Kentwood’s St. Clair delivers two more golden runs

Kentwood sprinter Devin St. Clair faced his first significant challenge of the track season on Friday and Saturday during the West Central District meet at Mount Tahoma High.

Kentwood sprinter Devin St. Clair faced his first significant challenge of the track season on Friday and Saturday during the West Central District meet at Mount Tahoma High.

And by all indications, St. Clair aced the exam with flying colors.

Kentwood’s speedy junior blistered the oval, winning the 100 and 200 in 10.98 seconds and 22.97 seconds, respectively.

“It’s huge. Huge,” Kentwood coach Steve. Roche said. “This was really the first big test he had.”

The two victories helped St. Clair earn a berth in Friday and Saturday’s state track meet at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

But were his times fast enough to make St. Clair a favorite?

“I would think so,” Roche said. “Looking at the state cheat sheets, it’s close. … I would definitely say Devin is in the top-three range.”

Decatur star John Ezra Griffey entered the meet as the favorite in both the 100 and 200. However, nursing a sore hamstring, Griffey was unable to keep up with St. Clair, and didn’t make the finals in either event.

Griffey took second in the 200 and third in the 100 at the Class 4A state meet last year. He didn’t run at the league meet, but was automatically passed through to district.

But St. Clair’s big performance wasn’t the only highlight for the Conquerors last Friday and Saturday.

Cody Fishel outjumped C.J. Wright of Lincoln in the high jump. Both cleared 6-5, but Fishel won the tiebreaker by making it in fewer attempts. Dallin Grover of Kentlake was third at 6-4.

In addition, Lindsey Moore delivered in the javelin and high jump, taking first and second, respectively, in those events. Moore won the javelin with a toss of 120 feet, 7 inches. She delivered 5-foot, 5-inch leap in the high jump.

“She scored 18 points for us on Friday alone,” Roche said with a laugh.

Kentwood senior Chris Selvar, the defending 4A state champion in the 800 meters, was third in that event at West Central. Selvar clocked a 1:58.69. Jesse Jorgensen, a Puyallup sophomore, won in 1:56.74. South Kitsap junior Jon Phillips was second in 1:57.82. Selvar’s state-winning time last spring was 1:54.36.

Tahoma junior Savannah Johnson pulled off a state-qualifying triple. She tied for second in the triple jump (37 feet, 1 inch), ran third in the 200 meters (25.82 seconds), and placed fifth in the long jump (17-3 1/4). Bears senior teammate Rachel Meis made it in two events, taking fourth in the 200 (25.94) and sixth in the 100 (12.70).

Derek Eager of Tahoma also was a double qualifier. He took second in the javelin (171-4) and fourth in the discus (146-3).

Tahoma’s girls qualified in two relays: second in the 800 relay (1:44.77) and fourth in the 100 (49.57).

• ALSO: Tahoma senior Jonothan Lafler has a couple more shots at Miles Unterreiner. His rival from Gig Harbor won both distance events at district last weekend, with Lafler settling for third in one and fourth in the other. Unterreiner posted a 4:13.08 in the 1,600 meters, with Lafler third at 4:23.38. In the 3,200, Unterreiner won in 9:14.35; Lafler was fourth in 9:29.06. Lafler also was in pursuit of Unterreiner last fall, when the Tides standout won the district and state cross country titles, and also prevailed in the Border Clash all-star meet in Beaverton, Ore. Lafler placed second at district, fourth at state, and second at Border Clash. … Kentwood’s Steven Warner ran nearly stride for stride with Kent-Meridian’s Sean Harris in the 110 hurdles finals. Harris won in 14.73 seconds; Warner had a 14.76. Warner also was fourth in the 300 hurdles. …Kentlake’s Zach Smith and Taylor Angevine went 3-4 in the long jump, with Smith flying 22 feet, 2 1/4 inches and Angevine going 21-10 3/4.