Durden shines at Yelm’s Mountain Invitational

Tumwater hurdler sets personal records and a meet mark at Yelm’s Mountain Invitational

mwochnick@theolympian.comApril 20, 2013 

YELM — There are certain weather conditions in which a track and field athlete knows a personal-best time or mark will be hard to get.

Not so for David Durden.

In spite of gusty winds and dark clouds for most of Friday’s Mountain Invitational, the Tumwater High School senior had a career day in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles with personal-best times, two victories and a meet record.

He won the 110s, cutting his personal record to 14.62 seconds. In the 300, his PR of 39.07 broke the previous meet record of 39.20, a time he learned about before the race.

“That pushed me the whole way,” Durden said.

That race, he said, wasn’t easy from the start. The competitors faced the wind right out of the blocks, and Durden still beat Wilson’s James Sivonen by nine steps.

As excited as Durden was about his performance in both races, he knows more work is ahead.

“I’m still shooting for the 30s,” Durden said. “I have to get down to 37 or sub-38s. I have to keep shaving time.”

Performances such as Durden’s were hard to come by for many athletes, because the piercing winds affected almost every event.

Kiana Davis, who swept all three jumping events, helped Kelso win the girls team title with 94 points, topping Enumclaw (75.83) and Central Kitsap (75). Olympia finished fourth with 58.50 points, and Timberline (44) was sixth.

Central Kitsap won the boys team title with 75.50 points, edging Tumwater (74) and Olympia (68). Timberline (55.25) placed fifth.

Distance runners Peter Kesting, Nate Van Haitsma and Sofia Kane paced Olympia boys and girls.

Kesting won the 1,600 in

4 minutes, 24.65 seconds on a track where he set a PR last season as a freshman. He also placed second in the 800 with a PR of 1:59.39.

Van Haitsma was third in the 1,600 (4:31.68) and won the 3,200 (9:49.64).

Kane won the 3,200 in 11:04.76 and was second to Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen in the 1,600 (5:25.03).

For Kesting, a sophomore, the hope is to break 4:14 — a school-record time — in the coming weeks.

“Hopefully I’ll do it before the postseason,” Kesting said.

Tumwater’s Andrew Brown, the two-time reigning Class 2A state champion in the 400, easily won the 400 (48.81) and 200 (22.35), and was second in the 100 (10.90).

The Washington signee said he looks forward to next week’s Shelton Invitational, where he will face friend and track rival Marcus Chambers of Foss. Chambers owns the country’s top 400 time of 46.62. The extended forecast calls for sunshine and warmer temperatures, too.

“It’s going to be fun,” Brown said.

Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier was second in the 400 (59.24) and 100 hurdles (14.96).

Assistant coach Bruce Smith said Feldmeier, who owns four school records (both hurdles, heptathlon and a tie in the high jump), looked to add the 400 to her record collection. She owns the state’s third-best time this spring (57.41), just shy of Brynne Lieb’s school-record 57.28 set in 2001, but Dudley said the wind made the difference Friday.

Yelm’s April Mayerl won the shot put for the second consecutive year (37-2.50), and Olympia’s Maia Halvorson (112-5) and Shelton’s Courtney Hansen (109-1) were 1-2 in the javelin.

The Timberline boys got 26 of their 55.25 points from Asan Neil-Evergin, who won the triple jump (43-1) and long jump (20-10.50), and was third in the 100 (11.16). He also led off the Blazers’ 4x100 relay.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick

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