Great weather and competition combined for another instant classic track meet hosted by Whitworth University at the Boppell Track on Friday, April 30. The Sasquatch track and field teams showed up in force and the results were some of the best so far this year.
In the men's 800-meter Johan Correa and Travis Hicks took advantage of the perfect weather and great competition as both set personal bests of 1:54.03 and 1:55.60 and continue to rank first and second in the conference by a wide margin.
Giovani Raskell ran to another personal best in the 5k running 15:04 and finishing second overall in the meet and sitting second in the conference. He remains the top ranked 10k performer this year in the NWAC.
Issak Chol and Anthony Carlascio both returned from injury and ran well but did not improve on their season best. Making his 5k debut was Joseph Brantley, running 15:56 which ranks him ninth in the conference. Gideon Swanson also ran the 5k with a 15 second personal best, running 16:15.
Tressa Wood continued her streak of setting a personal record each time she has raced this season, this time in the 5k. Tressa's time of 18:58 is a 25-second personal best and moved her from seventh in the conference to second, Tressa also sits fourth in the 1500-meter and first in the 10k.
Hurdles and Relays
Drew Crosbie ran a lifetime best in the 110-meter hurdles running 15.38 dropping .50 seconds off of his previous best time and finishing in sixth overall. Drew’s time moves him into fourth on the NWAC performance list.
The 4x4 squad sprinted to an impressive four second improvement at 3:22.90, placing them first in the NWAC rankings. Members include Jon Watkins (FR.) of Selah High School, Harlon Stuits (SO.) of Meridian High School, Demitrius Alford (SO.) of Eisenhower High School, and Johan Correa (SO) of Kennewick High School.
The men’s 4 x 100-meter relay also ran a season’s best with 43.10. Jon Watkins, Demetrius Alford, Harlan Stuits, and Jake Schnatter got the job done placing third overall.
Harlan Stuits came close to the win in the 400 hurdles, running his best time of the year in a fine 53.62 in missing first place by just .40 seconds. Harlon dropped .58 seconds from his previous best and is currently ranked second in the conference.
On the women’s side, McKenzie Fletcher took another half a second off her 400-meter hurdles running a great time of 1:03.03, good for third overall just .11 seconds from first place. McKenzie remains as she has all season the number one ranked 400-meter hurdler in the conference. In the 100-meter hurdles she was just off her season best of 15.53 running 15.60, and finishing fourth overall. Kaitren Fischer also had a personal best in the 100 hurdles running 17.40.
Finally, the women's 4x4 shaved their time down to a 4:10.00 keeping them in the number 1 spot for NWAC rankings. Members include McKenzie Fletcher (FR.) of Lake City HS, Lainey Johnson (SO.) of Homedale HS, Kaitren Fisher (FR.) of Cheney HS, and Alma Manzo (SO.) of Connell High School.
Sprints and Jumps
The Sasquatch sprints crew had a successful day with several personal records and improved NWAC standings. On the men's side, Freshman Jon Watkins doubled in the open 400-meter and 200-meter, shaving his times down with lifetime bests of 49.81 and 22.53, respectively. This leaves him at second in the NWAC rankings for the 400-meter and slides him up to fourth for the 200-meter.
Freshmen Jake Schnatter (Lake City HS) also had a blazing day on the track with a lifetime best in the 200-meter at 22.22, moving him up to second on the NWAC performance list. To top it off, he accomplished season bests in his 100-meter and long jump, with marks of 11.08 (fourth in NWAC) and 21 feet and 10 inches, respectively (fifth in NWAC).
Sophomore Demitrius Alford ran a decent time of 51.08 in his 400-meter race after battling injury for most of the season. This notches him third in the NWAC rankings. Demitrius was also a member of both relay squads that ran season best times.
On the women's side, the jumps squad had a solid day. Freshmen Alma Manzo of Connell High School leaped her second best triple jump of the season with a mark of 37 feet and 2.25 inches, placing her second overall at this meet. Sophomore Tori Arnold of Shadle Park High School jumped a season best in her long jump at 16 feet and 7.25 inches placing her fifth at this meet as well as fifth in the NWAC rankings. There is a lot more left in the tank for these two women as we look to finish up the season Wednesday, May 5.
In the vertical jumps both TJ Lynch and John Grieshaber turned in season and lifetime bests in the pole vault. Lynch had the best jump of the day for the Sasquatch clearing 14 feet and 10 inches before making some close attempts at 15 feet and 5 inches. Lynch now ranks first on the conference list.
Grieshaber also turned in his best performance of the season clearing 14 feet and 4 inches and fifth overall and now ranks second in the conference. Former Sasquatch Andrew Carlyle, now jumping for LSCS won the event with his 15 feet and 5 inches clearance qualifying for the NAIA National Championships.
In the search for the longest throws of the season so far, the sasquatch throwers pushed the envelope in almost every event. The results were a mix of reward and close calls. Bradley Fillis continues his year as one of the top throwers in the conference. While not recording a throw in the shot put, he did foul his longest throw of the year out over the 53 feet mark. Colby Anderson was able to see his efforts rewarded this week in which he recorded personal bests in both the discus throwing a season best 135 feet and 4 inches, good for eighth overall in the meet and moving up in the conference rankings to fourth. In the hammer throw, Anderson again delivered a season best throwing 130 feet and 4 inches earning a top seven rank on the conference list.
Hannah Gilmore competed in three throwing events this week. In what amounted to about a six-hour day of throwing, Gilmore turned in the second best performance in the conference in the shot put. Her throw of 35 feet and 4 inches is only ten inches off of the conference lead. She also saw action in the hammer and discus throw.
The final regular season meet of the year will be the Whitworth Twilight on Wednesday, May 5 beginning at 2:00 p.m. back on the Boppell Track at Whitworth University. This meet will serve as the final opportunity for the Sasquatch to move up the NWAC performance list as well as the NWAC Eastern Region Track and Field Championships for 2021.