Malia Luu has big day at Riverside
Colville High advanced 25 athletes to Friday and Saturday’s Northeast A/Caribou-Trail League Bi-District meet at Cashmere High School.
CHS, who won the regular season boy’s dual championship in the NEA (the girls were third), qualified 11 boys to Cashmere. Unbelievably, 14 of the 18 member Tribe girl’s team qualified for Bi-District.
The top four athletes from the lane events and the top six from the field events/distance races moved on to Bi-District.
The top three finishers in each event at Bi-District will qualify for the State 1A meet May 25-26 at Eastern Washington University.
CHS head coach Ty Brown said that going into last Saturday’s District 7 1A meet at Riverside High School that he’d be happy to get 24 athletes to Cashmere.
“We exceeded our goal there,” Brown said, adding that the focus was to try and “push the kids onto the regional meet and stay healthy for the last two weeks of the season.”
Malia Luu had a big day in the warm sun at Riverside last Saturday. She was a four-time winner at District, capturing the 100 (13.04), the 200 (26.32) and anchoring the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
The Colville 4x100 relay team of Malia Luu, Tasha Luu, Chelsea Phillips and Mackayla McLaughlin is still ranked No. 1 among state Class 1A teams.
“Malia is the anchor for a reason,” Brown said. “Both races at Riverside were close and Malia seemed to find a way to win.”
Also in the sprints, Alyona Gudima and McLaughlin qualified in the 100 meters and/or 200. Gudima was third in the 100 (13.47) and third in the 200 (26.95). McLaughlin was fourth in the 200 (27.27).
In the 400, Janessa Jensen just missed making it to Cashmere with a fifth place finish in the 400 ((1:04.81).
In the hurdles, Phillips was second in the 100 behind defending state champion Arielle Walden of Newport. Phillips ran a 16.78 and has her sights set on a PR this season, Brown said.
Looking for a PR
“Chelsea has been more consistent with her times, but she hasn’t run a PR yet this season,” Brown said. “With the increase in competition in the next few meets, she should run well.”
In the 300 hurdles, freshman Haley Jensen qualified with a third place finish (54.95).
The 4x400 relay team of Phillips, Joellee Buckner, Gudima and Janessa Jensen made the Bi-District field with a second place finish and a PR time of 4:22.69.
“Every meet, these girls lower their time,” Brown said. “They should be in contention to make it to the State meet.”
In the field events, senior Ashley Knight made it in the shot with a fourth place finish (32-05) and in the javelin with a fifth place finish (95-05).
Karli Brooks just missed in the shot with a seventh place finish.
“She has had a fantastic freshman season in the shot and we are expecting great things from her in the future,” Brown said.
The discus had three CHS qualifiers: Lexi Lehman finished third (86-01), Aubrey Buckner, fourth (85-07) and Kyle Brown, fifth (83-08).
In the javelin, junior Jacy Vining won the event with a throw of 120-03. Aubrey Buckner was second (119-00).
Tasha Luu was second in the high jump (5-2) behind state leader Jessica Chrisp of Riverside. Both girls cleared the same height, but Luu missed her first attempt at five-feet.
In the long jump, Joellee Buckner was fourth (14-2.25) and Amber Powell finished third (13-07.5).
In the triple jump, Tasha Luu finished second behind Waldren with a jump of 34-06.25.
“Tasha had all good attempts and should give others a run for their money in the next few meets,” Brown said.
For the CHS boys, Logan Carpenter finished second in the 100 meters behind Jake Wiley of Newport. Carpenter finished with a time of 11.36.
Nick Last just missed making the 100 Bi-District field with a time of 11.89.
In the 200 meters, Carpenter was third (22.8). Last qualified with a fourth place finish in the 200 (23.70).
Boy’s 4x100 DQ’d
The Colville boy’s 4x100 relay team didn’t have a good day. CHS ran out of the exchange zone in the first handoff and were disqualified.
“This was a disappointment, considering they were ranked in the top of the state rankings,” Brown said.
The team is made up of Edler, Alex Pond, Nick Last and Logan Carpenter.
With an injury to team member Garth Vaagen, hurdler Kevin Edler stepped in as the leadoff runner, but with little time to work on handoffs, “it wasn’t in the cards for them to move on,” Brown added. “Fortunately, all of the members made it in other events.”
In the distances, sophomore Kevin Carpenter made the Bi-District field in the 1600 with a third place finish (4:38.91). He was also third in the 32,00 (10:28.43).
Sergey Korovnik was sixth in the 3200 (10:50) and will run in Cashmere. His brother, Roman, just missed out with a seventh place finish (10:58).
In the hurdles, Edler won the 110’s with a time of 15.91. He was second in the 300’s.
Unfortunately, in the 110’s, the timing system failed during the race.
“Unfortunately, we aren’t sure what anybody’s time is,” Brown said.
That’s unfortunate because Chewelah’s Zach Schneider may have broken the school record in the event. But with no official time—who knows?
The Colville 4x400 team of Ryan Lytle, Edler, Jay Shoemaker and Ethan Cabbage qualified (3:47) in fourth place.
Holte comes up big
In the field events, Cainan Holte had a big day with PR’s in the discus and shot. He won the discus with a throw of 159-01 and was second in the shot (49-00).
Colton Thompson also made it in the discus with a toss of 122-10 and a sixth place finish.
Clayton Vining just missed qualifying in the javelin with a throw of 134-10 and seventh place.
“Clayton had a fantastic senior year and shouldn’t be disappointed with his performance,” Brown said. “It seems that seven is the loneliest number in a meet like this when only the top six make it to the next level. Sometimes it would feel better to finish 25th than seventh.”
Cabbage won the high jump (6-2) and Shoemaker was fourth (5-10).
Cabbage also made the Bi-District field in the long jump, where he finished third (19-11). He qualified in the triple jump, finishing sixth (40-01.25).
Pond was fourth in the long jump (19-07.25) and just missed out in the triple jump with a seventh place finish (39-03.75).
Brown said that host Cashmere is the team to beat from the CTL—both boys and girls. Cashmere was the the district champion on both sides of the ledger and won the title by nearly 200 points.
“In looking at their individual times and marks, we will be very competitive and our league should do well against them,” Brown said, adding that “we are in the fortunate situation of being part of a league (the NEA) that has tremendous competition. The NEA has several athletes and relay teams that lead the state. We even have a pair of athletes that are ranked nationally.”
Aaron Castle of Newport is ranked No. 2 nationally in the shot put and Anandae Clark is ranked fourth in the pole vault.
“When you compete against people of that caliber week in and week out, it makes you a better athlete and competitor,” Brown said.