Local track and field teams solid at Bucks Classic

Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi and WWVA track and field teams compete in Pendleton.


PENDLETON - Local runners had a solid day at the Buck Classic track invite in Pendleton Thursday.

Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi and Walla Walla Valley Academy all sent runners to the early-season meet.

For Wa-Hi, several athletes had lifetime bests and picked up top finishes.

"The kids were absolutely amazing," said Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw. "It was a really fun meet and the kids competed well beyond my expectations this early in the season."

Wa-Hi stepped off the bus and won the first meet of the day on the field, then closed with a win in the girl's 4x400 relay.

"The girls 4x400 had a great day. They competed well and did a nice job finishing the meet off. It's nice to see white and blue come across first," Hisaw said.

Maggie Callan, Ashley Cornia, Sarai Seekamp and Dominique Cox ran the 4x400 in 4:16.86.

The boys 4x400 team also finished first in 3:33.74, with Blake Gerling, Sawyer Neiffer, Klye Jameson and Jonah Hoe running.

Both the boys and girls teams won the 4x100 relay. The boys team of Michael Mathews, Gerling, Stuart Gillin and Jonah Hoe won in 45.23, and the girls team of Seekamp, Callan, Cox and Kailee Davisson won in 52.24. In the 200 meter, Jonah Hoe and Robert Miller finished second and third, in 23.92 and 24.51, respectively. In the 400, Miller finished second in 55.0.

The Blue Devils girls also dominated the triple jump. Torrin Crawford (21-11), Alexa Simcock (20-11.25), Madeline Jacobsen (20-11) and Elizabeth Wood (20-10.25) finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

WWVA's Casey Roosma posted high marks for the Knights. She tied for second in the 100 in 13.75 and won third in the 300 hurdles in 51.65.

WWVA's Brandon Bissell finished eighth in the high jump at 5-02 and third in the triple jump at 39-01.75. Bissell was also ninth in the 100 meter in 12.27.

For Mac-Hi, Rick Sandoval grabbed their only first-place finish of the day in the triple jump, going 40-05.

Emily Childers placed second in the 400 in 1:01.76, while Alberto Rodriguez was third for the boys in 55.48.

At 800 meters, Ellie Meza finished second for the Pioneers in 2:28.88 while Kaleb Taylor was fifth for the boys in 2:08.82. John Lonai was sixth in the 1500 in 4:46.71.

Tony Ng had a solid day for the Pioneers in hurdles. He placed fourth in the 110 in 18.17 and fifth in the 300 in 44.65.

In relay results, the Pioneers' team of Kaleb Taylor, John Lonai, Sandoval and Pancho Saldana placed fourth in the 4x400 in 3:49.93, while the girl's team of Childers, Kathleen Hopkins, Ellie Meza and Erica Torres were sixth in 4:27.77.

In field events, Mac-Hi's Dylon Wagoner was second in 137-06 and Saldana was second in the javelin at 151-07. Kyler Key was fourth in the high jump in 5-06, and Lucas Simspon (9-00), Andrew Sutton (8-06) and Davis Munoz (8-00) were fourth, seventh and eighth in the pole vault.

Wa-Hi's next meet is the Grandview Invite March 22. Mac-Hi hosts the Carnival of Speed April 1, and WWVA travels to a District 9 meet March 23.


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