Four South Sound athletes — recent high school graduates Ryan Chase (Capital), James Rodeman (Yelm), Aaron Pullin (Centralia) and 2014 Tumwater grad Brooke Feldmeier have qualified to compete at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field this weekend, the site of the recent NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships and home to the 2016 Olympic trials.
Chase, bound for the University of New Mexico, Rodeman (Idaho State) and Pullin all will compete in the men’s decathlon, featuring current NCAA Division I athletes. Stanford’s Harrison Williams (7,806 points) has the top mark entering the four-day meet, which begins at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The trio went 1-2-3 at the multievent Washington State championships June 6 in Lake Stevens. Chase won the state decathlon title for a second straight year (6,821 points) after closing out his high school career at Star Track XXXIII last month with his third state title, winning the Class 3A boys long jump (23 feet, 11/2 inches).
Feldmeier, a 2014 Tumwater High graduate, will run in the women’s 800 after recently completed a standout freshman season at Ole Miss, which included three school records set and capturing a Southeastern Conference outdoor 800 title. She also ran the 800 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 11 , but failed to reach the finals. Her career-best time of 2:03.13 ranked as high as 87th in the world.
COACHES’ ALL-STATE TEAMS
The Washington State Baseball Coaches Association released its annual all-state teams, and a handful of South Sound players were selected.
Yelm’s Parker McFadden, The Olympian’s All-Area player of the year and a 20th-round draft choice of the Seattle Mariners who has elected to honor his college commitment to WSU, was a first-team all-state choice in Class 4A. Second-team selections went to Timberline’s Taylor Adams and Zach Owens.
In 2A, Tumwater’s Elijah Hill was a first-team selection, as were Centralia’s Christian Peters and Gavin Kerner, who led the Tigers to the program’s first state title since 1993.
In 1A/2B/1B, Wyatt Singer of Rochester (a 2A school playing in a 2A/1A league) was a second-team all-state choice.
Timberline promoted assistant coach Mike Spears to head football coach. Spears, a social studies teacher at Nisqually Middle School, has been on the Blazers’ staff the past eight seasons, most recently coaching defensive line and special teams coordinator. Spears replaces Nick Mullen, who resigned to become the school’s athletic director. … W.F. West’s basketball coaches Ryan Robertson (boys) and Henri Weeks (girls) have resigned. The Bearcat’ boys program went 0-21 this past season, while the girls played in their third consecutive 2A state championship game, falling to Mark Morris, 69-53. W.F. West won the state title in 2014.