COLFAX - Seth Deal doubled in the distance races here Tuesday as Waitsburg-Prescott moved outside the box and dominated five District 7 schools in a boys Class B track and field meet.
Led by Deal's first-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,000 meters plus victories by Eshom Estes in the shot put, Billy Brown in the 300 intermediate hurdles and a pair of relay squads, W-P of District 9 piled up 108 points on the afternoon.
Reardon finished a distant second with 78 points, followed by host Colfax 55, St. George's 41, Liberty-Spangle 38 and Lind-Ritzville 31.
On the girls side, W-P's won the high jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles to lead her school to 59 points and a second-place finish behind Colfax. The Bulldog girls squad amassed 154 points on its home track, with Liberty Spangle finishing third with 47, St. George's fourth with 41 and Reardan and Lind-Ritzville tied for fifth with 31 points each.
Deal posted his 3,200 victory in a time of 10 minutes, 37.90 seconds early in the meet and then came back to win the 1,600 in a time of 4:41.05. St. George's Alex Ramm-Hutchinson, who didn't run the 3,200, was unable to overtake Deal in the 1,600 and was clocked in a time of 4:43.71.
"The 1,600 was a real gut-check for Seth," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said of his sophomore distance ace. "He ran the 3,200 first, then came back to beat a real quality runner from St. George's who was running on fresh legs. It was a real close race, but Seth was able to fight him off at the end."
Bartlow also had high praise for Estes, who won the shot put with a throw of 43-11 and also finished fifth in the javelin.
"Eshom continues to provide all kinds of points for us," Bartlow said. "He's a real mainstay, He didn't throw the javelin as well as he usually does, but he was still very solid."
James Thompkins finished second in the 100 and third in the 200 for W-P, and he also ran the anchor leg on the victorious 400 relay team. Brown, who took the 300 hurdles in 44.37, ran the first leg on the 400 relay, followed by Jared Morris, Antonio Thompkins and James Thompkins.
W-P won the race by a 10th of a second over Reardan and Bartlow called it "very excting ... probably the highlight of the meet."
Reardan's Chase Bell, who doubled in the 100 and 200, ran the anchor leg for the Indians and closed a big gap but couldn't overtake James Thompkins at the finish line.
"That kid from Reardan is a horse," Bartlow said of Bell. "And it was a great finish. He closed up a lot of ground, but we hung in there and won it."
Brown also led off W-P's winning 1,600 relay team, which clocked 3:47.87. Logan Dozier, Brian Done and Morris ran the other three legs.
Second-place finishes went to Morris in the 400, Kyle Fredricks in the 110 high hurdles, Yusef Johnson in the javelin, Austin Beasley in the triple jump and Antonio Thompkins in the high jump. Nick Carpenter finished third in the 3,200 and Brown took third in the high jump.
Hulce took the 300 hurdles in 49.49 for the W-P girls, she won the high jump in 4-10 and the triple jump in 29-11. And she ran the second leg on W-P's second-place 400 relay team. Other members of that team were Krystal Harris, Kayla Huxoll and Kristin Potter.
Potter also won the 200 in 27.68 and finished second in the 100 and 400. Yesenia Escalante finished third in the 100 hurdles.