Pirate boys 400 relay, Hocking win at state

Pomeroy's boys 400 relay and pole vaulter Brielle Hocking bring home state titles.

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Pirate Brielle Hocking tied the state record while winning the pole vault title with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches.

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Tory Knebel finishes the Pomeroy boys' state-title run in the 400 relay.

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CHENEY - Pomeroy grabbed a second-place finish in boys state Class 1B track, and tied the girls 1B pole vault mark, in action here at the state meet Saturday.

Mount Rainier Lutheran earned 80 points to win the boys team title, and the Pirates amassed 53.5 points to come home with the second-place trophy.

Brielle Hocking was the story for the Pirate girls. Hocking, a senior, capped her Pirate career with a personal best and state-record tying effort in the pole vault by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches to win the girls' title.

Sara LaPape and Taylor Price also finished in the money in the pole vault. LaPape took sixth with a 7-06 effort, and Price was seventh at 6-06.

"It was a fun meet with the boys' finish and tying the state (girls) pole vault record," Pirate coach Adam Van Vogt said. "We have some athletic kids who worked hard. It's fun to coach when they work so hard. It's fun to see the hard work pay off and the kids reap the rewards."

The 400 boys relay team of Jacob Moore, Jose Cruz, Austin Reisdorph and Tory Knebel led the boys' charge as they ran to a state championship.

The same relay team brought home a silver ribbon in the 1600.

Reisdorph, a Pirate sophomore, placed in all four of his events.

Reisdorph added a third in the 200 and a fifth in the 400 to go with his contributions to the first- and second-place finishing relay teams.

Knebel ran to a sixth-place finish in the 100 to add to the Pirate total.

In the field events, the Pirates placed three in the pole vault competition.

Kenny Carr cleared 11-03 to finish second just behind the winner Bickleton's Nic Venema's 11-06 effort.

Kai Ledgerwood tied for fifth with a vault of 10-06, and Cruz took eighth with a vault of 9-06 to give the Pirates second, fifth, and eighth place points in the pole vault.

Derek Anderson heaved the shot 41-05.5 to finish fourth. North River's Alex Fletcher captured the state shot put title with a 46-00.25 effort.

Mac Wolf jumped to a fifth in the boys long jump to add points to the second-place finish.

"The boys performed really well," Van Vogt said. "We knew we had a chance (coming in). We met and exceeded expectations. It is our most successful (state) meet since our 2003 state title."

Kindsey Bott turned in a fourth-place jump in the girls long jump.

Bott, along with HayLee Koller, Collins and, Hakin ran to a sixth-place finish in the girls 400 relay.

Hocking, Koller, LaPape, and Caleb Morgan earned seventh-place points for the Pirates in the 1600.

The Pirate girls earned 28 points to tie for eighth as Mount Rainier Lutheran completed the team sweep with 83 points to earn the girls title to go with its boys title.

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