PASCO — Cougar athletes made a trip to Eastern Washington on Saturday, April 13, to compete in the largest one-day high school track and field meet in the nation.
“There are teams from all over — Washington, Oregon, Idaho — and the standards are very stiff to get in,” said Lakewood coach Jeff Sowards. “You go to a meet like that to prepare for the state meet.”
The Pasco Invitational drew more than 100 schools from Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and Lakewood qualified 20 athletes for the event.
The boys distance medley team of Preston Davis, Drew Cabales, Douglas Davis and Alex Cooper took sixth place with a time of 11:02.47.
Senior Ariel Jensen took eighth place in the girls 400-meter race with a time of 59.76. Junior Tristan Nelson took 13th place in the boys discus with a throw of 137-04.
Junior Skylar Cannon took 15th place in the girls javelin with a final throw of 109-05. Junior Andrew Stich took 15th place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.64. The girls distance medley team of Britney Albro, Stephanie Smith, Darby Throndsen and Rachel Sowards took 16th place with a time of 13:57.32. Sophomore Brett Bustad took 29th place in the boys triple jump with a distance of 39-11.5. Senior David Otte took 30th place in the boys shot put with a final distance of 43-1.5. Junior Mitchell Darrah took 41st place in the 3,200-meter race with a final time of 10:21.73.
DeAsia Callanan took 43rd place in the girls long jump with a final distance of 13-03. Freshman Josh Dickey took 32nd place in the 100-meter preliminaries with a time of 12.05.
The runners at Lakewood High School broke two school records and set many personal ones at the Birger Solberg Invitational, at the Civic Field Athletic Complex in Bellingham on April 6, a week before the Pasco Invitational.
“We had 60 kids that competed and they all did really well,” said Sowards. “We had two school records broken. One was Ellen Knowles, who broke the record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, and Ariel Jensen, who broke the record in the 800-meter.”