Blue Devils tracksters march on to regionals after Richland qualifier

Garrett Gerling and Jamie Weisner led the Wa-Hi teams to fifth place finishes Friday.

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RICHLAND - Garrett Gerling posted two wins and Brandon Porter grabbed one win to lead the Wa-Hi boys to a fifth place team finish at the district track and field championships here Friday.

Jamie Weisner took first in the girls javelin and added two second places to propel the girls to a fifth place team finish.

The meet was the qualifying meet for regional action Friday in Yakima. The top 11 in each event advanced as did the top five relay teams.

The Blue Devils will send 10 boys and 12 girls to regionals.

"We had a really good day," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. "We had some kids step up and make some big-time marks, and like in any championship format we had some very unfortunate results as well. My heart goes out to those kids that had tough days, but that's part of life and athletics and they handled themselves extremely well. I'm as proud of them as I am the athletes that won an event."

Gerling won the 110 high hurdles in 14.58 seconds and completed his hurdles double with a winning 39.14 run in the 300 hurdles.

"Garrett Gerling was very steady again," Hisaw said. "He looked really good in both hurdle races, he is looking forward to next week. He's going to have to be better than he was today at regionals, but he rises up to challenges very well. He's done a great job handling himself with a big target on his back all year."

Porter won the javelin with a heave of 179-feet-11. Porter took second in the shot put with a 50-09.5 throw.

"Brandon Porter had a really nice day," Hisaw said. "He PR'd in the shot, finished 2nd and then came over and won the javelin. His first throw landed out of bounds, but may have been over 210 feet. It was a bomb. He's just got to keep it in bounds, but he did handle himself very well as he scratched his 2nd out of 3 throws and needed a mark to qualify for finals and to get through to regionals. He did a really nice job of settling down and putting one in bounds to qualify."

Weisner won the javelin at 131-11, was second in the 300 hurdles in 46.42, and jumped 16-11.5 in the long jump to get second place. "Jamie Weisner very well may have been the athlete of the meet on the girls' side," Hisaw said of his sophomore. "She was second in the long jump, fifth in the 100m hurdles, second in the 300m hurdles and she won the javelin. She had an outstanding day and I'm so proud of the way she competed, held her composure and fought everything mentally. To be in four different events on the track and in the field at different times takes a lot of concentration and focus, and she never lost that."

Along with Gerling, Jonah Hoe qualified in the 100 meters, the long jump, and as a member of the 4X100 relay team.

Austin Schilling qualified on the 4X100 relay team and earned a spot in the 100 meters. JP Wolpert qualifies in the 1600, and Aaron Nelson ran to a third in the 3200 to advance to regionals.

Alex Ceron will join Hoe, Schilling, and Gerling as members of the 4X100 relay team. In the field, Dallas Jimenez earned a spot in the shot, Jake Robertson was second in the high jump at 6-02 and qualified in the javelin and triple jump.

On the girls side, Brittany Gibbar earned a 100 meter spot, Maggie Callan grabbed a 400 meter spot, Kailee Davisson earned a berth in the 800 meters, and Rachel Nelson qualified in the 3200.

Gabby Anderson will join Weisner in both the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Ashley Cornia and McKhayla Morris also grabbed 300 hurdles spots. Cornia jumped 15-05.5 to claim a long jump berth.

The 4X400 relay team of Cornia, Dominique Cox, Davisson, and Callan ran second in 4:06.60 to advance.

In the field, Sydney Christensen will advance in both the shot put and discus. Maddie Jacobsen earned spots in the javelin and triple jump. Janice Barlow cleared 9-00 in the pole vault to move onto regionals, and Rachel Adkins advanced with a 33-00.5 triple jump.

"We had some outstanding performances by our underclassmen," Hisaw said. "Jonah Hoe PR'd in the 100m, long jump and 200m and was part of our 4x100m relay that qualified. Ashley Cornia qualified in the long jump and 300 hurdles. She had a great hurdle race. I think she can run faster still.

"Our boys' 4x100m relay (Hoe, Ceron, Gerling, Schilling) ran extremely well," Hisaw continued. "It was a very fast final heat and those guys did a great job of handling pressure and giving themselves a chance next week. And the girls' 4x400m relay was awesome! They ran a season best of 4:06 They fight until the bitter end. The bigger the meet, the better they perform."

The regional meet will narrow the field even more, as only the top four finishers will earn state tickets and continue their seasons to the May 28-29 state meet.

"We believe in giving the kids their choice of what they want to try for in regionals and we go with it," Hisaw said. "It's giving them their best chance to get to the next level. I was really excited with their effort level and competitiveness. So many kids were here for their first time and they really rose to the occasion and stepped up their level of intensity."

Regional Qualifiers-Boys

100m - 10. Jonah Hoe, 11.53, 10. Austin Shilling, 11.53; 200m - 4. Garrett Gerling, 22.29; 1600m - 6. John- Paul Wolpert, 4:24.88; 3200 - 3. Aaron Nelson, 9:28.32; 110High Hurdles - 1. Gerling, 14.58; 300Hurdles - 1. Gerling, 39.14; 4X100 - 4. Jesus Ceron, Gerling, Hoe, Schilling, 43.45.

Shot Put - 2. Brandon Porter, 50- 09.5, 8. Dallas Jimenez, 44- 02.5; Javelin - 1. Porter, 179- 11, 6. Jake Robertson, 163- 08; High Jump - 2. Robertson, 6- 02; 4. Tim McEuen, 5- 10; Long Jump - 9. Jonah Hoe; Triple Jump - 11. Robertson, 39- 10.00.

Regional Qualifiers-Girls

200m - 10. Brittany Gibbar, 27.86; 400m - 11. Maggie Callan, 1:03.58; 800m - 11. Kailee Davisson 2:24.15; 3200 - 9. Rachel Nelson, 11:25.16; 100Hurdles - 5. Jamie Weisner, 15.82, 7. Gabby Anderson, 16.14; 300Hurdles - 2. Weisner, 46.42, 6. Ashley Cornia, 49.19, 7. McKhayla Morris, 49.27, 10. Gabby Anderson, 50.28; 4X400 - 2. Cornia, Dominique Cox, Davisson, Callan, 4:06.6.

Shot Put - 9. Sydney Christensen, 33- 01.00; Discus - 5. Christensen, 112- 10; Javelin - 1. Weisner, 131- 11, 9. Maddie Jacobsen, 104- 01; Pole Vault - 4. Janice Barlow, 9- 00; Long Jump - 2. Weisner, 16- 11.5, 9. Cornia, 15- 05.5; Triple Jump - 6. Rachel Adkins, 33- 00.5, 8. Jacobsen, 32- 05.

Team Scores

Boys - 1. Richland 91, 2. Pasco 90, 2. Kamiakin 90, 4. Wenatchee 82.5, 5. Wa- Hi 80, 6. Southridge 47; 7. Ike 41, 8. Kennewick 36, 9. Moses Lake 32.5, 10. Davis 31, 11. Eastmont 24.5, 12. Chiawana 17.5.

Girls - 1. Southridge 106, 2. Wenatchee 100, 3. Ike 95, 4. Richland 86, 5. Wa- Hi 66, 5. Kamiakin 66, 7. Chiawana 50, 8. Pasco 36, 9. Eastmont 35, 10. Moses Lake, 25, 11. Kennewick 20, 12. Davis 17.

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