TRACK | Record-setting league meet for two Wolves

MacArthur, Villarma break school marks last week at Highclimber Stadium

It was a conversation point for a pair of South Kitsap track and field athletes throughout the season.

That was before talk turned into reality for seniors Albert MacArthur and Mason Villarma as both set school records during last week’s Class 4A Narrows League Championships at Shelton.

MacArthur placed first in the triple jump — on his final attempt — at 45 feet, 6 1/4 inches.

“I just cooled down myself and relaxed,” MacArthur said.

His mark broke the program record of 44-11 3/4, which was set in 2000 by Brenden Hamill.

“I just demolished the school record,” MacArthur said. “I was emotional, all the coaches were emotional and my dad was emotional. It was something I dreamed of doing as a sophomore — being one of the top athletes at South Kitsap.”

MacArthur, who also won the long jump (22-01), was one of the Wolves’ top scorers. South finished second with 117 points, which was seven behind first-place Olympia.

Villarma also contributed to that placement as he won the 800-meter dash in 1 minute, 53.48 seconds. But it was 1,600, where he finished second in 4:12.44 behind Bellarmine Prep’s Jack Yearian (4:10.78), where he set the school record. Lou Boudreaux held the previous mark at 4:15.34 in 1973. The only program record older than Boudreaux’s is Gene Daunais, who threw the shot put 59-04 1/4 in 1970.

“I’m definitely stoked about that,” Villarma said. “When you’re kind of at the top for your events, you don’t really have a lot of people to push you. Those records are always there to do the work.”

MacArthur and Villarma also teamed with Troy Delgado and Izaijha Byrd in the 1,600 relay, where South finished second in 3:24.11 behind Olympia (3:22.97).

While MacArthur and Villarma set records, sophomore Nolan Van Amen might challenge Daunais’ at some point. Van Amen won the shot put in 56-05. He also finished second in the discus at 153-07 behind Yelm’s Kollin Crown (156-06). It was a much different scenario than last year for Van Amen, who won the discus at the league meet en route to a state title in that event. But during the league meet, Van Amen scratched on all three of his throws in the discus and did not advance in the playoffs.

“He learned something valuable,” South co-coach Paul Zimmer said. “He had a bad day in the disc, but he’s moving on.”

Senior Cole Sunkel had no such issues. He won the javelin at 182-10, which easily outdistanced second-place finisher Jake Bradshaw (168-02) from Olympia.

“For throwing on grass, it’s kind of satisfying,” said Sunkel, whose best mark was 192-0 on March 27 at Gig Harbor. “I’m really looking forward to doing it on rubber because that’s where I do my best.”

On the girls side, the Wolves finished tied with Yelm for fourth place with 71 points. Their lone individual champion was senior Shannon Laupola, who won the javelin at 125-08. It was a personal-best mark for Laupola.

“At first, I didn’t think it was going to happen because I fell short with a couple of my throws,” said Laupola, who also placed fourth in the discus. “The last one I just popped out there.”

The top five placers in each event advance to this week’s 4A West Central District meet at Kent’s French Field. That means South has nine male competitors in 15 individual events along with the 1,600 relay. On the girls side, the Wolves have four athletes in seven individual events. Sophomore Mylie LaFountaine qualified in the 110 and 300 hurdles and the 400 dash.

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