Led by the Luu sistersâ€”Tasha and Maliaâ€”Colville qualified a strong contingent of athletes to Friday and Saturdayâ€™s WIAA/ Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires State 1A Track & Field Championships at Eastern Washington Universityâ€™s Roos Field.
Head coach Ty Brown and his staff will take seven girls to a meet they have the opportunity to score significantly in.
Colville is coming off a second place regional finish last Saturday afternoon to fellow Northeast A League power Riverside. The Rams won the meet with 106 points. Colville finished second with 91. Third place Lakeside made the girlâ€™s regional race a 1-2-3 NEA sweep over their rivals from the Caribou-Trail League.
Chelan led CTL girlâ€™s teams with 80 points. Newport was fifth with 71 points. Cashmere was sixth with 68.5 points. Freeman was seventh, 58 points, and Okanogan and Omak finished tied for eighth with 36 points. Cascade (Leavenworth) was 10th (31 points) and Chewelah was 11th (28 points). Tonasket was 12th with 10 points.
On the boyâ€™s side, Colville High was fourth in the team race at the regional with 81.5 points.
Lakeside won with 114 points. Freeman was second with 97 points and Cashmere was third with 84.
Riverside was fifth with 57 points and Newport was one point behind in sixth place. Tonasket was seventh with 45 points and Cascade was eighth with 37 points. Chewelah finished ninth with 28.5 points and Okanogan was 10th with 22 points. Chelan finished 11th with 21 points. Omak was last with 20 points.
Hastings wins two
The CHS boys qualified four in seven events: Ethan Cabbage in the long jump and triple jump; Colton Hastings in the 1600 and 3200; Alex Pond in the javelin and Logan Carpenter in the 100 (met qualifying standard) and 200.
For the Colville girls, Tasha Luu will go in the long jump, high jump, triple jump and 4x100 relay. Malia Luu qualified in the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay.
Senior Chelsee Sager qualified in the javelin and Mackayla McLaughlin qualified as a member of the 4x200 relay team and as an alternate on the 4x100 relay team.
Chelsea Phillips qualified in the 100-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
Senior Alaina Kowitz qualified in the 1600 and Jenny Andres qualified as a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
Amber Powell will go as a 4x200 relay alternate.
Brown said that his girls, who won the NEA and district championships over Riverside, came into last Saturdayâ€™s meet with another of a long laundry list of goalsâ€”a regional championship.
â€śWe knew it would be tough against the powerful Riverside team,â€ť Brown said of his girlâ€™s teamâ€™s ongoing spring battle with the Rams. â€śThe main goal was to get as many people through the meet to State as possible.
â€śBut it sure would have been extra nice to come away with a regional crown. Our goals have been to win the league (check), district (check), the regional (second) and State. We suffered a bit of a hiccup in the regional meet, but the girls are excited to have people in 10 events at the State meet.â€ť
With athletes in 10 events Friday and Saturday at Eastern, the Indians are at least a legitimate dark-horse candidate for a team championship.
â€śGoing into the State meet, I would think that Kingâ€™s, last yearâ€™s boyâ€™s winner, would be a favorite,â€ť Brown figured. I think the team to watch will be Lakeside.
â€śOn the girlâ€™s side, I would consider Bellevue Christian and La Center to be favorites. But you canâ€™t rule out Riverside, and, of course, I feel that our girls from Colville will be well represented with 10 events covered. I have a good feeling going into this meet.â€ť
Junior Tasha Luu had another outstanding meet. In a meet hampered for a time by heavy rain, Luu won the high jump (5-4). The leap was one inch under her season and career best. She finished second in the long jump (15-05) and the triple jump (35-02). She leads off the qualifying CHS 4x100 relay team that placed second to Chelan with a time of 51.74. Her teammates on that relay team are Jenny Andres, Chelsea Phillips and sister Malia.
Malia Luu, like her sister, will be busy at State with four events.
She won the 200 meters at regionals with a PR of 26.68. Luu finished a close second in the 100 meters to fellow Riverside freshman, Maddi Dykeman.
Luu also anchors the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Also on the CHS 4x200 relay team are Jenny Andres, Mackayla McLaughlin, and Chelsea Phillips.
The Colville 4x200 relay team came in ranked no. 3 in the regional and ran a blistering PR of 1:47.24 to shave four seconds off their previous best.
Phillips qualified in three events with the relays and 100- meter hurdles (third). Her 16.34 set a new PR for Phillips.
Kowitz ran one of the grittiest races of the day in finishing third in the rain-soaked 1600.
â€śAlaina has been improving so much this season,â€ť Brown said. â€śThe last two weeks for her have been great.â€ť
A strong run in a heavy downpour
The senior was able to get some distance between herself and fourth place Megan Ahrendt of Lakeside on the final lap.
Kowitz finished third in a time of 5:28.09 (PR). She was seventh in the 800 (2:38.21).
Fellow senior Chelsee Sager came up big in the javelin, qualifying for State with a throw of 122-01 and a new PR.
â€śChelsee was up against some tough competition and was up to the challenge,â€ť Brown said.
Savannah Smith, Jacy Vining, Ashley Knight and Alison Price all competed well, but didnâ€™t finish in the top three in their respective events.
