Pirate trio qualifies for district meet

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CHATTAROY, Wash. - Three Pomeroy track and field athletes qualified for the Northeast 1B District meet in four events here Tuesday during Northeast District's 1B-2B team championships at Riverside High School.

The top eight finishers in laned events and the top 12 in unlaned and field events from each classification advanced to the 1B and 2B district meets, which will be held Thursday at Whitworth University in Spokane. The top two finishers in each event at district move on to state competition the following weekend at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Tory Knebel, Brendan Lueck and Austin Reisdorph each qualified twice in individual events, and they each ran legs on winning Pirate relay teams as Pomeroy finished first among nine Class 1B schools in the team scoring with 125 points.

Pomeroy placed fourth in a field of 11 Class 1B girls teams with 91 points, led by Torrie Koller, Kindsey Bott, Kelsey Collins and Deanna Melvoen. Koller advances to district in two individual events and two relays, Bott in three individual events and Collins and Melvoen once each individually and in two relays.

"We had a lot of kids perform well and set personal bests," Pomeroy coach Adam Van Vogt said. "I was thrilled at our teams' performances and very happy at all the success stories."

Knebel won the shot put with a heave of 38 feet, 11 inches, and placed second in the 100 meters in 11.67 seconds, losing to Columbia-Hunters' Dominic Marquez in a photo finish. Lueck was sixth in the 100 in 12.21 and sixth in the long jump at 17-3 1/4. And Reisdorph was second in the 400 in 53.46 and third in the 200 at 24.31.

"It is really a good sign that we had so many runners do so well in the sprints, because our district is the fastest 1B district in the state based on current times," Van Vogt said.

Jacob Moore joined the trio of sprinters in two winning relay teams. Moore ran the first leg and Knebel the anchor as the Pirates won the 400 in 45.86, and Lueck led off and Reisdorph finished for a 3:42 winning time in the 1,600.

"This is the first time this season that our four-by-one broke under 46 seconds," Van Vogt. "Their time is almost identical to their winning time at last year's state meet, and they are excited to defend their title."

Moore and Jon Atchley will compete at district in three events each.

Atchley won the pole vault at 11-6, placed third in the javelin with a throw of 130-3 and was sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 35-10 3/4. Moore, in addition to his two relay efforts, placed second in the pole vault at 11 feet even.

Pomeroy's Jesse Koller won the discus with a spin of 117-5, and he placed fourth in the shot put at 35-7. Wyatt Jenkins finished third in the discus at 99-9 and was eighth in the javelin at 112-8. Jacob Desjardin took fifth in the 400 with a time of 56.64 and placed seventh in the 200 at 25.33.

Michael Wade cleared 8-6 for fifth in the pole vault and placed 11th in he 800 in 2:34. Cole Mayfield was fifth in the pole vault at 8-6 and was 10th in the long jump with a leap of 16-3. Blaine Reisdorph cleared 8 feet for eighth in the pole vault and fired the javelin 102-6 for 12th place.

Sam Lindekugal also placed in two events, 11th in the shot put (32-9) and 12th in the discus (87-11). Stevie Fletcher earned a district berth with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 (12:19) and Mike Wymore placed 11th in the shot put (32-9).

Torrie Koller placed fourth in the girls high jump at 4-4 and fifth in the triple jump at 28-2. She also ran the anchor legs on Pomeroy's fourth-place finish in the 400 relay (59.44) and fifth-place 800 relay (2:04).

Collins, Melvoen and Cheyenne Miller were Koller's relay teammates, with Collins running the first leg in both races. Collins also placed eighth in the 200 (31.61) and Melvoen was 12th in the triple jump (28-2).

Bott was the Pirates' outstanding individual performer as she won the javelin at 108-10, placed second in the high jump at 4-6 and was third in the shot put with a mark of 31-7. Amanda Bingman placed fourth in the discus (84-11) and 10th in the shot put (26-3). And Taylor Prince won the pole vault, clearing 7 feet for her lone district ticket.

"Kindsey had a great meet," Van Vogt said of Bott's effort. "She won the javelin, and her shot put and high jump marks are also impressive considering it was just the second time all year she has competed in those events.

"I am very excited to see what we can do next week at the state-qualifying meet. I hope we can continue our trend upward as the season winds down."

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