Brennand fulfills bold declaration

PREPS: Olympia senior clocks season-best time to win 4A Narrows 1,600

May 14, 2011 

PORT ORCHARD – After winning the Narrows League 4A boys 3,200 on Wednesday, Olympia’s Nate Brennand declared that he was going to run “hard (and) fast” in the 1,600 on Friday. Brennand backed up those comments, blistering the field in a season-best time of 4 minutes, 17.54 seconds at the Narrows League track and field championships at South Kitsap High School.

Brennand made some late adjustments in the race when a plan to break away with other runners fell through.

“Some of them got boxed in and couldn’t go,” the senior said. “I had to make a change.”

Brennand edged Will Drinkwater of Gig Harbor, who finished second in 4:18.93.

Up next for Brennand – and the other top-four placers from each event at the meet – are the 4A and 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district meets next week at Mount Tahoma High School. Brennand is looking forward to racing Federal Way’s Meron Simon, one of 4A’s top distance runners, at the bi-district meet.

“He’s been laying down PR’s left and right,” said Brennand, who will run cross country and track at Columbia University in New York.

Gig Harbor claimed 4A Narrows boys and girls team titles. Wilson’s boys and Capital’s girls won 3A crowns.

Gig Harbor coach Kevin Eager was named the 4A league’s boys and girls coach of the year. Bellarmine Prep swept the male athlete of the meet awards: Sprinter Michael Rector, who won the 100- and 200-meter races, earned the track honor and Quinn Hale, who won the javelin with a throw of 205 feet, 2 inches, received the field award.

Gig Harbor’s Courtney Jost, a triple-winner in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, and teammate Maureen Tremblay, who won the 1,600 and 3,200, earned 4A female athlete of the meet awards.

In 3A, Timberline’s Sasha Weber, a three-event winner in the high jump, shot put and javelin, was the girls field athlete of the meet. Foss sprinter Tasia Baldwin, who was first in the 100, 200 and long jump, was voted the track athlete of the meet.

Coaches voted Capital junior Alec Temple the male track athlete of the meet after he won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Wilson’s Dan Henehan, who won the shot put and discus, was the field athlete of the meet.

Capital coach Kevin Wright was voted the 3A league’s girls coach of the year, and Wilson’s Sam Ring the boys coach of the year.

Olympia’s Karen Bulger and Rachel Fleener took first and second in the javelin with throws of 121-10 and 118-4, respectively.

Yelm’s 4x400 boys relay team turned in the third-fastest time in 3A this year, winning in 3:25.08. Tornados sophomore April Mayerl won the girls discus with a toss of 103-3.

Capital senior Logan Myers won the high jump with a mark of 6-6, tying him for second in 3A this season.

doug.pacey@thenewstribune.com

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