â€śThat was a bittersweet ending to a long season,â€ť Brown said. â€śThese girls all competed well and came away with good performances and a taste for tough competition, and hopefully, a drive to improve and compete next year.â€ť
On the boyâ€™s side, Colton Hastings came up big in the clutch. The senior, a standout on the CHS cross-country team, â€ścame in healthy and strong,â€ť according to his coach.
Hastings came away with PRs in both the 1600 and 3200. In the 1600 (4:33.82), he ran a smart race by going out easily, according to Brown.
â€śHe saw what the other runners had in mind and kept with the pack until the last lap when he took the lead and gained some room down the stretch to outpace Lakesideâ€™s Ryan Coffman and Ryan Rojeski,â€ť Brown said.
In the 3200, Hastings used his patented kick to out-run three competitors in the final 300 meters.
â€śI have to admit that I was a little concerned until he blew by the two Lakeside runners in the last 80 meters,â€ť Brown said, adding that â€śColton has a great kick and it was nice to see such an aggressive finish to a great race.â€ť
Logan Carpenter qualified in both the 100 and 200-meter races. His fifth place finish in the 100 was still good enough for a visit to Eastern this weekend because he had met the qualifying time of 11.42.
Carpenter ran a PR of 11:28 at Riverside on Saturday. He finished third in the 200 (23.33).
Carpenter also competed with his teammates, Alex Pond, Garth Vaagen and Zach Hull, in the 4x100 relay. Colville ran a 45.42, good for sixth place.
Pond came through with a breakthrough throw in the javelin. The junior went 161-04 to get a third place finish on the podium and a trip to State. He finished behind two Okanogan throwers.
â€śAlex has been stuck in the 150-foot range all season and it was nice to see him improve and peak at the right time,â€ť Brown acknowledged. â€śWe hope he can carry this over to State and pop a good one.â€ť
Ethan Cabbage, despite being under the weather and something less than 100 percent, had a very good meet. The junior qualified for State in the long and triple jumps and came up just short in the high jump.
He set a new PR in the long jump (20-11) and won the event. In the triple jump, he went 42-10 to finish second. Cabbage couldnâ€™t get to six-feet in the high jump and settled for a fourth place tie with Chewelahâ€™s Adam Collins.
â€śLike the girls, the guys who did not qualify came away from the meet disappointed, but they should be proud of their year and for their teammates that are moving on,â€ť Brown said. â€śThey are a big part of the success of this program and should be proud to say that they were a part of the 2011 Colville track and field program. Colby Teibel, Cal Maddox, Kevin Edler, Kevin Carpenter, Billy Rogers, Cainan Holte, Zach Hull, Biagio Pietroburgo and Garth Vaagen should all feel good about their seasons.â€ť
100 metersâ€”5. Logan Carpenter, 11.28.
200 metersâ€”3. Carpenter, 23.33.
1600 metersâ€”1. Colton Hastings, 4:33.82. 4. Cal Maddox, 4:46.96.
3200â€”1. Hastings, 10:05.30. 7. Kevin Carpenter, Colville, 10:27.90.
110 meter hurdlesâ€”3. Zack Schnieder, Chewelah, 40.91.
Shot putâ€”3. Will Peters, Chewelah, 52-02.25.
Discusâ€”3. Peters, 156-04. 4. Colby Teibel, Colville, 140-11.
Javelinâ€”3. Alex Pond, Colville, 161-04.
High jumpâ€”4. Ethan Cabbage, Colville, 5-10. 4. Adam Collins, Chewelah, 5-10.
Long jumpâ€”1. Cabbage, 20-11.
Triple jumpâ€”2. Cabbage, 42-10.
100 metersâ€”2. Malia Luu, Colville, 12.84. 4. Samantha Beamer, Chewelah, 12.99.
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200 metersâ€”1. Malia Luu, 26.68. 6. Beamer, 27.94.
400 metersâ€”5. Beamer, 1:04.44.
1600 metersâ€”3. Alaina Kowitz, Colville, 5:28.09.
3200 metersâ€”6. Alison Price, Colville, 12:42.70. 7. Christina Hall, Chewelah, 12:44.80.
100 meter hurdlesâ€”3. Chelsea Phillips, Colville, 16.34.
300 meter hurdlesâ€”6. Savannah Smith, Colville, 54.33.
4x100 relay (Jenny Andres, Tash and Malia Luu, Chelsea Phillips), 2nd, 51.74.
4x200 relay (Andres, Mackayla McLaughlin, Phillips, Malia Luu), 2nd, 1:47.24.
Shot putâ€”5. Makayla Earl, Chewelah, 35-08. 7. Chelsee Sager, Colville, 33-00.25.
Discusâ€”5. Earl, 103-03.
Javelinâ€”3. Sager, 122-01. 7. Jacy Vining, Colville, 101-05. 10. Ashley Knight, Colville, 93-11.
High jumpâ€”1. Tasha Luu, Colville, 5-4.
Long jumpâ€”2. Tasha Luu, 15-10.50.
Triple jumpâ€”2. Tasha Luu, 35-02. 3. Beamer, 34-00.50.