WALLA WALLA - Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales, Pomeroy, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia and Asotin ran, jumped and threw through sun and a monsoon to compete here at Martin Field in District 9 track action Wednesday.
"It was so beautiful when we got here, I don't know what happened," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "The 300 hurdles for the boys and girls was brutal. The rain hit them in the eyeballs, and they couldn't see. Those three guys (DeSales' Nick Wales, W-P's Billy Brown, T-O-R's Cory Schulz) ran pretty tough. It was a good meet. We saw some good things. We've got some good speed. Our boys team is going to be pretty tough before it's over."
The W-P boys were led by the two individual wins posted by Seth Deal. Deal, who ran the 1600-meters before the weather turned ugly, came in with the fourth best 1600 Class 2B time in the state at 4:47. Deal improved on that mark to win in 4:45.82 on Wednesday.
"It was my best run of the year," Deal said. "We trained hard through spring break and I'm just going to keep training hard. I'm a little ahead of where I was at the end of last year, which puts me in good shape for the last half of the season."
Deal bypassed his other specialty, the 3200, and ran his first 800 of the year and won in 2:07.5.
"It (the 800) was pretty much a training exercise to help improve my mile," Deal said. "If I improve my mile time, it will improve my two-mile time, which are my two primary races. I'm going to try and do the mile and two-mile at state."
On the W-P girls side, Kristin Potter, who did not run the sprints last year, won the 100, 200 and 400. Potter holds the state 2B best time in the 100 at 13.14 and the third-best 200 time at 27.44, and ran her first 400 of the season.
Potter won the 100 in 13.49, won the 400 in 1:05.95, and overcame the weather to win the 200 in 29.08.
"It (the 200) was pretty good," Potter said of her third race of the day. "After the 400, my legs were kind of tired. I just thought it through and ran my race.
"The 100 was my second fastest time," Potter continued. "I'm pretty excited about being first in state in the 100. I'm working hard and trying to keep that up.
"The 400 is going to be my event," Potter said of her first 400 race of the season. "I'm going to practice at it and it's going to be my event. I'm going to try and get a 61 (seconds).
"I'm off to a good start," she said of her progress to date. "I'm going to take a shot at all three (100, 200 and 400 at state). I'm excited and hope to place in state in the 100."
The Irish came back from spring break to shake off the rust.
"We were a bit sluggish coming off spring break," DeSales coach Mike Michels said. "Lots of kids did some good things today. We'll get back to our training routine and get some rhythm again. We're going to get there by the end of the year."
Nick Wales led the Irish boys as he ran through the monsoon to win the 300 hurdles in 41.9. Wales has the second fastest state 2B time, as his year's best is 41.34.
"It was pretty hard as you can't really see anything," Wales said of running through the downpour. "It felt nice as it felt like all the rain drops were cooling you off.
"Last year, I was running about 43 or 44 (seconds)," Wales said. "My coaches said I would have a good year if I started out at that time and I've ended up at 41 or 42 (best time of 41.34). I would like to get faster times, but I'm pretty happy with where I'm at. I got fourth in state last year and I look to keep improving and see what happens."
For the Irish girls, Allison Wujek outjumped W-P's Ronnie Hulce to win the high jump. Hulce cleared 4 feet, 8 inches, and Wujek cleared 4-10 to win, but missed at tying her personal best and her state 2B's fourth-best mark of 5-0.
"I felt a little tired as I had run two running events and didn't get a jump in at 4-4 that I should've," Wujek said. "This was better than I expected. Last year, my highest was 5-1. My goal is to break the school high-jump mark at 5-2 or higher. I've cleared 5-0 twice. I have to get my knee up early in my form (to go higher). I want to qualify for state, as this is one of my favorite events."
Pomeroy was the only Class 1B school in the competition and brought two of the top state 1B pole vaulters to compete.
Jon Atchley came in with the second-best boys vault at 11-3, but only jumped 9-6 before the weather halted the pole vault.
On the girls side, last year's state silver medalist and 2011 leader with a vault of 9-0, Pirate Brielle Hocking, won the girls' pole vault as Hocking once again cleared 9-0, but tried and missed at a personal best 9-6.
"I need to work on my turn as I always get it with my hip," Hocking said of her 9-6 attempt. "I usually go from 9-0 to 9-3, and I've gotten 9-3 multiple times, but coach wanted me to give it (9-6) a shot. I'm getting there. It's close every single time. It just takes a lot of work.
