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4A/3A/2A track and field: Revac Banfield wins 100, 200 titles; Columbia River captures 2A boys team title

Evergreen's Alanis sets new 3A meet record in long jump title

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 25, 2024, 8:45pm
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Columbia River’s Revac Banfield celebrates with second-place finisher Eli Peters, of Clover Park, after winning the 2A Boys 100 on Saturday, May 25, at the 2A/3A/4A State Track at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Columbia River’s Revac Banfield celebrates with second-place finisher Eli Peters, of Clover Park, after winning the 2A Boys 100 on Saturday, May 25, at the 2A/3A/4A State Track at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. (Joshua Hart/For The Columbian) Photo Gallery

TACOMA — Running with a protective sleeve on his left quadricep, Revac Banfield finished his final race in a busy state track and field championship weekend relieved and ecstatic. 

Soon after, an ice-pack was tightly secured to his leg. 

When asked if Banfield, Columbia River High’s standout who won both the Class 2A boys 100- and 200-meter titles plus anchored the team’s 4×100 relay to a school-record time to place third Saturday, had anything left to give, the junior responded quickly. 

“No, actually — there’s literally nothing,” Banfield said. “I’m so happy. … My legs are tired, exhausted even.”

Banfield has battled a quadricep injury in recent weeks. That included last week’s district meet in Tumwater when he secured district titles in both sprints. For the state championship meet, Banfield said he found another level of competitive drive.

“I’ve been pushing through this entire state, three-day period,” he said. 

Between Thursday and Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium, Banfield ran six preliminary and finals races. All had big performances, including the top preliminary times in the 100 and 200 and racing in heavy winds all day Saturday during the finals. 

Clark County’s fastest sprinter all spring is now the school’s first-time 100 and 200 champion when he crossed the finish line in 11.26 seconds (100) and 21.97 (200) facing headwinds. 

In-between, he helped River set a school-record time for the 4×100 relay that placed third (42.22). 

After that, River waited.

All weekend, the Rapids felt they had a good chance to not only come home with a state trophy, but perhaps the school’s first-ever state title in boys track and field. 

Sure enough, it happened. River scored 65 points to share the team title with Anacortes. The Seahawks sat eight points behind River entering the day’s final event — the 4×400 relay — and got those eight points from their relay’s runner-up finish to move into a first-place tie. 

In addition to Banfield’s performances Saturday, River got a second-place finish from Jacob McManus in the 3,200 (9:06.80) to go along with multiple podium finishers in field events Friday. 

It all led to a perfect ending Saturday, the Rapids said.  

“It’s so exciting,” said senior captain Seth Arnett of the team title. “Unbelievable.”

Added John Reeder, a fourth placer in the long jump and triple jump: “There’s a great group of guys here.”

ALANIS SETS 3A MEET RECORD 

Evergreen’s Josiah Alanis’ excitement was visible when the event official read aloud the junior’s opening jump at Saturday’s 3A boys long jump: 24 feet, 1 inches. 

“When I hit 24,” Alanis said, “I was super hyped.”

That jump proved to not only be the winning mark to take the 3A state title, but also set a meet record. He credits his height and cycle through the air for setting a new personal-best mark by nearly a foot. Earlier this spring, he jumped 23-2.50 for an Evergreen school record. 

An impressive feat for the newbie to track and field. Alanis, also a standout football player for Evergreen, turned out for high school track behind the urging of Evergreen head football coach Christian Swain. 

Now, Alanis is a two-sport standout and a 3A state long jump champion. And he’s craving more track and field after Saturday. 

“I’ve got to break it again,” he said of his state meet record. “It’s super surreal. It’s just great.”

WILLIAMDYKE SHOWS SPORTSMANSHIP IN 300 HURDLES TITLE

Korynn Williamdyke threw his arms up in disbelief when he crossed the finish line as the 2A boys 300-meter hurdles champion.

He knows a hurdle earlier, the R.A. Long senior might not have happened that way. 

With about 50 meters to go in the race, Williamdyke surged with closing speed to catch Shadle Park’s William Newell. They met at the final hurdle, and as Newell clipped the hurdle and tumbled to the track, Williamdyke closed out the race to win the state title in 39.75 seconds.

Afterward, Williamdyke consoled Newell. 

“I want to be a good sport about it,” said Williamdyke, a Clark College commit. “I won, but at the end of the day, he could’ve beat me, and should’ve beaten me. But I’m happy that today ended the way it did.”

ACKERMAN WITH A TRIO OF PODIUM TRIPS

In Paris Ackerman’s first year of high school track and field, the Hudson’s Bay sophomore reached the podium three times. After a runner-up finish in the 2A girls long jump Friday, she placed fifth in the 200 (26.31) and seventh in the 400 (59.05). With four races in 24 hours — preliminaries and finals — Ackerman’s legs were feeling it. 

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“My legs are pretty tired right now,” she said. 

Because of her asthma, Ackerman said she decided not to turn out for high school track and field in 2023. This spring, she had a change of heart. What she gained from high school track and field goes beyond the experience with her teammates and coaches. She also competed unattached at collegiate meets at Linfield University as a way to see some stiff competition. Overall, she said she felt happy about her inaugural high school season. 

