PORT ORCHARD – Douglas Sudberry saw the rain-slicked track at South Kitsap High School and lowered his expectations.
One of Class 3A’s top sprinters, the Timberline senior made advancing beyond the Narrows League track and field championships his primary objective Wednesday afternoon.
“I came out and saw rain coming down,” Sudberry said, “and thought ‘I just want to move on.’ ”
Sudberry did more than qualify for the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district meet, he edged rival Quadelle Satterwhite of Lincoln for the boys 100-meter crown. Sudberry won with a time of 11.35 seconds and Satterwhite finished in 11.39.
In his second season of running track competitively, Sudberry has quickly piled up accomplishments. He has won every 100-meter race he has entered, with the exception of the Eason Invitational – he placed third with a time of 11.29 in poor conditions.
Two weeks ago at the 51st Shelton Invitational, he turned in a personal-best 10.89 seconds, good enough to rate as the third-best time – behind Ellensburg’s JaWarren Hooker and Curtis’ Terry Tharps – in the storied history of that meet.
With warmer weather, Sudberry hopes to shave off more time.
“I want to get down in the 10.7, 10.6 range,” he said.
Half the events were completed Wednesday, the first day of the Narrows League 4A and 3A track and field championships. The 3A girls long jump and pole vault for 3A boys and girls were postponed to Friday. The meet concludes Friday at South Kitsap. The top four finishers in each event will advance to the 4A and 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district meets, which begin May 20 at Mount Tahoma High School.
Not all sprinter’s shared Sudberry’s approach.
Bellarmine Prep’s Michael Rector heard his coaches’ pleas of “don’t get hurt,” but by the time he settled into the starting blocks for the 4A 100 finals, Rector had dismissed the advice.
“Personally, I want to win,” he said.
That’s exactly what he did.
Rector won in 11.00. That time is nowhere close to the 10.80 he ran two weeks ago at the Jesuit Twilight Invitational in Portland, but with better conditions the junior thinks he could see his time dip into “the high 10.6s or low 10.7s.”
Olympia senior Nate Brennand won the 4A boys 3,200 in 9 minutes, 32.97 seconds. Brennand, who owns the second-fastest 3,200 mark in 4A this season, said he could have gone faster, but he had other plans.
“Today was really all about going for the win,” he said. “When we come back on Friday, I’m going to run a hard, fast mile.”
Timberline’s Sasha Weber won the 3A girls high jump with a leap of 5-feet and was first in the javelin with a throw of 106 feet, 9 inches. Capital’s Alec Temple also was a double-winner, placing first in the 3A boys 800 (2:05.05) and 3,200 (9:58.28).
DeVon Dansby of Timberline, who ranks second in 3A in the 400, won the event in 50.08.
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