Keller, Lawson continue to dominate at bi-district track

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Heritage’s Sean Keller and Prairie’s Jon Lawson continued their domination in their events Friday at the Class 4A/3A bi-district track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Keller, the state leader in the javelin throw, easily captured the bi-district title with a throw of 223 feet, 10 inches. The mark was more than nine feet short of his state-leading mark this season, but it was still far enough to give the junior the win Friday by more than 16 feet.

Union’s Sam Ferenchak also clinched a berth to next week’s 4A state meet in Tacoma by placing fourth at 177-9.

Lawson, who has the state’s best marks this season by a 3A athlete in the shot put and discus, won the discus Friday with a mark of 177-10. That throw was good enough for a 15-foot victory for the Prairie senior.

Class 4A Greater St. Helens League athletes swept the boys pole vault with Union’s Joe Thompson winning the event at 14-0, and Skyview’s Jamison Shirley placing second at 13-3.

Also securing berths to the 4A state meet were Union’s Roman Kirkov (fifth, 3,200), Skyview’s Colby Gilbert (seventh, 3,200), Heritage’s Terrall Quigley (fifth, shot put) and Evergreen’s Nehemiah Beavers (sixth, triple jump).

In the boys 3A meet, state qualifiers included Andrew Kaler (fifth, 3,200), Scott Feather (fourth, discus) and Thomas Cocks (fifth, pole vault) of Camas, Prairie’s Abraham Sliver (fourth, long jump), Mountain View’s Grayson Anderson (third, high jump) and Fort Vancouver’s Keith Kirkland (fifth, high jump).

Class 3A GSHL girls athletes had a big first day at Mount Tahoma with Ana Delgadillo of Columbia River, Kathran Dean of Mountain View and Michelle Kiss of Mountain View all capturing bi-district titles. The two wins by Thunder athletes allowed Mountain View to lead the girls team standings with 23 points, followed by Columbia River and Camas.

Delgadillo led a GSHL sweep in the girls 3,200 meters with Delgadillo leading the way in 11 minutes 26.96 seconds. Camas’ Camille Parsons (11:27.10) and Megan Napier (11:28.13) completed the 1-2-3 local finish.

Dean won the long jump with a leap of 18-21/4, while Kiss won the high jump at 5-6.

Also securing spots to the 3A state meet were Prairie’s Johna McEllrath and Mackenzie Smith (third and fourth, discus), Columbia River’s Madison Reynolds (third, high jump) and Hannah Reis (fifth, long jump) and Camas’ Lauren Neff (fourth, high jump).

Columbia River’s Anna Adamko, the defending 3A state champion in the discus, placed ninth on Friday and did not secure a berth to state.

The 4A GSHL had a pair of runner-up finishes in Friday’s finals: Skyview’s Priscilla Timmons in 3,200 meters and Union’s Angelique Williams in the javelin.

Also clinching state berths Friday were Sara Taferre of Skyview (seventh, 3,200), Tori Dixson of Battle Ground (seventh, shot put) and Taylor Barrus of Skyview (third, javelin).

The bi-district meet concludes today. To see how GSHL athletes fared in Friday’s preliminary heats, go to www.columbian.com/weblogs/highschoolsports.

Seton Catholic girls win district — Seton Catholic dominated the track events at the Class 1B district meet in Raymond, leading the Cougars to the district team title.

Seton Catholic won with 53 points, finishing well ahead of second-place King’s Way Christian (29 points).

Claire Snodgrass won the 200 and 400 meters, and Lucy Defilippis won the 1,600 and 3,200 to lead Seton Catholic. Also winning was Jasmine Emerson in the 100.

King’s Way fared well in the field events with Danielle Kaopuiki win the long and triple jumps and Carina Hall winning the high jump.

The Seton Catholic boys scored 45 points to finish second behind Wishkah Valley (50 points).

Seton Catholic’s Ian Boyle won the 100 and 200, and Evan Simms won the 1,600 and 3,200. Also Justin James won the high jump and Zach James won the pole vault.