Thunderbirds track sweeps team titles at district championships

Olympian staffMay 18, 2013 

Tumwater High School swept the boys and girls team titles at the 2A District IV track and field championships at Washougal’s Fishback Stadium.

The Thunderbirds had a pair of double winners on the boys side — Andrew Brown (200, 21.58 seconds; and 400, 48.41) and David Durden (110 hurdles, 14.91; and 300 hurdles, 38.82). Brown’s 200-meter time broke a 20-year Tumwater school record, formerly held by Derek Lowe (21.82).

Brown and Durden accounted for 40 of the Thunderbirds’ 134 team points.

W.F. West, paced by Dallas Snider and Danny Robertson’s 1-2 finishes in the 800 and 1,600 meters, was second with 89 points, and River Ridge, led by Dejuan Frye’s winning 100-meter time and a first-place time in the 4x100 relay, was third with 76 points.

The top-three placers in each event qualify for next week’s Star Track at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma Stadium.

On the girls side, Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier won three events — the 200 (25.01), 400 (55.18) and 100 hurdles (15.07) to account for 30 of Tumwater’s 108 points.

Capital was second with 88 points, and Black Hills was third with 71.

The Wolves’ 4x200 relay team of Sarah McGee, Ashley Robbins, Callie Bianco and Katie Zeldenrust won the event in 1:47.18, more than 3 seconds faster than runner-up River Ridge (1:50.70).

3A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST

The 3A Greater St. Helens League occupies first and second place in the boys and girls team standings after Day 1 of the 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict track and field meet at Shelton’s Highclimber Stadium.

Prairie leads in the boys race with 35 points, ahead of GSHL rival Columbia River (31).

On the girls side, Kelso (28 points) leads league-rival Prairie (24).

North Thurston had the most productive day of any South Sound team, as the boys are tied for fourth place in the team standings, led by James Jasperson, who won the 1,600 meters in 4:29.02. He also was third in the 800 prelims (2:02.41).

Bobby Cervantes was fourth in the javelin (156 feet, 6 inches).

For Timberline, Marcus Cuttino was fifth in the 100-meter preliminaries (11.37) and eighth in the 200-meter preliminaries (23.28).

4A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST

There was little Narrows League champion Sofia Kane could do in the later stages of the girls’ 1,600-meter race at French Field in Kent.

Camas High School’s Alexa Efraimson is just one of those special distance runners.

Efraimson finished the race in a meet-record 4:58.70.

Olympia High’s Kane still had a good showing by finishing third in 5:03.06, and qualified for next week’s Star Track.

Kane was the top placer from the West Central District.

“I just wanted to come away with no regrets. I gave it everything I had,” Kane said. “The great thing about racing people (who are) out in front like that, they really push you. I felt like I ran a great race today.

“I just wanted to keep up with the pack as long as I could. Today I was surprised how slow we went out, and knew we had to pick it up the last two laps. I like to go out fast because I don’t have much of a kick.”

Other state qualifiers include Olympia’s Dustin Badger in the boys’ javelin (158-6), and Yelm’s April Mayerl (109-2) and Charene Stovall (105-4) in the girls’ discus.

FASTPITCH

W.F. West, the defending 2A state champions, successfully defended its 2A District IV title with an 8-7 win over Aberdeen at Centralia’s Fort Borst Park.

The Bearcats used a seventh-inning rally, led by Marissa Reynolds’ solo home run, to tie the game at 7, and Tessa Wollan’s RBI single that drove in the winning run.

R.A. Long pounded out seven home runs against Centralia to earn the third and final state tournament spot from District IV with a 15-8 victory over Centralia.

Neither Tumwater nor Capital advanced past their consolation games, the Thunderbirds losing to Centralia, 10-3, and the Cougars falling to R.A. Long, 7-0.

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