Split squads do well for Blue Devil tracksters

Wa-Hi sends athletes to Coeur d'Alene and Hermiston for weekend meets.

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COEUR d'ALENE - Wa-Hi tracksters split their squad, competing in the 17-team Coeur d'Alene Invitational and at the Hermiston Kiwanis Invite Saturday.

In Coeur d'Alene, the Wa-Hi girls took home fourth in the team standings and the Blue Devil boys claimed a fifth-place finish.

Host Coeur D'Alene claimed both the boys and girls team titles.

"It was nice to get away and see some new faces," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. "We wanted to get as many athletes to compete as we could (thus the split squads). We were very happy with a fourth and fifth place finish in Coeur D'Alene with our limited numbers."

The Blue Devil girls earned three first place ribbons in earning their fourth place.

Kailee Davisson ran a 1:00.75 to win the 400 meters. Sydney Christensen threw the discus 120-04 to win the discus by four feet and tied the school record with a heave of 38-09 in the shot put that earned her a second in the event.

"Sydney had an absolutely phenomenal day," Hisaw said. "Her hard work and confidence are paying off. She is hungry to earn it (the shot put record) on her own."

The Wa-Hi girls 4X400 relay team finished in 4:07.23 to edge Timberlake by two seconds. The team of Dominique Cox, Davisson, Maggie Callan and Ashley Cornia turned in the winning run.

"They led from start to finish," Hisaw said. "They had a sensational run and simply blew people off the track."

Sophomore Jonah Hoe led the Wa-Hi boys contingent.

Hoe finished second in 11.62 in the 100, third in his first open 400 in 52.73, and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 19-04.5.

"Jonah had a really nice day," Hisaw added. "He had never run an open 400. He ran tougher than nails. His time (52.73) is the third fastest this year in the league (CBBN 4A)."

Austin Morgan ran a 4:39.58 to earn the Blue Devils a third in the 1600 meters. Gerald Maib claimed a third in the shot put with a heave of 44-04.75.

Jesus Ceron triple jumped 40-01.75 to take fourth, Ceron finished an inch behind Hoe in the long jump with a leap of 19-03.5, and finished his day with a 16.28 to take sixth in the 110 hurdles.

Wa-Hi's Kyle Jameson, 41.97, and Sawyer Neiffer, a personal best 42.14, went five, six in the 300 hurdles.

On the girls side, Gabby Anderson earned a second in the 100 hurdles with a run of 16.00, as CdA's Morgan Stuble ran a 15.19 to edge Anderson.

The girls 4X100 relay team of Sarai Seekamp, Callan, Davisson, and Cox ran a 51.62 to take second.

Torri Crawford triple jumped to 32-03 to earn fourth place, and Crawford cleared 4-08 in the high jump to take seventh place.

Meanwhile, in Hermiston, Wa-Hi's Gregg Heller ran the 3K steeplechase, a event not run in CBBN meets, and finished tied for first in a dead heat with Southridge's Addison Quam. Both were timed in 10:42.65.

J.P. Wolpert ran to victory in the 1500 with a winning time of 4:03.78.

"That time is equivalent to a sub 4:20 mile," Wa-Hi distance coach Mike Locati said. "That's pretty good for now."

Zach Lapier ran the 3000 for the Blue Devils and finished eighth in 9:43.9.

Jocelyn Vargas destroyed her personal best with a 5:11.15 run for seventh in the girls 1500.

"She (Vargas) ran like a 20-second personal record (PR)," Locati said of his junior runner. "She ran a PR in the 800 on Thursday and now the 1500. She has come into another realm of running."

Lea Davidson turned in a seven second PR in the 1500 with a tenth place finish in 5:31.09.

Freshmen Hannah Hampson and Catherine Feistner both ran the 3000 for the Blue Devils. Hampson came home sixth in 11:20.93 and Feistner finished eighth in 11:25.78. Kamiakin's Stephanie Rexus won in 10:29.37.

"We had some just phenomenal times," Locati said of the Hermiston performances. "It's the first time we've gotten warm weather and it helped. We made some unbelievable progression today. It's very exciting to be a part of their progress."

Wa-Hi travels to Richland for a league meet Thursday.

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