SHELTON – Confidence came in the form of a dead-heat for Douglas Sudberry.
Last week at a Narrows League 3A track and field dual meet, the Timberline senior went stride for stride with Lincoln’s Quadelle Satterwhite, one of the state’s premier sprinters, in the 100-meter dash.
Both crossed the finish line in a brisk 11.0 seconds.
Sudberry didn’t get the outright victory that day, but he may have emerged from the meet with something more valuable.
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“I just figured if I could run with Quadelle, I could run with anyone in the state,” said Sudberry, a newcomer to the sport who didn’t turn out for track until his junior year. “We tied, but it was definitely a boost for me.”
With his newfound self-assurance on full display Sudberry edged the Lincoln speedster in the rematch, winning the 100 meters at the 51st annual Shelton Invitational on Saturday.
Sudberry’s time of 10.89 was a personal record and was the first 100-meter time under 11 seconds at the meet since fellow Timberline sprinter and current Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart posted a winning mark of 10.96 in 2005.
The performance also ranks as the third fastest 100-meter dash over the past 20 years at the Shelton Invitational, trailing only the times set by Ellensburg’s JaWarren Hooker in 1995 (10.7) and Terry Tharps of Curtis in 1996 (10.8).
“The difference has been my improvement in the blocks. That’s definitely been a focal point for me,” said Sudberry, who also won the 200 meters (22.92). “Blocks are what kept me from running in the 100-meter finals at state last year. So I had to get better. Today I felt strong getting out of the blocks and the fast start turned out to be the difference in the race.”
Satterwhite was not far behind, finishing in 10.94.
Black Hills’ Trent Alsin, the defending Class 2A state champion at 100 meters, finished third (11.09).
Sudberry’s two victories combined with teammate Rashon Smith’s first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (39.96) helped the Blazers win the boys team title with 49 points, narrowly edging Skyview (47 points) and Rogers (46).
On the girls side, Skyview won the team title with 66 points, with Sehome (62) and North Kitsap (40) rounding out the top three.
Capital senior Logan Myers won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches, two inches higher than Aberdeen’s Tyson Stipic.
“I’m still looking to hit 6-6,” said Myers, who finished second in the high jump at the 2009 Class 3A state meet. “It’s feels good to win, but this is the sixth time I’ve jumped 6-4 this season. There’s still some time left, though. The only time I’ve jumped 6-6 was on my last attempt at the state meet two years ago so hopefully I will peak around that time again this year.”
Izaic Yorks of Lakes joined Sudberry as a two-event winner – claiming titles in the boys 800 meters (1:56.11) and mile (4:20.14) to help the Lancers finish fourth in the team standings.
Steilacoom’s Davis Zmuda (15.11) held off North Thurston junior Si Cave (15.17) to win the boys 110-meter hurdles.
Shelton’s Annie Fitchet took full advantage of her home-field edge by winning the girls pole vault with a mark of 10-3. Mount Si’s Lexi Swanson was second (9-6), while Tumwater’s Kelsey Hummel finished third (9-0).
Timberline’s Briana Welsh finished second in the long jump (16-91/4) and fourth in the 100 meters (12.80).
Brittanie Wendler of Tumwater had the second-best javelin throw (130-4) by a girl, while Olympia freshman Sofia Kane was third in the 3200 meter run (11:35.36).
The Bears girls also got a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles from Taylor Fettig (16.06).
Blaine’s Cherish Morrison (100 and 200 meters), Emerald Ridge’s Carly Wilczynski (800 meters and 1 mile), Montesano’s Tera Novy (shot put and discus) and Zoe Moller of Sehome (long jump and triple jump) were all double-event winners for the girls.