One new state-best mark, three new classification-best marks and 21 new area-best marks. That’s what track and field athletes in the lower South Sound set last week.
River Ridge High School senior Josh Braverman, a University of Iowa commit, reset his own state-best mark in the 110-meter hurdles. He ran a season-best 14.11 seconds at the Oregon Relays in Eugene on Saturday. Braverman also remains the statewide leader in the 300 hurdles (37.62).
Three local athletes set new classification bests last week.
Ian Frost, a Mary M. Knight junior, also capitalized in Eugene, posting a personal-best throw of 156 feet, nine inches in the javelin. Frost is the top-ranked thrower in Class 1B my more than 13 feet.
Northwest Christian senior Heidi Sowers set a new 2B best in the 300 hurdles at the Oregon Relays, running a season-best 49.57. She also set a new area-best mark in the 110 hurdles at 15.91, and is ranked third in 2B.
Timberline junior Keshara Romain reclaimed the best mark in 3A in the triple jump on Friday at the Wolfpack Invitational in Tumwater. She posted a season-best 36-2 — leapfrogging Bainbridge’s Taylee Undem, who has held the top mark since March 23 — and is now ranked 10th statewide.
On the boys side, six more area bests were set by individuals, including Yelm’s Cole Harrison (100), North Thurston’s Ross Sherrer (400), Shelton’s William Johnson (1,600), Black Hills’ Austen Daisa (shot put), River Ridge’s Alex Coleman (long jump) and Timberline’s Jaylen Taylor (triple jump).
Capital’s 4x400 relay team of Ethan Au, Zach Willis, Tanner Stipic and Jason Turner also set a new area best, posting a 3:34.38 in Eugene. The Cougars are ranked eighth in 3A.
Taylor, a senior, is ranked second in 3A and statewide in the triple jump after setting a new personal-best mark of 46-9 to win a title at the Oregon Relays on Saturday. Shadle Park’s Jakobe’ Ford remains the state leader at 47-5 1/2.
Lynden’s Brandon Swarthout (22-3) leads 2A in the long jump, but Coleman, a senior, is close behind after jumping a personal-best 22-2 1/2 in Eugene on Friday. He is ranked eighth statewide.
Daisa, a senior, is ranked fourth in 2A in the shot put. He threw a season-best 50-6 1/4 at the Wolfpack Invitational on Friday.
On the girls side, six more area bests were set by individuals, including Timberline’s Makenna Hansen (100), W.F. West’s Erika Brumfield (800), Black Hills’ Ava Shackell (1,600), Shelton’s McKenzie Salazar-Fox (shot put), W.F. West’s Kendra Bottenberg (javelin) and Timberline’s Arianna Bush (long jump).
All three area bests in the relays were also reset. Timberline’s squad of Romain, Hansen, Rachel Izuagbe and Ashley Babkirk won both the 4x100 (51.52) and 4x200 (1:52.69) at the Wolfpack Invitational to set new area bests. The 4x200 time is ranked fourth in 3A.
Northwest Christian’s Sowers, Eliana Summers, Elizabeth Stottlemyre and Megan McSheffrey ran a 4:21.5 in the 4x400 in Eugene, bumping them up to second in the 2B rankings.
Hansen set a school record in the 100, running a 12.48 at Shelton on Wednesday, and is ranked sixth in 3A in the event. The junior also remains the area leader in the 200 (26.02).
Salazar-Fox, a freshman, broke a tie with Yelm sophomore Carissa Stovall in the shot put, tossing a personal-best 38-1 on Wednesday in Shelton. She is ranked third in 3A.
Bottenberg improved on her own area-best mark, throwing a personal-best 134-7 at the Pasco Invitational on Saturday. The junior is second in 2A behind Cheney senior Rylie Pease (138-6), and sixth statewide.
Bush, a freshman, jumped a personal-best 17-3 on Friday at the Wolfpack Invitational. She is ranked fourth in 3A.
Previous area bests:
TOP AREA TRACK AND FIELD MARKS
Through Sunday, April 16
100 — Cole Harrison, Yelm, sr., 11.27
200 — Jason Turner, Capital, sr., 22.89
400 — Ross Sherrer, North Thurston, sr., 51.79
800 — Luke Schilter, Northwest Christian, sr., 2:00.41
1,600 — William Johnson, Shelton, soph., 4:35.45
3,200 — Luke Schilter, Northwest Christian, sr., 9:46.7*
110 hurdles — Josh Braverman, River Ridge, sr., 14.11**
300 hurdles — Josh Braverman, River Ridge, sr., 37.62**
4x100 relay — Capital (Tim Fisher, jr.; Jason Turner, sr.; Ethan Au, jr.; Carson Bertelli, sr.) 44.23
4x400 relay — Capital (Ethan Au, jr.; Zach Willis, jr.; Tanner Stipic, jr.; Jason Turner, sr.) 3:32.68
Shot put — Austen Daisa, Black Hills, sr., 50-6 1/4
Discus — Ian Frost, Mary M. Knight, jr., 156-9*
Javelin — Cody Hall, Shelton, jr., 167-3
High jump — Donovan Fenwick, North Thurston, jr.; Josh Kennedy, River Ridge, sr.*, 6-4
Pole vault — Cody Simon, Shelton, sr., 13-7
Long jump — Alex Coleman, River Ridge, sr., 22-2 1/2
Triple jump — Jaylen Taylor, Timberline, sr., 46-9
100 — Makenna Hansen, Timberline, jr., 12.48
200 — Makenna Hansen, Timberline, jr., 26.02
400 — Megan McSheffrey, Northwest Christian, jr., 59.96*
800 — Erika Brumfield, W.F. West, soph., 2:31.37
1,600 — Ava Shackell, Black Hills, soph., 5:26.97
3,200 — Bella Torres, Capital, sr., 11:40.12
100 hurdles — Heidi Sowers, Northwest Christian, sr., 15.91
300 hurdles — Heidi Sowers, Northwest Christian, sr., 47.08*
4x100 relay — Timberline (Rachel Izuagbe, jr.; Makenna Hansen, jr.; Ashley Babkirk, fr.; Keshara Romain, jr.) 51.52
4x200 relay — Timberline (Rachel Izuagbe, jr.; Makenna Hansen, jr.; Ashley Babkirk, fr.; Keshara Romain, jr.) 1:48.01
4x400 relay — Northwest Christian (Heidi Sowers, sr.; Eliana Summers, jr.; Elizabeth Stottlemyre, sr.; Megan McSheffrey, jr.) 4:21.5
Shot put — McKenzie Salazar-Fox, Shelton, fr., 38-1
Discus — Beatrice Asomaning, Olympia, soph., 114-6
Javelin — Kendra Bottenberg, W.F. West, jr., 134-7
High jump — Lauren Wilson, Olympia, sr., 5-4
Pole vault — Megan Flexhaug, W.F. West, soph., 9-0
Long jump — Arianna Bush, Timberline, fr., 17-3
Triple jump — Keshara Romain, Timberline, jr., 36-2*
* Top mark in classification
** Top mark in state