SHELTON — Superior talent in one discipline can win a league track meet — see the Lincoln High School boys and Gig Harbor girls, for example.
So can sheer depth in numbers, as shown by the Shelton girls.
Talent and depth works, too — for evidence, look at the Bellarmine Prep boys.
Those four teams and dozens of individuals put on a show in the sunshine Saturday at the 4A/3A Narrows League meet at Highclimber Stadium.
The top-four finishers in each event progress to West Central III/Southwest bidistrict meets next weekend at French Field in Kent (4A) and Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner (3A).
For host Shelton, the win in the 3A girls meet Saturday came out of nowhere.
“Those seconds, thirds and fourths really add up,” Shelton coach Doug Sells said. “We didn’t expect that at all. It’s really exciting for the program.”
Shelton rolled up 159 points, with only two first-place finishes, followed by closely bunched teams in places 2 through 5: Wilson (116), Timberline (113), North Thurston (110) and Mount Tahoma (108).
Bellarmine put enough of a dent in Gig Harbor’s distance dominance and got a triple win in the jumps from senior Jared Sinsheimer to top the 4A boys field with 143 points. It was the first time the Lions boys have won the Narrows League since 1998, coach Matt Ellis said.
The Lincoln boys were their usual dominant selves in the sprints and hurdles, led by Rayshaun Miller, Therron Randle and Walker Flynn, to outdistance the pack in the 3A boys meet. The Abes totaled 176.5 points, well ahead of second-place Timberline’s 124.
Gig Harbor piled up points in the field events, led by double jump winner Naphtali Ward, and scored in enough other places to lead the way for the 4A girls with 153 points.
Sophomore Lindsey Goldsby led a 1-2-3 Shelton finish in the girls 800 meters with her time of 2 minutes, 32.84 seconds. Senior Lindsey Nicolas, second in the 800, won the 1,600 in 5:37.52, just ahead of North Thurston senior Hallie Whitley (5:41.05).
Nicolas and Whitley swapped positions in the 3,200. Whitley got a victory for the Rams in 12:30.29.
North Thurston also won the 3A girls 4x400 relay, as BreAnna Ellis, Alexis Ross, Carly Stinson and Aerial Edwards set a school record of 4:07.18. Ellis, a junior, was the 3A girls champion in the 400 with a time of 58.78, a 2-second improvement on her previous best.
Gig Harbor went 1-2-4-5-6 in the 4A boys 3,200, with seniors Wolfgang Beck (9:17.98) and Logan Carroll (9:23.18) in the top two spots. Beck was second and Carroll third in the 1,600 behind Bellarmine sophomore Jack Yearian, who won in 4:12.17.
Yearian also claimed the 800 in 1:53.42.
“He’s got amazing racing instincts,” Ellis said. “He’s surprised us with his finishing speed.”
Bellarmine’s Sinsheimer won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches, the triple jump at 45-11/2 and the long jump at 21-103/4.
Lincoln’s Miller took the 3A 100 with his time of 10.99. He led a 1-2-3 finish for the Abes in the 200, winning in 22.63.
Teammate Flynn won the 400 in 49.99, ahead of Randle’s 50.47.
Randle, a senior, owned the hurdles, winning the 110 in 15.12 and the 300 in 39.42. He and Flynn were joined by Jmaka Love and PuQuan Love for the Abes’ victorious 4x400 relay (3:27.04). Lincoln also won the 4x100 relay in 42.89.
The Abes got a meet-record performance in the 3A triple jump from Ahmaad Rorie, whose 46-71/4 topped the mark of 45-113/4 set by Gig Harbor’s Toney Henderson in 2007. Timberline’s Asan Neil-Evergin (42-8) and Javon Watson (42-73/4) finished second and third.
Rorie, a senior competing in track and field for the first time, also won the long jump with a leap of 21-81/2. Neil-Evergin (21-61/2) and Watson (20-83/4) again finished 2-3 for the Blazers.
Yelm’s Matthew Dehan just nicked the bar on his third try at 14-7 in the 4A boys pole vault, but he set a meet record and a personal best when he cleared 14-1, beating by one inch the mark held by four other vaulters.
Dehan, a senior, used a carbon-fiber pole for the first time on his third try at 14-7, and liked the way it felt.
“That pole’s going to take me to state right there,” he said. “It has a lot more pushback to it. It was way different.”
Gig Harbor’s Ward won the 4A girls high jump at 5-41/2 and the long jump at 15-53/4 to lead the Tides to the team victory.
• The Timberline girls got winning performances from Libby Kamrowski in the javelin (103-1) and Akshaya Sivakumar in the triple jump (31-9).
• Olympia’s Sofia Kane won the 4A girls 3,200 in 11:00.4. The Bears’ boys 4x400 relay team was victorious in 3:28.65. In the team scoring, Olympia’s boys finished fourth (101 points) and the girls fifth (76.5).
• Senior Rose Christen of 4A Central Kitsap was the outstanding female athlete of the meet, with a hand in two meet records. She won the 800 in a record time of 2:08.97 and the 1,600 in 4:49.78. Christen also led off the Cougars’ 4x400 relay, joined by Sophie Carroll, Sara Naumann and Keyera Gaulden, that won in a record time of 3:55.99.