Blaine track sends 10 to state meet

Published on Wed, May 28, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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The Blaine girls and boys track teams put forth strong performances at the Tri-District tournament, with 10 athletes advancing to the state meet.

At the May 24 tournament in Shoreline, the only major disappointment for the Borderites was in the 4x100 relays for both boys and girls teams. The girls made an exchange outside the allowed zone, resulting in disqualification, and the boys dropped the baton during an exchange and didn’t finish the race.

Head coach Carey Bacon said he had expected five to 10 Blaine athletes would qualify for state, so the results of the day were the best he could have hoped for.

“When you’re talking about that many kids making it through in that many events, that’s a really good day,” Bacon said.

Several Blaine athletes set or tied their personal records. Taylor V’Dovec tied a school record when she cleared 5'3" in the high jump, qualifying for the state meet with a second-place finish in the process.

Steven Crafts won the long jump with a distance of 21'4.5", which tied the school record he set in April.

“He won it on his first jump, which is pretty amazing,” Bacon said. “He has an excellent chance to do well at state.”

Josiah Westbrook won the 100m with a time of 11.28 seconds. He also placed fourth in the 200m and third in the 400m, qualifying for state in all three events.

“He had to run in lane eight in the 400,” Bacon said. “It’s a hard lane to run because you’re way outside and can’t see who’s coming up behind you. He managed to pull it off.”

Bacon said he was pleased with the throwing performances of Elle Moore, Jon Fakkema and Adam McShane, who all qualified. Moore set personal records in shot put and discus, placing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31'5.5" and placing third in the discus with a distance of 107'3". Fakkema threw the discus 13'3" to take fourth place. McShane set his personal record in the shot put with a throw of 48'3", taking fifth place and sealing his trip to state.

Olivia Adams won the pole vault by clearing 11'6'.

“She’s been clearing that height pretty consistently the last few meets,” Bacon said.

In certain events, athletes who don’t place in the top five can still advance if they beat a qualifying mark. This allows districts with a surplus of top competitors in a certain event to advance extra athletes to statewide competition.

Hillary Kiele found herself in a stacked 800m heat against seven of the top girls in the state. Her time of 2:21.81 put her in seventh place, but she will still compete at state by virtue of the qualifying mark, which she beat.

“She has a good chance of placing at the state meet,” Bacon said.

Gage Lott set a personal record when it counted the most, clearing 12' in one vault in the finals to take fourth place and secure his trip to the state meet.

“That was a pleasant surprise,” Bacon said. “It’s good to see him making it.”

At the end of the meet, the Blaine girls had earned eighth place and the boys had earned fourth. “I’m very happy with how both teams did at the tri-district meet. We really stood up and got ourselves counted in a high spot,” Bacon said.

The WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 2014 1B, 2B, 1A Track and Field Championships will be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney on Friday and Saturday, May 30-31. For more information about the state meet, visit  goeags.com/statetrack/info.