Black Hills in position to chase 2A state title

STAR TRACK: With two relays in finals, Wolves primed for run at crown

May 29, 2010 

TACOMA - Black Hills did all it could Friday to keep its dream of winning a state title alive.

The Wolves’ big three – Cody Peterson, Trent Alsin and Eric Walsh – all moved into today’s finals of the 2A state track championships. Relying on depth, Black Hills has five in today’s finals along with two relays, creating big-point potential.

“We did what we needed to do today,” Black Hills coach Tom St. Clair said. “Everyone who started the day moved through to the finals. We have a lot of kids who contribute. That’s what makes it so fun.”

On a rainy and blustery day, Walsh led the 400 meters early and finished third in the preliminaries with a 49.9, just off a season best. Walsh also will run in two relays.

“We don’t try to hold the state title over our heads,” Walsh said. “We don’t talk about it. It’s a team goal. But it’s more about getting it done.”

Running into a gusty headwind, Peterson used his signature strong finish in the 110-meter hurdle finals, moving from fourth to second in 15.40, a step behind Mount Baker’s Logan Packard. Peterson finished second last year in 14.6.

“It felt smooth. He just ran faster than I did,” Peterson said. “I’m happy with second. I’d like to get first. Today, he was faster than me.”

Peterson, running in the rain, gutted out a 40.95 in the preliminaries of the 300 hurdles, the day’s second-fastest time behind Sequim’s Emanuel Herrera (40.25).

“They know the state title is a possibility,” St. Clair said. “We don’t really talk about it. They just focus on what they have to do.”

It was a hot-and-cold day for the River Ridge girls. The Hawks’ Necy Wade and Khayla Blount both turned in top-three qualifying finishes in their 100 and 200 preliminaries.

River Ridge’s 4x100 relay also ran the fastest preliminary time with a 50.3. But the Hawks dropped the baton on the first exchange in the 4x400 relay, costing them a possible second place.

“We had a horrible start of the meet,” River Ridge coach Phil Lonborg said. “But we’re feeling good about having two in the 100 and 200 finals.”

Running into a headwind coming off the turn, Wade finished strong in the 200 and moved up to second, finishing in 26.11. Blount finished in 26.51.

“It wasn’t the best weather,” Wade said. “But I felt OK. I put myself into position. It was just about moving on today.”

River Ridge’s Janay Creamer set a school record with a shot put of 36 feet, 61/4 inches to place seventh.

A day after winning the 3A high jump, Timberline sophomore Sasha Weber placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 35-21/2. She couldn’t duplicate the 37-foot jump she popped at the district meet.

“I was complaining about my jumps, but the windy conditions held everyone down,” Weber said.

Juanita’s Alanna Coker won with a jump of 36-13/4 feet.

After placing third at state last year in the javelin, Weber missed a spot in the finals this year with a throw of 95 feet – 35 feet short of her third-place effort in 2009.

“Every time I tried to throw there was a strong headwind,” Weber said. “I had a minute to throw and I couldn’t wait.”

In the girls 4A 400 preliminaries, Shelton junior Brenna Thompson placed third with a 58.3.

Chehalis finished one-two in the boys 2A 800 preliminaries with junior Andy Robertson running a season-best 1:55.51 and Dakota Parker placing second in 1:56.79. gail.wood@theolympian.com

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