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Tomahawk track disarms foes
MARYSVILLE M-P track hosted Oak Harbor and Meadowdale April 12, but the Tomahawks often found themselves vying for first place against teammates rather than guests.
Marysville-Pilchuck had nine pairs of athletes place one-two and 23 first-place finishes in its overwhelming team victories as the boys racked up 105 points to Oak Harbors 58 and Meadowdales 17, and the girls 123 points led Oak Harbors 35 and Meadowdales 22.
I dont know if they were real powerful opponents, but were turning into a pretty good track and field team on both sides, M-P head coach Randy Davis said after the meet. We have athletes spread across the continuum who can run far and jump high and throw well.
Freshman distance runner Kaylie Kimmell has continued to lead the pack for M-P, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33.69, besting the second-place finisher by four seconds. As the only female competitor, Kimmell took first in the girls 3200 as well, running a 12:34.92 against the meets boys. Marissa Schafer also placed in two distance events for M-P, taking fourth in the 800 at 2:39.06 and third in the 1600 at 5:45.21, just a sliver behind teammate Lauren Ainsworth.
M-P sprinter and jumper Cali Cull showed diverse strengths as she placed in three individual events, all of them behind teammates. Her 15-7 long jump was two inches shy of Alisha Odens first place performance. Cull also placed second to fellow Tomahawk Jade Hanson whose 5-2 high jump eclipsed her own 4-6 leap. Cull got the better of Hanson in the 100, but her 14.05 time placed her in third behind M-Ps Nicolette Runyan at 13.35 and Oak Harbors Carson McKole at 13.58.
In all, only two visiting girls pulled off a first-place finish as M-P also saw sophomore Alex McDonald win the 100 and 300 hurdles, Haley Nemra won the 400 and Oden ran a 27.08 200 for first. Robin Mueller continued a string of strong jumps, winning the pole vault at 10 after missing an attempt for a personal-best 10-4. Myranda Dudgeons 106 javelin throw was more than 25 feet better than the next female thrower, and Nancy Couls won the triple jump for M-P with a 33-3 leap.
The M-P boys team swept the hurdle events on their way to victory, taking the top four places in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Daniel Storch finished second in both events, his 17.99 in the 100 hurdles bested by Mark Panglinans 16.99 time and a 45.37 time in the 300 hurdles a second behind Travis Sanderson.
Rookie Kenny York continued to outhurl the competition, with a 154-3 javelin throw almost 20 feet better than teammate Philip Kleins second-place finish. Klein was second to another teammate in the discus as his 120-9 throw was short of sophomore Fono Vakalahis winning 139-4.
Elsewhere in the field, three inches gave Duane LaPeyri a win in the triple jump as he leapt 41-2. His 5-10 high jump was good for second place, which he eked out over teammate Brandon Greenes 5-8 jump for third place. LaPeyri took second in the 100 as well, his 12.02 time putting him between teammates Josh Raburg in first with 11.89 and Andy Abadams 12.12 for third.
The meet was an opportunity for a number of students to test their endurance and for others to try a different event, Davis said.
We very rarely run a kid unless its a thing like hurdles, shot and disc we dont run them in the same event. We give them a little variety, we think thats important to their development, Davis said.
Sometimes we train kids through meets, so sometimes kids run fatigued, he added. Were really pleased with their progress and their marks.