Wa-Hi sends five tracksters, relay team to state championships

The boys finished 12th and the girls were 15th at the regional meet.


SPOKANE - Wa-Hi qualified three girls, two boys and one girl's relay team for next weekend's Class 4A state meet during regional action that wrapped up here Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College.

In the team standings, the Blue Devil boys finished 12th and the girls 15th.

"The boys very, very good meet," said Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw. Aaron Nelson and Austin Morgan will both head to the state meet next week.

Austin Morgan finish second in the 800 (1:58.30) and Aaron Nelson was third in the 1600 in 4:18.52.

Morgan was in the lead throughout, but dropped into third place on the last 300 meters.

"He ran the last 200 meters on pure guts," Hisaw said. "He held off two kids and passed another in the last 10 meters to place second. It was so exciting for him to break out and earn his spot to state. He's worked so hard."

And Nelson had a solid day. He finished fourth in the 3200 Friday night, missing qualifying in that event.

"He did a fantastic job of regrouping mentally and attacking the race today," Hisaw said. "He ran his best mile of the year."

On the girls side, Maddie Jacobsen was third in the javelin, throwing 126 feet, 9 inches. Sydney Christensen was second in the discus at 125-6.

Jacobsen and Christensen were both behind in their events before the final throws.

Jabobsen moved from sixth place to fourth, while Christensen was fourth in the shot put Friday and was struggling in the discus.

"On her last throw of her high school career, she stepped into the ring and let one fly," Hisaw said. "It took off and just sailed. She went from fourth to second to qualify for state."

Kailee Davisson ran to a 58.16 in the 400 for second place, breaking the Wa-Hi school record.

And Davisson, Ashley Cornina, Dominique Cox and Maggie Callan placed second in the 4x400, with a school-record finish of 4:01.25.

"They all have just been a thrill to watch," Hisaw said. "They are so competitive and do not give an inch to anyone. They are going to state with a chance to place."

Although those eight Blue Devils will head to state, Hisaw was pleased the whole team.

"We had a ton of kids place along the way with PR's and super competition," Hisaw said.

On the boys side, Jonah Hoe finished eighth in the 400 (52.54), John-Paul Wolpert was sixth in the 1600 in 4:21.86. Nelson got fourth (9:21.57), Wolpert sixth (9:24.39) and Greggory Heller 14th (10:07.35) in the 3200.

Jesus Ceron clocked a 16.73 in the 110 hurdles, good enough for eighth, and yle Jameson ran a 40.11 (fourth) and Sawyer Neiffer jumped to a 41.30 (seventh) in the 300 hurdles.

The boys 4x100 relay team got sixth (45.43). It consisted of Hoe, Miguel Torres, Michael Matthews and Robert Miller. The other boys relay team was the 4x400 foursome of Jameson, Torres, Matthews and Miller. They got a fifth-place finish (3:28.04).

Logan Reardon placed 15th in the shot put at 43-6 and 15th in the javelin at 142-11. Jake Robertson was seventh in the javelin at 161-10, sixth in the high jump at 5-10 and eighth in the triple jump at 40-9.75.

Torres placed ninth in the high jump at 5-8 and Ceron was ninth in the long jump at 20-2.25 and 11th in the triple jump at 39-6.

On the girls side, Rachel Nelson was sixth in the girls 1600 (5:21.68) and 3200 (11:30.27). Gabby Anderson recorded a fourth (15.99) in the 100 hurdles and Megan Thompson finished 13th in the discus at 95-4.

In the javelin, Thompson was 13th at 99-5.

In the pole vault, Rebekah Heah was 14th (8-6). In the triple jump, Torrin Crawford as ninth (33-7). Madeline Jacobson jumped to a 14th (31-10.50) and Elizabeth Wood was 15th (31-7).


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