The 2021 NWAC track and field season officially comes to a close with all conference teams done competing for the year.
The Sasquatch women finished up the year with Alma Manzo leading the way in the conference rankings in four events. Manzo was the top ranked performer in the 200-meter (26.48) and the 400-meter (59.34). She ranked second in the long jump (17 feet and 10.75 inches) and triple jump (37 feet and 4 inches) and 100-meter (12.57). She also ran the anchor leg on the two fastest relays in the conference 4 x 100-meter (49.81), and the 4 x 400-meter (4;10.00). Manzo earned NWAC athlete of the week honors during the year for her efforts.
Tressa Wood had an incredible first year for the distance squad. Wood was the top ranked performer in the 10k (42:06.23) and ranked second in both the 5k (18:58.75) and the 1500-meter (4:59.71). She consistently established personal bests each time she raced this year.
McKenzie Fletcher was a shining star and the top ranked 400-meter hurdler the entire season. Fletcher lowered her times in both hurdle races throughout the year. Her best time in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.03) is the fastest in the conference by almost five seconds. In the 100-meter hurdles she is ranked the third fastest with a very respectable 15.53. Fletcher was also a key leg every weekend on the conference leading 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relays.
The 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relays were the best in the conference throughout the season and included teammates Alma Manzo, McKenzie Fletcher, Lainey Johnson, Jadyn Schulte, and Kaitren Fisher.
Athletes ranked inside the top four on the performance list included Julian Vaughn in the 400-meter (1:03.80), Kaitren Fisher 400-meter hurdles (1:09.72), Tori Arnold triple jump (35 feet and 10.75 inches), Kylie Heinbingner hammer throw (120 feet and 10 inches) and Lainey Johnson heptathlon (2934).
The Sasquatch men had a record number of athletes finish the year ranked number one on the performance list for 2021. Eight men finished the year ranked first in their events.
Leading the way was Johan Correa who recorded the fastest times in the conference in both the 800-meter (1:54.03) and the 1500-meter (3:56.46). He also ran consistent legs on the top ranked 4 x 400-meter relay team leading the conference in (3:22.90). Correa earned athlete of the week honors during the year for his early efforts.
Bradly Fillis made his mark in three throwing events this season. Ranking number one all season long in the shot put with a throw of (49 feet and 6.50 inches), having the number two throw in the discus (149 feet) and ranking in the third spot in the hammer throw (154 feet and 7 inches). Fillis consistently competed each week in all three events and was also an NWAC athlete of the week.
Harley Stuits showed great improvement in 2021 and earned the top rank in the conference in the 110-meter hurdles with the fastest time of the season (14.58). This time was also the twelfth best in school history. In the 400-meter hurdles Stuits finished the season ranked second with a very good (53.62). He was also a key factor each week in on the top ranked 4 x 400-meter relay as well as the 4 x 100-meter relay. Stuits was also an athlete of the week honoree.
In the men’s pole vault John Grieshaber and Ty Lynch competed each week for not only the top spot on the team, but in the conference as well. The high-flying pair each cleared a season best of (14 feet and 10.25 inches) and finished tied for the second-best jump in NWAC. These jumps were lifetime best for both.
Javelin throwers Aster Dotson and Joey Woodland also competed against each other all year for the top spot in the conference. Dotson finished on top of the conference with a very good (178 feet and 10 inches) with Woodland finishing up second overall at 166 feet.
Anthony Carlascio earned the top spot in the men’s 3k steeplechase running (10:05.02). His time of (4:00.22) in the 1500-meter was also good for the third best mark in the conference.
In the men’s 1500-meter Spokane athletes held the top fours spots in the conference throughout the season. Johan Correa (3:56 .46), Issak Chol (3:59.62) Anthony Carlascio (4:00.22), and Travis Hicks in (4:01.50). One of the few events on the performance list that one team held the top spots.
Earning the number two spots on the conference performance list were Travis Hicks in the 800-meter (1:55.60), Issac Chol in the 1500-meter (3:59.62), Giovanni Raskell in the 5k (15:04.01), the 4 x 100-meter relay with Demitrius Alford, Jon Watkins, Harley Stuits, and Jake Schnatter (43.13), Jabriel Davis and Jaxon Nichols in the high jump (6 feet and 4.25 inches).
In the third-place spot were Jon Watkins 400-meter (49.65) and Drew Crosbie 400-meter hurdles (57.42), Jake Schnatter in the 200-meter with a mark of (22.22)
The NWAC East Region Champions were highly successfully throughout the year with many top rankings, athlete of the week honors, personal and lifetime best and all-time school bests. 2022 will hopefully mean a return to NWAC championships, titles, and All-American honors for the Sasquatch squad.