NK, Kingston tracksters qualify for districts

North Kitsap hosted the Olympic League Track and Field Championships May 4 and 6. As the postseason came around, the time between the placers was split by seconds. However, only the top five in each event earned a spot to the West Central District III Championships.

NK’s boys finished on top with 162.5 points and the girls were second with 111.

Logan Sloman won the 100-meter dash by just 0.006 seconds, finishing in 11.683. Sloman also won the 4×100 relay with Benen Lawler, Owen Wilkinson and Cohen Meis by less than half of a second, finishing in 45.07 seconds.

Lawler picked up another medal in the 400 meters. He was fourth while teammate Alec Ibarra was third. The two teamed with Jackson Jacobsen and Tenichi Gordon to win gold in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3 minutes, 30.9 seconds.

The Vikings nearly swept the 110 hurdles as well. Wilkinson finished second, Gordon third and Carter Braund fourth. Gordon won the 300 hurdles in 41.52 seconds.

NK flexed its muscles in the throwing and jumping events, too. James Rebman won the javelin with a throw of 149 feet, 6 inches, and Lincoln Gould finished second. Nate Thornton finished fourth in the discus.

Thaden Bauch leaped into third in the long jump. Gordon won the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, 9 inches, while Caleb Leche finished fourth.

On the girls end, Calina Morgan captured a bronze medal in the 100-meter dash.

Morgan captured another gold medal with Bella Johnston, Juliette Sannes and Emma Bond in the 4×100 relay with a 53.48. Salix Wartes-Kahl flashed her endurance races with a first-place finish in the 800 with 2:17.96 and a second-place finish in the 1600.

The Vikings had a handful of placers in the field events, too. Mariah Van Houten finished fourth in the shot put. Corinne and Phoebe Aala finished second and third in the discus.

Johnston finished second in the pole vault, and Shelby Snider won the triple jump with leap of 30 feet, 2 inches. Kate Posten finished third in the high jump.

Kingston fell near the bottom of the team scores: the boys had 42 points while the girls scored 55

Leighton Mege was the only short-distance runner to finish on the podium for the Buccaneers. Menge won the 110 hurdles with a personal record of 16.95 seconds, 0.04 quicker than the next competitor.

However, Kingston had four runners in the top eight in the 1600, headlined by second-place finisher Lucas Lenz. Lenz also finished second in the 3200.

Kingston’s 4×100 relay barely reached the podium. Taizah Franklin, Paiton Leibold, Ava Bourne and Mengold finished fourth. On the boys side, McLean Bowers, Michael Kemper, Zachary Cummings and Hans Reber finished fifth.

The Bucs’ 4×400 relay finished third in the boys division.

Genevieve Upton was the only thrower to place for the Bucs, finishing fourth in the javelin. She also finished fourth in the pole vault. In addition, Hannah Weaver was the only jumper to place, finishing fourth in the triple jump.

Owen Wilkinson finishes second in the 110 hurdles with a 16.13.

Owen Wilkinson finishes second in the 110 hurdles with a 16.13.