Whether it’s for first place, or last, or somewhere in between, high school track is all about personal records – getting better every meet.
North Kitsap had a number of those Thursday in a meet at home.
Senior Laine Miller, and his family, were overjoyed when he tossed the discus 142 feet, 5 inches. He beat his PR by about 4 feet while placing first. “I’ve thrown 140 in practice, but never in a meet,” he said.
Miller beat the second-place finisher by over 22 feet.
Ingrid Aala seemed almost as happy in the high jump. She didn’t win but she jumped 4 feet for the first time.
Lillian Pruden didn’t know what her split was, but it had to be a personal record as she took the baton on the final leg of the 4 by 200 relay 15 yards behind the leader, caught up by the end of the turn and went on to win. The time for Emerson Bollert, Genesi Funston and Jazmine Gipson was 1 minute, 49.55 seconds, beating North Mason by .42 seconds.
Ava Banker won the 3200 with a time of 15:16.99, beating her PR by 5 seconds.
Logan Sloman won the 100 meter dash in 11.66 seconds. He also won the 200 meters in 23.62 seconds. Vikings took the top six spots. Sloman, Benen Lawler, Karson Walsh and Lincoln Castillo combined to win the 4 by 100 relay in 45.1 seconds.
Salix Wartes-Kahl won the 1600 meters in 5:31.49 with teammate Funston about a second behind. She also won the 800 meters in 2:26.41 with Funston again a close second.
In the 400-meter dash, Tenichi Gordon was the winner in 56.74 seconds. Pruden won the 200 meters in 27.16 seconds with Bollert close behind. In the 800 meters, Viking Alec Ibarra was the champion in 2:02.17.
Stephanie Lara won the high jump with a leap of 4 feet 10 inches. Jay Ashford-Downing won the boys high jump with a 5-6. Viking Kaiya Ochs won the pole vault with a mark of 8 feet. For the boys, Gordon went 11 feet for the win.
Shelby Snider took the long jump with a 14-7. Lincoln Castillo won the boys at 20 feet. Snider also won the triple jump for the girls at 30-07.5. Castillo again won for the boys at 37-11.
Bollert was second in the 100 at 13.3 seconds. Madison Carmichael was second in the 300 hurdles in 57.67. Phoebe Aala was second in the discus at 81-08. Bailey Braeger was runnerup in the javelin at 69-08. Isaac Lesco placed second in the javelin at 122-05. Jesus Mares was second in the shot put with a throw of 41-04.
Carter Braund was third in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.88 seconds. Matthew Fee was third in the 1600 meters with a clocking of 4:50.32, about 2 seconds behind the winner, and ahead of his PR by about 5 seconds. Mariah Van Houten placed third in the shot put at 24-11.
Derek Cordova was NK’s top finisher in the 3200 with a time of 10:37.79, placing third. North Kitsap’s 4 by 400 relay was third in 4:18.37 with Luke Ryan, Ethan Theriault, Matheus Werneck and Alex Braun running.
Kate Posten was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 19.95 seconds. Grant Cooper was NK’s top finisher in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.43 seconds, placing fifth.
NK’s girls won the meet with 98 points, followed by Sequim with 69, North Mason 56 and Olympic 28.