Track athletes advance to tri-districts

Published on Wed, May 21, 2014
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The Blaine track and field teams advanced 18 athletes to the 1A Tri-District Tournament after strong performances in sub-districts last week.

Hillary Kiele broke a school record in the 800-meter race, running it in 2:21.15 to beat the previous record of 2:24 set by Becky Thompson in 1987.

“I think she felt that this was coming, so it was less of a surprise and more of a satisfied feeling for Hillary,” said Blaine coach Carey Bacon. “She’s been trying to beat that record all season.”

Josiah Westbrook won the 100m and 400m and placed third in the 400m and 4x100m relay. His times in the 100m and 200m were 11.17 and 22.67 respectively, which are both personal records for Westbrook.

“That’s a pretty big day,” Bacon said.

Kieya Villars won the 300m hurdles with a time of 47.99 seconds. Steven Crafts won the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 9.25 inches, and Olivia Adams won the pole vault by clearing 10 feet, 6 inches.

The boys placed fourth overall with 65 points and the girls placed fourth with 60 points. The Tri-District Tournament will be held at King’s High School in Seattle this Thursday and Saturday, May 22 and 24. Bacon said several Blaine athletes are likely to make it through tri-districts to the state tournament in Cheney the following weekend.

“Things get a little tougher at tri-districts, because you have the top bunch competing to get to state,” he said. “It’s going to be challenging, but we’re hopeful.”