Jesse Elvrom was a tweener.
The Yelm senior was fast enough to win sprints in a dual meet, but not speedy enough to win a state title. So, Elvrom took a test run in the hurdles last year.
Now Elvrom, the Western Cascade Conference’s top track athlete this spring, has a crack at two state titles – the 300-meter hurdles and the javelin.
“First Jesse said, ‘Let me run the 400,’ ” Yelm coach Mike Strong said. “He’s thick, he’s built like a javelin thrower. So, we decided to put him in the hurdles.”
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It’s been the perfect match – speed and strength. Elvrom goes into today’s Class 3A district meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School as the top seed in both the 300 hurdles and the javelin. He’s run the hurdles in 39.21 seconds and thrown the javelin 194 feet.
The 5-foot-9 Elvrom will be tested in the prelims. Three of the state’s top four 300 hurdlers are in this district meet.
“The big thing is he has to show self-control in the prelims,” Strong said. “He can be sore the next day. But I think he can do around 38.50. He’ll be pushed.”
Last week at subdistricts, Capital’s boys picked up only one title – Logan Myers in the high jump – but the Cougars gorged on seconds, thirds and fourths to win the team title, edging Yelm by four points. Yelm defeated Capital by 30 points in an earlier dual meet.
“We picked up a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths,” Capital boys coach Jerry Miller said. “It all added up. What was amazing to have a 4-by-1 relay get fourth and have no one in the 100, 200 and 400 prelims.”
Elvrom will also run a leg on two relays – the 400 and 1,600. He ran an anchor leg last week of 50.7. Elvrom scratched from the 110-meter hurdles, which he’s run in 15.1, and picked up the relays.
“The problem was getting through them,” Strong said. “He smashed through three or four hurdles a race. It was hard on his body.”
Yelm’s Gabe Cadero-Smith is top-seeded in the pole vault, clearing 14-6. Yelm’s Michael Hopkins is seeded in the 100 and 200 and is running a leg on both relays. But Hopkins is a little banged up and has Strong concerned. Yelm’s Michael Maloney could advance in the 300 hurdles, and Zac Farino has a shot in the 110 hurdles.
Strong said Union and Lakes have the speed and depth to challenge for the district championship.
Capital’s Collin Milligan and Myers are state hopefuls in the hurdles.
Timberline freshman Sasha Weber is the top seed from the WCC in the triple jump (34-9), high jump (5-7). shot put (33-5) and javelin 123-6.
In the 4A meet, Olympia girls are loaded, with Jill Lahmann, Alexis Fesenbek, Annie Dear, Laurel Stormans, Emily Walters and Kelsey Fuik among the top seeds in their events.
Lahmann has a shot at going to state in both the 100 and 200. Fesenbek will be one of the top seeds in the 400, running a 58.9. Shelton sophomore Brenna Thompson is the top seed in the 400 with a time of 57.47.
Dear is the top seed in both the 1,600 (4:59) and 3,200 (11:02.1). Stormans, a senior, has run the 100-meter hurdles in 15.49.
The 4A and 3A meets start at 11 a.m. both today and Saturday at Mount Tahoma.