“I had some pretty good times,” she said. 

AROUND THE TRACK

Clark County’s pole vault success continued into Saturday with two more vaulters earning top-3 finishes. Camas’ Karina Cooper set a lifetime-best of 12-6 to place second in the 4A girls pole vault. Union’s Ava Pawlowski tied for third (12-0). … Cooper was one of three second-place finishes for Camas girls Saturday. Eliisa Marshall also got runner-up in the 800 (2:13.86) and also ran the anchor leg of the team’s second-place 4×400 relay (3:54.54). … Prairie’s Will Foster, after winning Thursday’s 3A shot put, finished second in the discus with a new life-time best throw (177-3). What did he take away most from the weekend? “You just can’t count yourself out — you never know what’s going to happen.”

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

4A STATE MEET

At Tacoma

100 — No locals

200 — No locals

400 — 8, Caden Socquet (Camas), 51.43

800 — No locals

3,200 — 4, Cohen Butler (Camas), 9:16.05; 

4×100 relay — No locals

4×400 relay — 5, Camas, 3:23.32; 6, Union, 3:23.84

Triple jump — 5, Gabe Tobiasson (Skyview), 43-5; 11, Taeven Hill (Union), 41-5.50; 17, Noah McBroom (Union), 38-6.25

Javelin — 7, Jared Williams (Camas), 164-7; 12, Austin Fuqua (Camas), 148-11

3A STATE MEET

At Tacoma

Saturday’s finals (locals only)

100 — No locals

200 — Solomon Ogbreama (Prairie), 23.07

400 — No locals

800 — No locals

3,200 — No locals

300 hurdles — No locals

4×100 relay — No locals

4×400 relay — No locals

Pole vault — 18, Luke Melvin (Heritage), 12-0

Long jump — 1, Josiah Atlanis (Evergreen), 24-1; 11, Solomon Ogbeama (Prairie), 21-2.25

Discus — 2, Will Foster (Prairie), 177-3; ; 20, Jaydon Eubanks (Kelso), 121-0

2A STATE MEET

At Tacoma

Saturday’s finals (locals only)

100 — 1, Revac Banfield (Columbia River), 11.26; Michael King (Ridgefield), 11.68

200 — 2, Revac Banfield (Columbia River), 21.97

400 — 4, Adam Williams (Hudson’s Bay), 49.85

800 — 8, Davis Sullivan (Ridgefield), 1:57.47

3,200 — 2, Jacob McManus (Columbia River), 9:06.80; 10, Neftali Menendez (Columbia River), 9:40.14; 14, Samuel Grice (Washougal), 9:47.82

300 hurdles — 1, Koynn Williamdyke (RA Long), 39.75

4×100 relay — 3, Columbia River, 42.22; 5, Ridgefield, 42.72

4×400 relay — No locals

Shot put — 8, Ryan Faumuina (Fort Vancouver), 52-4.50

High jump — 10, Johan DuBois (Hudson’s Bay), 6-0

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

4A STATE MEET

At Tacoma

Saturday’s finals (locals only)

100 — No locals

200 — No locals

400 — No locals

800 — 2, Eliisa Marshall (Camas), 2:13.86

3,200 — 12, Ella Koch (Union), 11:22.98; Sara Thompson (Union), 11:27.17

300 hurdles — No locals

4×100 relay — No locals

4×200 relay — No locals

4×400 relay — 2, Camas, 3:54.54

High jump — 7, Gabriella Thompson (Camas), 5-2; 12, Evelyn Reed (Skyview), 4-10

Pole vault — 2, Karina Cooper (Camas), 12-6; 3t, Ava Pawlowski (Union), 12-0; 12, Sneha Shankar (Camas), 11-0

3A STATE MEET

At Tacoma

Saturday’s finals (locals only)

100 — No locals

200 — No locals

400 — No locals

800 — No locals

300 hurdles — No locals

3,200 — No locals 

4×100 relay — No locals

4×200 relay — No locals

4×400 relay — No locals

Long jump — 19, Damara Draine (Evergreen), 15-0.75

Discus — 16, Lucille Ware (Prairie), 102-3

2A STATE MEET

At Tacoma

Saturday’s finals (locals only)

100 — 5, McKenna Calkins (Ridgefield), 12.83

200 — 5, Paris Ackerman (Hudson’s Bay), 26.31

400 — 7, Paris Ackerman (Hudson’s Bay), 59.05

800 — No locals

300 hurdles — 3, Elsie Herold (Mark Morris), 45.92; 6, Jamie Maas (Washougal), 47.65

3,200 — 10, Lyla Taylor (Hockinson), 11:40.67; 11, Charlize Kellmer (Ridgefield), 11:43.64

4×100 relay — 6, Ridgefield, 50.62

4×200 relay — 4, Ridgefield, 1:45.07; 7, Columbia River, 1:47.96

4×400 — 7, Mark Morris, 4:08.50

Triple jump — 7, Madison Ruddy (Ridgefield), 34-0.75; 8, Peyton Dukes (Columbia River), 33-10.75; 15, Addy Siemer (Woodland), 31-10.75; 14, Celia Racanelli (Hockinson), 32-2.25.

Javelin — 8, Allie Draper (Ridgefield), 111-7

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