New city track season brings new records, events

MARYSVILLE — More than 70 participants of all ages turned out to usher in the third season of the city of Marysville’s all-comers track meet.

With the third year of competition, organizers introduced a new event at the first of this summer’s four meets, bringing the triple jump to the field. In total, 60 new records were set July 23 at Marysville-Pilchuck, with nine competitors hitting new high marks in three or more events.

Ten-year-old Anfernee Gurley set six records at the summer’s first meet. He ran sub-10 second times in the 50-meter hurdles and 50-meter dash, also setting city-best times in the 200 with a time of 31.23 to win his heat, and the 400 where he ran a time of 1:22. He also set new best marks in the 9- to 10-year-old age group in the high jump and long jump.

Six-year-old Malakhi Knight set five records in the 5- to 6-year-old group, winning the 50 hurdles, 50, 100, high jump and long jump. In the 4-and-under category, Brad Johnson also set five records with new best marks in the softball throw, shot put, 50, 100 and 200. Jack Johnson was a three-event record-setter, raising the bar in the softball throw, shot put and 200 for 5- to 6-year-olds.

Ten-year-old Gabby Crenshaw set records in three events as well, with high marks in the 100, 200 and high jump.

In the teen-age groups, 16-year-old Melissa Webb set records in the 100, 100 hurdles and the triple jump, going 31-3 1/2 on just one jump. Also 16, Colton Rud set three field records with top marks in the long jump (16-8), high jump (5-6) and triple jump (36-9). Seventeen-year-old Khettery Un also set records in the long jump (13-0), high jump (5-0) and triple jump (30-2), her marks the best in the 17- to 18-year-old category.

Due to the event’s introduction that night, the other three triple jump competitors automatically set records in the contest, too. Jerrod Akins, 37, jumped 39-3 1/2, a best in the event’s debut. Mike Cull, 41, had a record at 34-7 1/2 and Alex Akins, 9, had his best jump on his first try, setting a record of 19-5 1/2.

While the meet has been around for a few years, athletic coordinator Dave Hall seems to expect records to continue falling for years to come as top competitors get a year old and set records in new age categories. One example was Bri Gibson, now 11, who set records in the 800 and 1,600 for the 11- to 12-year-old class for the first time.

In addition, Carter Edens was a winner in the jogger’s mile, correctly predicting his time and winning a t-shirt.

The second meet takes place July 30 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $3 per participant.

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