. 2. Kaylee Brooks, Kami, 5:22.24. 3. Rachel Nelson, Wa-Hi, 5:28.69. 3200 Meters - 1. Berenice Penaloza, Ike, 11:35.55. 2. Stephanie Rexus, Kami, 11:40.42. 3. Rachel Nelson, Wa-Hi, 11:58.30. 100m Hurdles - 1. Khadidja Toure, Kami, 16.10. 2. Gabby Anderson, Wa-Hi, 16.24. 3. Jamie Weisner, Wa-Hi, 16.62. 300m Hurdles - 1. Jamie Weisner, Wa-Hi, 46.90. 2. Katherine Bravo, Ike, 47.15. 3. Gabby Anderson, Wa-Hi, 51.41. 4x100 Relay - 1. Beth Klingele, McKenzie Arnold, Lizzie Blanchard, Shanai Campbell, Ike, 50.73. 2. Marissa Rodriguez, Rebecca Neal, Kyra Brannan, Khadidja Toure, Kami, 51.62. 3. Brittany Gibbar, Rachel Adkins, Kailee Davisson, Ashley Cornia, Wa-Hi, 52.02. 4x200 Relay - 1. Kourtney Fullmer, Rebecca Neal, Khadidja Toure, Kyra Brannan, Kami, 1:49.42. 2. Beth Klingele, McKenzie Arnold, Destiny Sanford, Lizzie Blanchard, Ike, 1:50.35. 3. London Cleverly, Tiffany Morris, Jordan Loera, Magie Munoz, MSLK, 1:52.28. 4x400 Relay - 1. Rachel Freeman, Kirsten Sheffield, Mayra Chavez, Katherine Bravo, Ike, 4:07.68. 2. Ashley Cornia, Maggie Callan, Dominique Cox, Kailee Davisson, Wa-Hi, 4:12.60. 3. Hallie Adkins, Ana Andrade, Anna Pettyjohn, Sierra Carman, Wa-Hi, 4:39.60.

Shot Put - 1. Jessica Bush, Ike, 40-09.25. 2. Sydney Christensen, Wa-Hi, 34-00.00. 3. Pamela Harvey, Kami, 32-11.50. Discus - 1. Jessica Bush, Ike, 128-07. 2. Sadie Nielsen, MSLK, 112-02. 3. Sydney Christensen, Wa-Hi, 111-07. Javelin - 1. Jamie Weisner, Wa-Hi, 113-10. 2. Madeline Jacobsen, Wa-Hi, 108-01. 3. Brooke Brown, Ike, 95-10. High Jump - 1. Courtney Nelson, Kami, 4-10.00. 2. Peyton Baxter, Wa-Hi, 4-08.00. 3. Tori Softich, Kami, 4-06.00. Pole Vault - 1. Danielle Cuevas, Kami, 10-09.00. 2. Janice Barlow, Wa-Hi, 9-06.00. 3. Maria Suarez, Ike, 9-00.00. Long Jump - 1. Jamie Weisner, Wa-Hi, 16-05.50. 2. Jordan Loera, MSLK, 16-02.00. 3. Beth Klingele, Ike, 16-00.00. Triple Jump - 1. Jordan Loera, MSLK, 34-11.50. 2. Rachel Adkins, Wa-Hi, 34-07.00. 3. Madeline Jacobsen, Wa-Hi, 33-07.00.

Team Scores - Ike 87.50, Kamiakin 62.50; Ike 116, Moses Lake 34.00; Ike 77.50, Wa-Hi 72.50; Kamiakin 104.00, Moses Lake 41.00; Wa-Hi 81.00, Kamiakin 69.00; Wa-Hi 118.00, Moses Lake 32.00.


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