CLARKSTON - Ten Waitsburg-Prescott track and field athletes qualified for the Class B state meet here Thursday during the first day of the two-day Southeast B District meet at Clarkston High School.
Defending state discus champion James Lehr led the way for W-P by winning the district discus title with a throw of 163 feet, 3 inches. Lehr is also the defending state shot put champ, and he'll by trying to return to state in that event as well during today's second day of district competition.
Lehr led a clean sweep for W-P in the discus, with Chance McDaniel finishing second and Eshom Estes taking third. The top three finishers in each event qualify for next week's state competition at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
Estes, who won the javelin competition with a throw of 142-6, is one of two W-P athletes who is already assured of state tickets in two events. Ronnie Hulce of W-P's girls team is the other.
Hulce won the high jump with a leap of 4-6 and finished second behind Asotin's Molly Bond in the 300 hurdles. Bond was clocked in 48.58 seconds and Hulce ran 52.12.
W-P's TJ Hofer won the district pole vault championship, clearing 12 feet even, and Otis Montgomery took second place. Wyatt Withers claimed second in the triple jump and Seth Deal ran second in the 1,600 for Waitsburg-Prescott.
St. John-Endicott's Warren Miller sailed 40-9 to win the triple jump and the Eagles' Cody Siegel clocked 4:47.49 to win the 1,600.
Isabela Benito finished second in the girls 3,200 and Maddy Witt was third in the pole vault to round out Waitsburg-Prescott's state contingent heading into today's district action here. Sadie Johnson of Asotin won the 3,200 in 12:55.92 and Pomeroy's Brielle Hocking ruled the pole vault with a vault of nine feet even.
Hocking was one of two Pomeroy athletes to earn a state berth on Thursday. Kenny Carr was the other, finishing third in the boys pole vault.
DeSales athletes, meanwhile, put a smile on Irish coach Mike Michels' face by locking up five state berths, including a pair by freshman Brigit Lyons.
Lyons finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 54.22, and she ran the first leg on DeSales' third-place 800 relay team. Amanda Arceo, Megan Moberg and Jessica Arnzen also ran legs on the state-bound relay that was clocked in 1:58.06.
Asotin's quartet of Shelby Barnes, McKayla Swearingen, Hanna Edens and Bond won the 800 relay in 1:54.53, and St. John-Endicott captured second place.
DeSales' other state tickets were punched by Nick Wales in the boys 300 hurdles, Roxana Acock in the girls javelin and Jade Donnelly in the girls high jump.
Wales was caught in 43.09 seconds to finish second in the 300 intermediates, Acock was third in the javelin with a throw of 99-6, and Donnelly cleared 4-2 for third place in the high jump. Garfield-Palouse's Chad Redman won the hurdles in 42.32 and Desiree Chappell of Tekoa-Oakesdale claimed the javelin with a throw of 105-5.
"We had a great first day," said Michels, who is working with one of the smaller groups of athletes he has had in his many years as the Irish head coach. "To get this many to state so far is a real tribute to their hard work.
"About our only disappointment was that Megan Moberg didn't qualify in the pole vault," Michels added. "She's been right there all year, and (Thursday) she no-heighted. But the pole vault is the kind of event where that can happen."
DISCUS - 1, James Lehr, Waitsburg-Prescott, 163-3; 2, Chance McDaniel, Waitsburg-Prescott, 137-9 1/2; 3, Eshom Estes, Waitsburg-Prescott, 123-7.
JAVELIN - 1, Eshom Estes, Waitsburg-Prescott, 142-6; 2, Quinn Lautenslager, Tekoa-Oakesdale, 139-10; 3, Jacob Whittaker, Asotin, 138-5.
TRIPLE JUMP - 1, Warren Miller, St. John-Endicott, 40-9; 2, Wyatt Withers, Waitsburg-Prescott, 40-0; 3, Fernando Buccio, Asotin, 39-5 3/4.
POLE VAULT - 1, TJ Hofer, Waitsburg-Prescott, 12-0; 2, Otis Montgomery, Waitsburg-Prescott, 11-6; 3, Kenny Carr, Pomeroy, 11-0.
300 INTERMEDIATE HURDLES - 1, Chad Redman, Garfield-Palouse, 42.32; 2, Nick Wales, DeSales, 43.09; 3, Brad Riehle, St. John-Endicott, 45.39.
1600 - 1, Cody Siegel, St. John-Endicott, 4:47.49; 2, Seth Deal, Waitsburg-Prescott, 4:48.59; 3, Chase Tiegen, Asotin, 4:55.63.
DISCUS - 1, Kayla Loop, Asotin, 113-6; 2, McKayla Swearingen, Asotin, 102-6; 3, Desiree Chappell, Tekoa-Oakesdale, 99-6.
JAVELIN - 1, Desiree Chappell, Tekoa-Oakesdale, 105-5; 2, Della Fleming, St. John-Endicott, 103-6; 3, Roxana Acock, DeSales, 99-6.
HIGH JUMP - 1, Ronnie Hulce, Waitsburg-Prescott, 4-6; 2, Adrienne Hamilton, Garfield-Palouse, 4-4; 3, Jade Donnelly, DeSales, 4-2.
LONG JUMP - 1, Shelby Barnes, Asotin, 15-9 1/4; 2, Hanna Edens, Asotin, 15-8 1/4; 3, Jessica Hardy, St. John-Endicott, 15-3.
POLE VAULT - 1, Brielle Hocking, Pomeroy, 9-0; 2, Adrienne Hamilton, Garfield-Palouse, 7-0; 3, Maddy Witt, Waitsburg-Prescott, 6-6.
300 HURDLES - 1, Molly Bond, Asotin, 48.58; 2, Ronnie Hulce, Waitsburg-Prescott, 52.12; 3, Brigit Lyons, DeSales, 54.22.
3200 - 1, Sadie Johnson, Asotin, 12:55.92; 2, Isabela Benito, Waitsburg-Prescott, 13:10.17; 3, Sara Duffau, Asotin, 13:28.69.
800 RELAY - 1, Asotin (Shelby Barnes, McKayla Swearingen, Hanna Edens, Molly Bond) 1:54.53; 2, St. John-Endicott (Della Fleming, Kaylea Newton, Kelsey Simon, Jessica Hardy) 1:56.86; 3, DeSales (Brigit Lyons, Amanda Arceo, Megan Moberg, Jessica Arnzen) 1:58.06.