The Colville High girlsâ€™ 4x100 relay team, top-ranked among Class 1A teams coming into last Friday and Saturdayâ€™s Class 1A state championships at Eastern Washington University, didnâ€™t disappoint. The team (from left: Tasha Luu, Chelsea Phillips, Malia Luu and Mackayla McLaughlin) turned in a 50.36 to win the State 1A championship.
CHS boys, girls
finish in top 10
The Colville High boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s track and field teams put a cap on a very successful season last Friday and Saturday at the State 1A track and field championships at Eastern Washington Universityâ€™s Woodward Stadium.
Highlight of the meet for the Indians was the state championship turned in by the 4x100 relay team (Mackayla McLaughlin, Malia Luu, Chelsea Phillips and Tasha Luu).
Colville, who came into the event top-ranked in the state over Northeast A League rival Riverside, held off the Rams, running a 50.36. The Rams hit the finish in 50.54. Lakeside was third (50.90).
â€śAll year, Colville and Riverside have gone one, two with each otherâ€¦it came down to the final race of the year,â€ť said CHS head coach, Ty Brown.
Earlier in the day, the foursome had finished fourth in the 4x200 relay (1:47.49). They had their sights set on something better in the 4x100.
Top-ranked and staying that way
â€śAfter a great season of improving week by week, they followed the script and finished off the year with a great victory,â€ť Brown said. â€śThis is something that they can look back on the rest of their lives and know they are state champions.â€ť
OTHER CHS HIGHLIGHTS
Colville junior Cainan Holte, who will be a force on coach Randy Cornwellâ€™s CHS football team this fall, capped an outstanding season in the field events with a third place finish in the discus (148-00). Holte made it to the discus finals by a scant inch before uncorking his 148-00 throw on his second attempt in the finals.
â€śCainan had a great first year experience on the team and we look forward to having him back next season,â€ť Brown said.
Senior hurdler Kevin Edler, top-ranked in the State in the 110 hurdles, sprained his ankle earlier in the week. Brown said he wasnâ€™t sure Edler would be able to compete at Cheney.
But Edler, running at about 80 percent efficiency because of the swollen ankle, qualified for the finals in the 110â€™s and managed a sixth place finish (15.58). He didnâ€™t qualify for the finals in the 300 hurdles.
â€śThis was pretty tragic for Kevin because of his commitment and desire to place at State,â€ť Brown said of Edler, who plans to run the hurdles in college. â€śWe are proud of him and what he did considering what he was up against this week.â€ť
Sophomore Kevin Carpenter, running in the 1600 and 3200, shook off disappointment in the 1600 to finish fourth in the 3200 (a new PR by 13 secondsâ€”9:47).
Carpenter had finished 13th in Fridayâ€™s 1600 (4:44).
â€śKevin was so excited,â€ť Brown said, adding that Carpenter was the only sophomore in the top five in the 3200. â€śHe is a great kid and we look forward to a couple more years with him in track and cross country.â€ť
Ethan Cabbage capped an outstanding senior season in the long jump, triple jump and high jump.
On Friday afternoon, Cabbage was in the expected showdown in the triple jump with fellow NEA rivals Cody Unfred of Freeman and Kyle Powell of Lakeside.
Three school records set in triple jump battle
The threesome certainly didnâ€™t disappoint.
Cabbage eventually finished third behind winner Unfred (45-05.25) and Powell (44-10).
Cabbage jumped 44-09.25.
â€śAll year these guys have battled it out in this eventâ€¦this meet was no different,â€ť Brown said. â€śAll three broke school records.â€ť
In the long jump and high jump events on Saturday, Cabbage tied for sixth in the high jump (6-2) and finished second in the long jump (a PR of 22-05.25).
Jake Clizbe of Kalama won the long jump (22-03.75).
Cole Smith of Hoquiam won the high jump (6-10).
In the 100 meters, senior Logan Carpenter ran ninth and failed to qualify in a very fast heat. Carpenter, who plans to run at Central Washington University, finished in a PR of 11.10.
â€śUnfortunately, Logan ran in a fast heat and finished third (top two and the next two fastest times qualify for the finals),â€ť coach Brown said. â€śLogan actually had faster times than a few that made the finals in slower heats.â€ť
Carpenter finished 12th in his heat final in the 200 meters.
â€śLogan had a great year and career on the track team,â€ť Brown added.
The CHS boys finished seventh with 30.50 points.
Hoquiam won the boyâ€™s team title with 55 points. Kalama was second with 48 and Charles Wright Academy was third with 47. Freeman finished fourth with 44.5 points.
Fellow NEA rival Newport, on the strength of record-setting Aaron Castleâ€™s double wins in the shot and discus, finished sixth with 34 points.
On the girlâ€™s side, the CHS girls finished eighth with 32 points.
Vining finishes seventh in javelin
Orting won with 59 points. Kingâ€™s was second with 52 points.
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Fellow NEA rivals Riverside and Lakeside finished sixth and seventh.
Junior Jacy Vining led the CHS throwers with a seventh place finish in the javelin (117-02).
â€śShe was disappointed in her performance, but she should consider that it was a wonderful year for her in that event,â€ť Brown said. â€śFinishing seventh at State is a great accomplishment.â€ť
Aubrey Buckner also competed in the javelin, but failed to qualify for the finals on her first three throws.
â€śShe was frustrated with her performance, but to make it to State in her first year in the event is great. She is excited to return next season and try to redeem herself.â€ť
Bucknerâ€™s best mark was 99-03.
Lexi Lehman capped her senior season with a mark of 86-0 in the discus. That mark didnâ€™t make the finals, â€śbut Lexi ended her year and high school track career on a good note by qualifying for the meet and going out in style,â€ť her coach said.
Chelsea Phillips, ranked second in the State behind Newportâ€™s Arielle Walden in the 100- meter hurdles, didnâ€™t disappoint and finished second to Walden in a time of 16.02. Walden won in a time of 15.45.
Malia Luu ran in the 100 -meter prelims and failed to qualify (PR time of 12.93). That was good for 10th overall.
In the 200 meters, Luu finished eighth (27.14).
Tasha Luu finished fifth in the high jump (5-0) and sixth in the triple jump (34-09.5).
Brown said he couldnâ€™t be more proud of his boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s teams this season.
â€śAside from the high winds, it was a wonderful meet and the team finished better than they have in the past few years,â€ť Brown added. â€śThis year was special in terms of the group of kids we had to work with. They all worked hard and were dedicated to reaching the goals that they set at the beginning of the year.
â€śI have to say that we as coaches are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such great student athletes. We look forward to improving on this next season.â€ť