PASCO — DeSales’ Allison Wujek soared to second place in the high jump here Saturday in action at the 107-team Pasco Invite track and field meet.
Wujek tied her school record with a jump of 5-feet-04. Her mark was the highest height cleared as Tierra White out of Rogers High in Spokane also cleared 5-04, but White won the high jump on fewer misses.
“Allison hit the bar with her calf on the way down at 5-06 or she would have had (the) higher (mark),” DeSales coach Mike Scheel said. “Jump coach Terry Cirkpatrick has worked with her and has gotten her ready.”
Madelyn Sirmon led the Wa-Hi contingent as Sirmon, the defending state 4A girls javelin champion, threw 132-00 Saturday to finish third. Karen Bulger, of Northwest Christian out of Lacey, Wash., had the best throw of the day with a 146-05 heave.
“Not her best day,” Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said of Sirmon’s meet. “But not terrible as she was throwing into a head wind.”
Katrina Tonhdavong went 131-04 in the discus for the Blue Devils. Tonhdavong earned fifth place as Kamiakin’s Elisa Grandemange got off a 142-06 throw to win. Wa-Hi also picked up a 10th finish in the discus, as Madison Doepker broke the 120-foot plateau with a 120-05 effort.
Wa-Hi’s 4x100 relay team came home sixth as Kentwood won the race in 42.78. The Blue Devil team of Darnell Handcox, Ethan Gardner, Stuart Gillin and Tyler Kinney clocked a 43.19 to finish sixth.
“43.19 was their best time of the year,” Hisaw said of his relay team. “They are in great shape with five weeks to go.”
Rob Thonney turned in an impressive performance in the 300 hurdles for the Blue Devils. Thonney ran a 41.88.
“Rob broke the 42 barrier,” Hisaw commented. “Really a good run.”
Ethan Gardner turned in a lifetime best in the 200. Gardner made the finals and ran 22.89 to finish seventh behind Ephrata’s Jon Green who ran a 21.87 to win.
DeSales other Pasco Invite qualifier, Juan Cortez, ran his best time of the year. Cortez covered the 3200 meters in 10:07.
“Last year, Juan ran a 10:05 and just missed qualifying for state,” Scheel said.
DeSales travels to Burbank Tuesday.
Wa-Hi opens the Mid Columbia Conference season at Hanford Thursday.
“We weren’t spectacular today,” Hisaw summarized. “We didn’t fall flat on our face in any event. We’ve just got to get after it now.”