"I've been consistent with the 9-0 mark," she added. "I'm happy with myself this year. It's just the 9-6 that keeps getting me. Once I get my turn a little more, I honestly think I can get 9-6."
In boys running events, the Pirate 400-meter relay team of Tory Knebel, Austin Reisdorph, Mack Wolf and Jacob Moore improved on their fifth-best state 1B time of 48.74 as the Pirates finished second to Class 2B Asotin in a season's best 48.06.
W-P's Antonio Thompkins won the 100 in a W-P season-best 11:45. Pirates Reisdorph and Knebel went 1-2 in the 200 as Reisdorph ran a 24.93 to win. Jared Morris and James Thompkins went 1-2 in the 400 for W-P with Morris posting a 53.69.
W-P's Nick Carpenter ran an 11:03.95 to finish second in the 3200. W-P's Brown finished second in both hurdles. Brown ran a 43.8 in the 110 and finished second to Wales in the 300 at 43.8.
In the girls running events, Pomeroy took over the state 1B lead in the 800 relay. Kayla Morgan, Hocking, Kindsey Bott and Sara LaPape ran 1:58.71 to finish second behind Asotin. The run edged Lopez Island, which held the state's best at 1:58.9. The Pirates' 400 relay team of Hocking, Kelsey Collins, Bott and HayLee Koller also improved on their eighth-ranked time as they ran a 57.48.
In addition to Potter's sweep of the sprints, teammate Hulce won the 100 hurdles in 17.76, improving on her state seventh-ranked 17.78. Hulce also garnered a second in the 300 hurdles in 50.6.
DeSales' Jessica Arnzen ran to second-place finishes in the 800 in 2:44.96, and finished behind Potter in the 400 in 1:06.81.
In the boys field events, Eshom Estes was a three-time winner for W-P. Estes won the shot put with a throw of 45-06.5, the discus at 134-02, and completed the sweep with a heave of 149-11 to win the javelin.
W-P also grabbed the high jump win as Brown took home first with a leap of 5-8.
Wales earned his second win for the Irish with a long jump of 18-05.5.
On the girls side, Pomeroy's Koller threw the javelin 83-03 to finish second to Asotin's Briell Whittaker, who won with a toss of 93-0.
Wujek long jumped 15-feet to win her second field event for the Irish.
W-P's Hulce capped her day with a win in the triple jump as Hulce landed a 28-09 leap to outdistance teammate Krystal Harris, who finished second with a 26-06 effort.
W-P and DeSales travel to the Underberg Invitational in Medical Lake Saturday.
100 meters: 1, Antonio Thompkins, WP, 11.45; 2, Tory Knebel, Pom, 11.55; 3, Jonathon Miller, Asot, 11.87. 200 meters - 1, Austin Reisdorph, Pom, 24.93; 2, Tory Knebel, Pom, 25.45; 3, Scott Eberle, TOR, 26.15. 400 meters - 1, Jared Morris, WP, 53.69; 2, James Thompkins, WP, 55.17; 3, Jacob Whittaker, Asot, 55.21. 800 meters - 1, Seth Deal, WP, 2:07.05; 2, Nate Dalton, Asot, 2:09.36; 3, Jesse Styner, Asot, 2:13.83. 1600 meters - 1, Seth Deal, WP, 4:45.82; 2, Chase Teigen, Asot, 4:50.17; 3, Nick Carpenter, WP, 5:06.45. 3200 meters - 1, Chase Teigen, Asot, 10:50.47; 2, Nick Carpenter, WP, 11:03.95; 3, Joab Nen, DeS, 12:04.71. 