District 9 2B tracksters headed to district meet

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COLFAX - Waitsburg-Prescott's Kristin Potter and Eshom Estes, and DeSales' Allison Wujek, all won three events apiece at the District 9 2B Sub-District track meet here Wednesday.

Potter was first in the girls 100 meters in 13.48, the 200 in 27.49 and the 400 in 1:03.43.

Wujek won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.36, the high jump with a height of 5-feet-even and the long jump at 15-09.

On the boys side, Estes won the shot put, heaving the 12-pounder 45-00.5, as well as the discus at 142-04 and the javelin at 140.06.

"Eshom and Kristin continue to win their individual events," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said "They should go into districts with confidence and perform well again.

"(Estes) threw the discus where he needs to and continues to improve in both the shot and discus.

"Kristin runs relaxed and works hard in practice; this is not new territory for her."

"Our kids had a very good day," DeSales coach Mike Michels said, pointing out victories by Dani Hall in the javelin and Wujek's in the 100 meters, high jump and long jump. "I was especially impressed with our relay teams (with second-place finishes in the 1600 and 3200). I was really impressed with the effort they gave in the relays."

W-P's Seth Deal won the 1600 in 4:38.61 and the 3200 in 10:17.48.

"He's just tough," Bartlow said of Deal's day.

Dayton's Adam Strohbehn won the boys long jump at 19-03.25, was third in the triple jump at 38-00 and seventh in the high jump at 5-06.00.

W-P's James Thompkins won the 200 meters in 23.50, and teammate Jared Morris the 400 in 53.48.

DeSales' Hall won the girls javelin at 99-05.

W-P's 400 relay won the boys event in 45.49, and the 1600 relay won in 3:43.30.

The W-P girls likewise won the 400 relay in 54.32.

Walla Walla Valley Academy's Casey Roosma was second in the girls 400 in 1:04.26, third in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.59 and the 100 meters in 13.75, as well as fourth in the 200 in 28.53.

DeSales' Jessica Arnzen was second in the 800 in 2:34.68 and third in the 400 in 1:04.33.

W-P's Ronnie Hulce took second in the girls 100 hurdles in 17.38 and the 300 hurdles in 49.80, and tied for second in the high jump at 4-06.

DeSales' Megan Moberg placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 7-feet-even.

For the boys, WWVA's Brandon Bissell was second in the long jump at 19-feet-even and the triple jump at 38-01.25, fourth in the 100 meters in 12.17, as well as eighth in the high jump at 5-06.

DeSales' Joab Neri was second in the 800 meters in 2:15.14 and eighth in the 3200 in 11:55.59, teammate Nick Wales was runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles in 42.46 as well as the long jump at 18-11.50, and the Irish's Anthony Brown came in second place in the discus with a toss of 135-11.

And W-P's Antonio Thompkins was second in the high jump at 5-10, third in the 100-meter dash in 11.76 and fourth in the 200 meters in 24.79.

The Irish girls' 800 relay team of Arnzen, Moberg, Wujek and Jade Donnelly was second in 1:56.22, while DeSales' 1600 relay was runner up in 4:39.37.

W-P's Isabela Benito turned in a third-place finish in the girls 3200 in 14:22.80, and was seventh in the 1600 in 6:29.73, and teammate Kayla Huxoll was third in the girls javelin at 87-01.

For the boys, W-P's Nick Carpenter was third in the 3200 in 11:01.62, fifth in the 1600 in 4:58.62, and Ben Shafer finished third in the shot put at 39-04.75.

The top eight finishers at sub-district advanced to the District 9 2B Championship meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at Martin Field in Walla Walla. Athletes from Asotin, Dayton, DeSales, Garfield-Palouse/Colton, St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, Waitsburg-Prescott and Walla Walla Valley Academy in attendance.

Bartlow said he had six athletes on the bubble at sub-districts who all turned in district-qualifying performances. Shafer's third place in the shot, Peter Wilson's seventh in the discus, Austin Beasley's sixth in the triple jump, Amanda Cook's eighth in the discus, Krystal Harris' fifth in the shot put and Roy Ebong's fifth in the 800 meters all earned them district slots.

And Bartlow has high expectations for state qualifying, with the top two at the district meet advancing.

"We've got Ronnie Hulce, who was second in both hurdles, she's tough," he said. "And Kristin (Potter) in all three of her events. They're veterans. And our girls relay team.

"On the boys side, our relay teams ran well and are capable," Bartlow said, along with Deal's runs. "Eshom in all the throws. He went to state last year as a sophomore and was seventh in the javelin. He's capable in all three throwing event. His work ethic is so strong, he deserves it.

"Tony Tompkins in the high jump, he's got a good shot, and James (Thompkins) in the 200 should go. Jared Morris PR'd in the 400 and ran it tough. He's gotta work on his start.

"It's exciting, the kids are exciting time," Barlow said. "It's an exciting time of year."

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