WALLA WALLA - The rain sprinkled down and the wind blew hard for much of the afternoon, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the Wa-Hi track team as it hosted the Pendleton Bucks at Martin Field Friday afternoon in a non-league affair.
The meet pitted 170 Blue Devil tracksters to just 40-50 members on the Bucks team. Official team scores were not kept, but the Blue Devils had multiple athletes that finished in the top three in various events. Those finishing in the top three at a regular dual meet usually score points for their team.
Four Wa-Hi boys - Jonah Hoe, Jesus Ceron, Logan Reardon and Jake Robertson - finished in the top three in multiple events.
Hoe finished first in both the long jump (19 feet, 1 inch) and the 200-meter dash (23.69).
Ceron took first in the triple jump (39.5), and second in both the 110-meter hurdles (17.04) and the long jump (18-6.5).
"Ceron had a great day," Wa-Hi track coach Eric Hisaw said. "It's good to see him back where he left off last year. He is a fantastic kid, super worker and leader."
Reardon had a second-place finish in the discus with a throw of 121-2, and third in the javelin (134-5).
"Logan is having a great start to the spring," Hisaw said. "He has the chance to be really talented for us. It was really nice to see him finally uncork a good discus throw. He's had them in practice, just hadn't done it in a meet. Overall, today for him was really impressive."
Robertson chipped in with a first place both in the discus (122-11), as well as the javelin (153-9) and a second place in the 200 meters (24-feet).
"Jake finally got a really solid javelin throw," Hisaw said. "He was juggling five-to-seven events at practice, trying to work on the decathlon, but has finally settled down to just four, and is starting to really make some improvements. He's so competitive. I love that, and his best is still yet to come."
Other top finishers for the boys were Aaron Nelson, who won the 800 meters; Kyle Jameson, who took the crown in the 110-meter hurdles; Blake Gerling, who outjumped his opponents in the 300-meter hurdles; Peter Sirmon, in the pole vault; Miguel Torres in the high jump; and Gerald Maib in the shot put.
"I was equally as impressed with all our distance kids," Hisaw said. "Obviously led by Aaron and J.P. (John Paul Wolpert), but their effort and competitiveness was really fun to watch today!"
Wolpert finished second in the 800, just seconds behind Nelson.
"That was good to win the 800, but I want to set the school record this year for the one- and two-mile races," Nelson said.
The Wa-Hi record for the one mile is 4:15. The record for the two-mile race is 9:06.
"I think that I have a good shot of breaking both of those records this year," Nelson said.
Seven girls finished with multiple event top-three finishes. Sydney Christensen, Megan Thompson, Kailee Davisson, Ashley Cornia, Rebekah Heath, Alicen Freeman and Madeline Jacobson all turned in top-three efforts.
Christensen provided the Blue Devil muscle with a first place in both the discus (120-4), and shot put (33-11.5)
Thompson packed a punch with a second-place javelin throw (91-1) and a third-place discus with a throw of 86-6.
"Megan Thompson was very, very solid for us today," Hisaw said. "It's tough for her to be in the shadow of Syd (Sydney Christensen) in the disc, as Syd is so good right now, but Meg is performing equally as well individually. She's already thrown farther than last year and is such a great worker. We're really going to count on her this spring."
Davisson was pure speed with a 100- and 200-meter first-place finish.
"I thought that Kailee was very impressive today," Hisaw said. "Her times were pretty quick too, especially with that head wind all afternoon. She is going to be tough to deal with for other schools in our league. It is not often that you get a kid that is your best runner in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 on your team. She's in great, great shape right now."
Cornia won the long jump and 100 meter hurdles.
"Ashley Cornia had the big long jump that we've been waiting for," Hisaw said. "She had some huge scratches this season and it's nice to see her get back on track."
Heath showed her versatility with a first-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance of 8 feet, a second place in the 100-meter hurdles and a third in the triple jump.
"That pole vault was a foot-and-a-half better than my previous best," Heath said. "I think the best was because we have finally got outside to practice this last week because of the better weather. Our great coach, Hisaw, is another reason I've improved."
Hisaw had good things to say about Heath.
"Rebekah Heath had an outstanding day in the pole vault for us," he said. "She got in a great rhythm and really attacked the event for the first time. Now we'll just have to see how high she can go!"
Freeman showed her leaping ability with a second in the high jump and a third in the long jump.
Jacobson got a first in the triple jump and javelin.
Other noteworthy finishers for the Wa-Hi girls were Gabby Anderson, who finished first in the 300-meter hurdles; Rachel Nelson, who won the 800 meters; and Alexa Simcock, who blew away the competition in the high jump.
"I thought our girls' distance crew did a fantastic job in the 800 today," Hisaw said. "We were able to see their determination and desire. They competed very well and it was great to see them battle today."
Second and third place in the girls' 800 went to Jocelyn Vargas and Catherine Feistner.
As a team, the Blue Devils took all the top three finishes in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, 800-meters, shot put and high jump.
The girls swept the top of the scoreboard six times. They finished with all top three places taken in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 800 meters, high jump, long jump and triple jump.
The next meet for the Blue Devils is at 2 p.m. Friday at Wenatchee in the Eastmont Invitational.
