Records fall for Kentlake at league track meet

Tahoma’s Dallas Hayes wins boys shot put and discus while Tucker Mjelde took home pole vault title with a new school record

Records were shattered while league titles were collected as track and field athletes qualified for the West Central District championship meet set for Friday and Saturday at French Field at Kent-Meridian.

Track and field athletes from Kentwood, Kentlake and Tahoma high schools are headed to the district prelims today.

A half dozen Kentlake school records fell at the South Puget Sound League track and field meet while 12 athletes advanced to districts in individual events as well as two relays.

Brandon Parks broke the Kentlake school record for javelin with a throw of 141 feet 6 inches, Alex Martinez broke his record in the 3200 meters with a time of nine minutes 38.14 seconds, Tori Lanza broke the record for the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 44.82 seconds and Terra McGinnis beat the school record in the 1600 meters with a time of 5 minutes 11.78 seconds. The girls four by 400 relay of Lanza, McGinnis, Marisa Lytle and Jessica Kuntz set a new school record with a time of 4 minutes 7.74 seconds. The 400 relay of Galvizo, Lytle, Peters and Timary Mathena also set a new school record with a time of 50.82.

Also advancing for Kentlake were Jake Bailey in shot put and discus, Travis Rogers in discus, Gabe Gonzales in the 400 meters, Vince Menickelly in long jump, Lizzy Reichlinger for pole vault, Avalyne Peters in triple jump and high jump, Kaela Galvizo in 100 meter dash and Megan Lande in discus.

Top league finishers for Kentwood included Brandon Stribling and Bailey Paladin in the 100 and 200 meter events, Terence Grady in 100 meter hurdles and discus, Mitchell Cox in javelin, Treyvon Floyd in high jump, Stribling in long jump, Amari Bradley in the 400 meters, Tessa Carlin in the 800 meters, Haley Larson in discus, Sara Roberts in javelin, Carly Horn and Brittany Woke in high jump, and Sarah Toeaina in long jump and triple jump.

Senior Beth Parrish won the pole vaulting event for Kentwood with a height of 10 feet, six inches.

The Kentwood boys 400 relay of Derrick Bell, Ivan Semerenko, Paladin and Stribling finished second and broke the school record with a time of 42.65. The girls 400 relay of Beth Parrish, Zaria Jones, Bradley and Malea Munoz also qualified for districts as did the boys 1,600 relay of Varrick Anderson, Semerenko, Robin Cheema and Paladin and the girls 1,600 relay of Lindsay Tyler, Carly Horn, Carlin and Bradley.

Toeaina along with Dallas Hayes and Elizabeth Oosterhout, both of Tahoma, were named SPSL track and field athletes of the year.

Top finishers from Tahoma included Paige Hammock in the 100 meter dash, Delaney Tiernan and Oosterhout in the 800 meters and 1,600 meters, Oosterhout in the 3,200, Savanna Haverfield and Hammock in the 100 meter hurdles as well as 300 meter hurdles, Claire Whiting and Kylie Eager in shot put. Eager, a senior, also was a top finisher in discus while Haverfield and Rosie Lind performed well in javelin. Also among the top finishers for the Bears were Danielle Agoh, who did well in the long jump as well as triple jump, and Olivia Ranft in long jump. Boys advancing for Tahoma include league wins in shot put and discus for Dallas Hayes, a javelin win for Denham Patricelli, and a pole vault win for Tucker Mjelde. Other top finishers were Jacob Contreras in the 100 meters, Brendan Newell in the 800 meters, Riley Campbell in the 1,600 meters, James Dagley and Campbell in the 3,200, Brock Eager in discus, and Anthony Gasero in javelin.

The Tahoma girls 400 relay of Hammock, Jennifer Barrack, Agoh and Haverfield qualified for the district meet along with the boys 400 relay of Caleb Brown, Brennan Toomey, Tyler Gage and Contreras, as did the boys 1,600 relay of Contreras, Brendan Newell, Patricelli and Toomey.

Mjelde broke his school record in pole vault when he flew 14 feet, 6 inches. Mjelde, a junior this year, said breaking the old school record of 14-3 was his goal since his freshman year and he was looking forward to the chance to improve it even more.

The top three finishers in each event at districts will automatically be advanced to the state meet that begins May 23.

At practice Monday Hammock said the challenge is to be at your best every week of the post season.

“You want to do enough to do well but you don’t want to tire yourself out,” Hammock said.

In track and field, unlike in some other sports, there are no automatic qualifying standards that can assure an athlete a trip to state.

“It’s mainly just qualifying for state each time,” Haverfield said of her post season goals. “It’s one false start and you’re out.”