Lakewood track wins home invite

Sophomore Taylor Guske leads the pack in the boys 1,600. -
Sophomore Taylor Guske leads the pack in the boys 1,600.
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While snow is not uncommon to Washington in early spring, it can throw a wrench in ones outdoor plans.
For Lakewood track, which hosted conference opponents Granite Falls and Cedarcrest in a March 27 meet, it required some adjustments.
We were able to hold all our races except the hurdles for safety reasons. We didnt contest the pole vault, said Lakewood coach Jeff Sowards. One of the jumps, I think the boys long jump was contested, and it was determined it was just a little too slick for that, so we cancelled the rest of the horizontal jumps. There was no high jump.
That was the first time that I ever recall something like that happening in a track meet, and Ive been involved in track for a long time, he added.
It also complicated the standings when the meet was done. While the boys handily held off the Tigers and Red Wolves, Cedarcrest made a much closer contest of the girls side, standings made even closer without several events in which Lakewood expected to be strong. A mistake in scoring by the Lakewood organizers named Cedarcrest the winners of the girls overall but, corrected, Lakewood won by a narrow margin.
Out of 13 events, the Lakewood boys finished 1-2 in more than half, winning nine events altogether. The girls won five of just 12 events without a long jump contest.
Junior Devon Smith gave his team two of their wins, holding off fellow Cougars for first place in the 100-meter dash (12.12) and the 400 (51.99). Freshman Andre Scott finished second in the 100 with a time of 12.30, while senior Terrence Ordonez took the silver to Smith with a mark of 54.30. Senior thrower Tawnya Hulslander was a double winner for the girls team, taking first in the discus and javelin with marks of 95-8 and 94 feet, respectively. Both marks were about 20 feet longer than the second-place finisher, which in both cases happened once again to be Lakewood athletes.
Distance proved a strength of both the Lakewood boys and girls, though the boys were particularly dominant. Lakewood won the boys 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Only one non-Cougar broke the top seven in the 1,600 an event won by sophomore Taylor Guske while Lakewood swept the top four finishes in the 800, with senior Chad Skiles besting his teammates. Senior Miles Rossow won the 3,200 with fellow Cougars finishing third, fourth and sixth.
For the girls, only Sarah Dunn took first in a distance event, winning the 800 in 2:31.27, but five different Lakewood runners finished in the top five in either the 800, mile or two mile.
Lakewood also claimed wins in the boys and girls 4x100 and 4x400 relays, while senior Rachael Hartmans shot put throw kept Hulslander from winning a hat trick of events. Lakewood senior James Prater edged teammate Cameron Hess to win the javelin while sprinter Scott took the long jump with a jump of 17-9.
Facing the season midpoint, Sowards praised the leadership of his seniors.
They get a chance at the beginning of the week Monday and they get to tell us what their goal is for this week, he said. Theyre right on with some of the things they want to see their team do.
Lakewood returns from spring break in a five-team invite at Kings April 10.

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