The only other home track meet this season for Wa-Hi will be at 3 p.m. May 5 against Big Nine foes Richland, Eisenhower and Moses Lake.
SHOT PUT - 1. Gerald Maib, 43-.5, Wa-Hi. 2. Kyle Woolcutt, 41-9, Wa-Hi. 3. Logan Reardon, 40-2.5, Wa-Hi. DISCUS - 1. Jake Robertson, 122-11, Wa-Hi. 2. Logan Reardon, 121-2, Wa-Hi. 3. Adam Futter, 117-3, Pendleton. JAVELIN - 1. Jake Robertson, 153-9, Wa-Hi. 2. Patrick McBee, 138-4, Pendleton. 3. Logan Reardon, 134-5, Wa-Hi. TRIPLE JUMP - 1. Jesus Ceron, 39-.50, Wa-Hi. 2. Fabian Argueta, 35-8, Pendleton. 3. Darnell Handcox, 35-5, Wa-Hi. HIGH JUMP - 1. Miguel Torres, 5-6. 2. Tanner Cranor, 5-6, Wa-Hi. 3. Nicholas Bushman, 5-2, Wa-Hi. LONG JUMP - 1. Jonah Hoe, 19-1, Wa-Hi. 2. Jesus Ceron, 18-6.50, Wa-Hi. 3. Petru Enache, 18-1, Pendleton. POLE VAULT - 1. Peter Sirmon, 11-0. 2. Dillon Lystell, 11-0, Pendleton. 3. Garret Kenny, 10-0, Wa-Hi. 100 - 1. Tyler Zyph, 12.23, Pendleton. 2. Petru Enache, 12.44, Pendleton. 3. Stuart Gillin, 12.45, Wa-Hi. 110 HURDLES - 1. Kyle Jameson, 16.75, Wa-Hi. 2. Jesus Ceron, 17.4, Wa-Hi. 3. Drew Wilke, 18.37, Wa-Hi. 200 - 1. Jonah Hoe, 23.69, Wa-Hi. 2. Jake Robertson, 24.0, Wa-Hi. 3. Tyler Zyph, 24.34, Pendleton. 400 - 1. Tyler Zyph, 54.8, Pendleton 2. Lathan Alger, 56.5, Pendleton. 3. Shawn Edwards, 59.19, Pendleton. 800 - 1. Aaron Nelson, 2:1.65, Wa-Hi. 2. John-Paul Wolpert, 2:2.14, Wa-Hi. 3. Austin Morgan, 2:2.86, Wa-Hi.
SHOT PUT - 1. Syndney Christensen, 33-11.5, Wa-Hi. 2. Katelyn Fliflet, 31-5.0, Pendleton. 3. Hayley Huntington, 27-4.5, Pendleton. DISCUS - 1. Syndney Christensen, 120-4, Wa-Hi. 2. Katelyn Fliflet, 88-9. 3. Megan Thompson, 86-6, Pendleton. JAVELIN - 1. Madeline Jacobson, 93-4, Wa-Hi. 2. Megan Thompson, 91-1, Wa-Hi. 3. Hayley Huntington, 83-1, Pendleton. TRIPLE JUMP - 1. Madeline Jacobson, 31-0, Wa-Hi. 2. Hannah Burns, 30-7.0, Wa-Hi. 3. Rebekah Heath, 29-1.0, Wa-Hi. HIGH JUMP - 1. Alexa Simcock, 4-6.0. 2. Alicen Freeman, 4-4.0, Wa-Hi. 3. Chelsah Fulsom, 4-4.0, Wa-Hi. LONG JUMP - 1. Ashley Cornia, 15-1.0, Wa-Hi. 2. Madison Elmenhurst, 14-6.0, Wa-Hi. 3. Alicen Freeman, 14-5.0, Wa-Hi. POLE VAULT - 1. Rebekah Heath, 8-0, Wa-Hi. 2. Jasmine Townsley, 7-6.0, Pendleton. 3. Jennifer Goodwin, 7-0.0, Wa-Hi. 100 - 1. Kailee Davissoon, 13.56, Wa-Hi. 2. Maggie Callan, 13.91, Wa-Hi. 2. Dominique Cox, 13.94, Wa-Hi. 100 HURDLES - 1. Ashley Cornia, 18.26, Wa-Hi. 2. Rebekah Heath, 18.48, Wa-Hi. 3. Hannah Mitchell, 18.74, Pendleton. 200 - 1. Kailee Davisson, 27.20, Wa-Hi. 2. Maggie Callan, 28.19, Wa-Hi. 3. Dominique Cox, 28.53, Wa-Hi. 300 - 1. Gabby Anderson, 50.8, Wa-Hi. 2. Sarai Seekamp, 50.54, Wa-Hi. 3. Anna Pettyjohn, 53.2, Wa-Hi. 400 - 1. Jessika McDonald, 1:07.11, Pendleton. 2. Hannah Moeller, 1:10.70, Wa-Hi. 3. Kassidy Willard, 1:10.83, Wa-Hi. 800 - 1. Rachel Nelson, 2:30.61, Wa-Hi. 2. Jocelyn Vargas, 2:36.39, Wa-Hi. 3. Catherine Feistner, 2:37.52, Wa-Hi.