Philomath meet results

Philomath track and field meet results

Under sunny skies, the Husky tracksters tangled with the Philomath Warriors and the Sisters Outlaws April 4.

“This was an extremely high-powered meet for so early in the season,” said Coach Billy Snow. “The Sisters girls were third at state last year and have nearly all their girls back while the Warrior girls were sixth with the same situation, having most of their crew back this year. The guys side was just about as tough with the Warriors coming off a second place finish at state last year while Sisters has a much improved squad.”

The Huskies competed extremely well, even in those events or areas where they did not necessarily score, Coach Snow said.

“Our goal was to step up and compete hard and see what happened,” Coach Snow said. “We were shooting for 50% PR’s for the night. The boys squad was humming along, hitting 34 PR’s in 60 attempts for a 60% total. The girls weren’t far behind, going 23 out of 53 for a 43% total. The weather played a negative role in our attempt at PR’s. During warm ups, it was sunny and hot but just as the meet started, a strong wind picked up and within an hour the temperature had dropped into the 40’s. The kids did a great job of handling the conditions though.”

The guys fell just short of winning the entire meet. Philomath topped the scoring with 70 and the Huskies were just behind at 68 points. Sisters ran third at 43.

“Knowing that we had another meet on Saturday, we didn’t have everyone in their main events and that probably would have made a difference in the scores,” Coach Snow said. ” Philomath is always tough and we feel good about going toe-to-toe with them in every event.”

Husky throwers had a great day to lead the squad. Out of 21 entries, the guys had 15 PR’s and garnered 24 points in only three events. That is some great competing and coaches Rob Kassebaum, Karen Gaskey, Jake Reichner and Randy Whitfield had the kids ready to go, Coach Snow said.

Matt Slauson lead the way with two first place finishes in the shot put (43-06.5) and the discus (125-04). Brad Seiber continues to improve and add big points, going second in the shot (37-05) and the discus (111-09). Malcolm Brown had a PR in the shot put to place third at 35-00.5 and Robert Rice had a PR in the discus (105-11) for a third in that event. Other PR’s in these two events came from Rob Martin, Tom Gourley, and Richard Claunch.

In the javelin, the guys had 10 throwers and all but one had season bests! Mike Severns continued to improve to improve in this new event for him, going 133-04 for second. Malcolm Brown was right behind at 131-05 for third place. Also recording PR’s were Brad Seiber, Brett Badgett, Aaron Badgett, Jon Anderegg, Rob Martin, Tom Gourley, and Richard Claunch.

Elsewhere in the field, the pole vaulters had a good day, especially considering the cool conditions and a strong cross wind. Robert McGarry and Keegan Burnett both went 12-00 to place one-two with McGarry winning on fewer misses.

“These two have been working hard and staying late most every night and are becoming consistent vaulters,” Coach Snow said. Wayne Martinez (8-00) and Tory Petersen both (7-06) cleared heights in their initial success at this technical event.

Jared Allen tied his season PR in the high jump at 5-08 to go fourth in a very tough competition. Nik Walker and Kellen Petersen both tied their season bests.

Recording PR’s were Krystle Streight, Shaina Burnett and Christine Smith.

Strength was in the field, especially the throve of our points came from throwers Nicole Burnside, Rachel Gaskey and Christine Smith.

In the javelin, Burnside and Gaskey went 2-3 respectively with Nicole at 103-04 and Rachel at 83-01. Also recording PR’s were Christine Smith, Kim Lovik, Diane Kennelly, Amber Larsen, and Laura Munoz.

In the horizontal jumps, the girls battled a stiff head wind which held down the marks and made for difficult times trying to be consistent on the takeoff board.

Ashley Smith and Lisa Brocard went 2-3 in the long jump going 13-09.5 and 13-03.25 respectively.

In the triple jump, Smith went 30-10.5 for 2nd and Lisa 29-03.5 for 4th. Smith’s mark puts her #5 on the Sweet Home sophomore list.

Freshman Kari McGuyre continued to add big points. In the high jump, despite struggling with her marks, Kari went 4-06 for 2nd place overall.

In the sprints, Smith ran a lifetime best 13.6 for 4th place. Becky Wilson and Stephanie ran identical times of 14.1 for PR’s in the same event. In the 200M, Becky and Kari McGuyre both ran nonscoring season bests with Becky ahead at 29.4 to Kari’s 30.0 Kari also ran the open 400M, going 68.9 for third place overall.

Both relays had season best times and ran well despite not scoring. In the short relay, the foursome of Ashley Smith, Lisa Brocard, Becky Wilson, and Stephanie Kragness went 54.2 with decent handoffs. In the 1600M the foursome of Kari McGuyre, Elissa McCartin, Alisha Basham, and Stephanie Kragness ran an eight second PR of 4.52.3.

In the distance races the girls ran well recording 3 PR’s in four attempts despite the win. However, the two other schools are extremely deep in the distance events and scoring was tough. Alisha Basham had a PR in the 800M of 3:01.3 while Megan Snow (6:15.9) and Anne Helfrich (5:46.6) both had season PR’s in the 1500M.