110m hurdles - 1, Cory Schulz, TOR, 18.17; 2, Billy Brown, WP, 43.8; 3, Kyle Fredricks, WP, 21.37. 300m hurdles - 1, Nick Wales, DeS, 42.54; 2, Billy Brown, WP, 43.8; 3, Cory Schulz, Tor, 49.93. 4X100 relay - 1, Asotin, 47.34; 2, Pom, Tory Knebel, Austin Reisdorph, Mack Wolf, Jacob Moore, 48.06; 3, DeS, Peter Vander Griend, Jin Chang, Jerimiah Cox, Nick Wales, 48.52. 4X400relay - 1, Asotin, 3:50.99; 2, Pom, Tory Knebel, Jacob Moore, Mack Wolf, Austin Reisdorph, 3:52.19; 3, DeS, Jeremiah Cox, Jean-Emile Leconte, Peter Vander Griend, Nick Wales, 3:55.16. Shot Put - 1, Eshom Estes, WP, 45-06.5; 2, Landon Ristau, Asot, 42-06.0; 3, Derek Anderson, Pom, 39-05.25; Discus - 1, Eshom Estes, WP, 134-02; 2, Anthony Brown, DeS, 118-07; 3, Derek Anderson, Pom, 115-06. Javelin - 1, Eshom Estes, WP, 149-11; 2, Micah Pittsley, TOR, 120-04; 3, Jon Atchley, Pom, 120-03. High Jump - 1, Billy Brown, WP, 5-08; 1, Earl Gaines, TOR, 5-08; 3, Ben Shafer, WP, 5-00. Pole Vault - 1, Jon Atchley, Pom, 9-06; 1, Jacob Moore, Pom, 9-06; 3, Kenny Carr, Pom, 9-06. Long Jump - 1, Nick Wales, DeS, 18-05; 2, Jon Atchley, Pom, 17-06; 3, Rossco Donohue, Asot, 17-01. Triple Jump - 1, Cory Schulz, TOR, 34-03; 1, Austin Beasley, WP, 34-03; 1, Mitch Ruchert, Pom, 34-03.
100 meters - 1, Kristin Potter, WP, 13.49; 2, Reginnah Eberle, TOR, 14.23; 3, Taylor Davison, Asot, 14.24. 200 meters - 1, Kristin Potter, WP, 29.08; 2, Kindsey Bott, Pom, 29.59; 3, Reginnah Eberle, TOR, 31.31. 400 meters - 1, Kristin Potter, WP, 1:05.95; 2, Jessica Arnzen, DeS, 1:06.81; 3, Jessie Wilson, TOR, 1:08.73. 800 meters - 1, Sigourney Gundy, Asot, 2:32.79; 2, Jessica Arnzen, DeS, 2:44.96; 3, Courtenay Perry, TOR, 2:45.24. 1600 meters - 1, Courtenay Perry, TOR, 6:16.15; 2, Brielle Whittaker, Asot, 6:18.33; 3, Mattie Eberle, TOR, 6:48.03. 3200 meters - 1, Sigourney Gundy, Asot, 13:00.84. 100m Hurdles - 1, Ronnie Hulce, WP, 17.76; 2, Allison Wujek, DeS, 17.78; 3, Porsha Gilman, Asot, 18.07. 300m Hurdles - 1, Molly Bond, Asot, 49.8; 2, Ronnie Hulce, WP, 50.6; 3, Brigit Lyons, DeS, 53.00. 4X100 Relay - 1, Asot, 55.25; 2, Pom, Breille Hocking, Kelsey Collins, Kindsey Bott, HayLee Koller, 57.48; 3, Asot, 1:05.01. 4X200 Relay - 1, Asot, 1:57.53; 2, Pom, Kayla Morgan, Brielle Hocking, Kindsey Bott, Sara LaPape, 1:58.71; 3, DeS, Jessica Arnzen, Brigit Lyons, Jade Donnelly, Allison Wujek, 2:02.23. 4X400 Relay - 1, Asot, 4:54.56. Shot Put - 1, Kayla Loop, Asot, 33-02; 2, McKayla Swearingen, Asot, 31-09.5; 3, Piper Loop, Asot, 29.01.5. Discus - 1, Kayla Loop, Asot, 122-11; 2, Piper Loop, Asot, 90-10; 3, McKayla Swearingen, Asot, 85-09. Javelin - 1, Brielle Whittaker, Asot, 93-00; 2, HayLee Koller, Pom, 83-03; 3, Dani Hall, DeS, 79-02. High Jump - 1, Allison Wujek, DeS, 4-10; 2, Ronnie Hulce, WP, 4-08; 3, Kindsey Bott, Pom, 4-06. Pole Vault - 1, Brielle Hocking, Pom, 9-00. Long Jump - 1, Allison Wujek, DeS, 15-00; 2, Jessie Wilson, TOR, 14-05.5; 3, Brigit Lyons, DeS, 14-02. Triple Jump - 1, Ronnie Hulce, WP, 28-09; 2, Krystal Harris, WP, 26-06; 3, Kaela Dewan, TOR, 25-04.25.