CHENEY - It's not often that you can say a high finish at a track meet is truly a team effort.
But that was the case at Eastern Washington's Roos Field Saturday as the Pomeroy boys' 4x100-meter and 4x400 relay teams earned a pair of first-place finishes for the Pirates en route to a third-place team finish in the Class 1B state championships.
"Coming off our second-place finish last year, it was great to have a group of kids who came back and worked so hard to do well again this year," Pomeroy coach Adam Van Vogt, who is celebrating his 10-year anniversary at Pomeroy this year, said.
"It was a blessing for me to have a great group of kids who put all they had into it this year," he said.
Just two Pomeroy girls made the cut for their finals, but those two alone earned a 15th-place team finish, with Kindsey Bott winning the javelin (118-09) and Taylor Prince placing fourth in the vault (7-00).
"She (Bott) threw great," Van Vogt said. "It was a little bit windy and despite that she held up. It was good to see her get a win and finish up her senior year with one."
The boys relay teams, consisting of Jacob Moore, Brendan Lueck, Austin Reisdorph and Tory Knebel, finished in 45.65 seconds in the 4x100 and 3:38.95.
Reisdorph and Knebel each had strong individual finishes in their respective events as well.
Reisdorph finished second in both the 200 and 400 sprints (23.95 and 53.40, respectively).
Knebel took second in the 100 sprint with a 11.65 in between shot put throws in which he finished third with a 41-foot, 6-inch throw.
"Him (Reisdorph) and Tory both, you add up how many first, second and third's they had together, that's a pretty special thing," Van Vogt said. "I don't know what to say, it was a lot of fun to watch."
The Pirates also picked up team points from Jon Atchley, who finished third in the pole vault with a 12-00 leap.
Jesse Koller tossed the discus 102-08 for a seventh-place finish and Jacob Moore lept 10-00 in the pole vault to round out the male finalists.