Northwest Christian coach Mike Michael said the Navigators’ performance at the Class 1A/2B/1B state track and field championships in Cheney couldn’t have gone more perfectly.
“It really couldn’t have,” he said.
The Navigators had four individual state champions and a state-champion relay squad to claim the Class 2B girls state team title Saturday at Eastern Washington University.
“They beat the expectations,” Michael said. “This was a dream day.”
Karen Bulger followed up her state title and meet-record performance Friday in the javelin with a state title in the shot put (42 feet, 21/2 inches).
Allison Sowers won the high jump with a personal-best mark of 5-6, Hailey Bredeson won the 1,600 and Savannah Schilter won the 800. Bredeson and Schilter went 1-2 in those two events, with Bredeson was runner-up to Schilter in the 800 and Schilter second to Bredeson in the 1,600.
Bredeson and Schilter are best friends and next-door neighbors, making their 1-2 finish in their events even better, both standing on the podium and each getting to experience a state title.
“It was super special,” Bredeson said.
“We’re both really happy for each other,” Schilter said.
For Sowers, she hadn’t cleared higher than 5-4 during the season.
The 4x400 relay team, featuring Schilter, Megan Tiegen, Abby McSheffrey and Hannah Gabel, won in 4:13.58.
Around the 1A/2B/1B track: Mary M. Knight junior Hannah Frost captured the 1B girls discus state title, throwing 108-8. Frost was third last year. For the second consecutive year, Rainier’s Nicole Talcott pole vaulted 10-9 at state to earn a second consecutive runner-up finish. She accounted for eight of the Mountaineers’ 12 team points. Northwest Christian boys had a pair of competitors place in the top 5 in two 2B events – Zoltan Thayer (fourth in 100, fifth in 200) and Brandon Burch (third in 300 hurdles, fourth in 110 hurdles).
Gentry falls in finals: Capital freshman Ty Gentry advanced to the Class 2A boys singles title match before losing to Sehome’s Avery West in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to place second.
Gentry swept his first-round, quarterfinals and semifinal matches in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-1 semifinal win over Lindbergh’s Joe Kwiatkowski.
It was the first time Gentry faced West in tennis, and Capital coach Tom Alongi noted West’s strengths in the match, which included handling Gentry’s tough serving.
“(West’s) returns were coming back as fast as the serve was coming,” Alongi said.
Gentry entered the day undefeated on the season, which includes the fall regular season.
“Ty has a promising future ahead of him,” Alongi said. “He’s a very smart player and he has it all.”
Capital’s No. 1 doubles team of Mathias Burlingames and Doug Doenges placed third. Burlingames and Doenges topped 2A Evergreen Conference foes Kenny Saari and Daniel Blomdahl of W.F. West, 6-4, 7-5, in the third/sixth-place match to help the Cougars finish tied for second in the team standings.
They were knocked into the consolation bracket with a 6-2, 6-2 semifinal set to Washington’s Josh Ramus and Daniel Yu
Capital’s Lauren McCann lost to eventual state champion Chloe Goyette of West Valley (Yakima), 6-0, 6-1, and placed sixth after her 6-2, 6-1 loss to Bella Hoyes of Bellingham.
In doubles, Tumwater’s Madelyn Hougan and Rachel Howard, a newly formed doubles team for the postseason, placed fifth in 2A after winning both its consolation matches, including a 6-2, 6-3 win over Danielle Tanasse and Makenzie Kinloch of West Valley (Yakima) in the fifth/eighth-place match.
In 4A, Olympia’s John Stormans, a Saint Mary’s commit, closed out his high school tennis career with a fourth-place finish after topping 4A Narrows foe Calan Peterson of Stadium, 6-2, 6-0.
Tenino loses in semis: Starting pitcher Zack Chamberlain hit two home runs, but Tenino’s bid for a state title game appearance for the second time in three years was halted by Layne Bruner and Montesano, who topped the Beavers, 6-5, at Richland High School in the 1A state semifinals.
The game was moved from Yakima County Stadium early Saturday because of field conditions after rain Friday. Tenino faces Cascade of Leavenworth, an 8-2 loser to Cashmere, at 10 a.m. today at Richland High School in the third/fourth-place game.
Chamberlain’s two-run home run put the Beavers (13-10) up 2-0 early on Bruner, a WSU commit, but the Bulldogs took the lead for good, 6-3.
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