Howard Dolphin Invite Recap

Spokane, WA - West Valley High School hosted the 13th-Annual Howard Dolphin Track and Field Invitational this Saturday, March 30, featuring 17 schools ranging from the 1B level, all the way up to the 4A level.

Photo taken by Allie McGlothlen.

Colville's Alaina Stone ran an impressive double in the girl's 1,600 and 3,200 meter races as she won both of them.


In her first race, Stone won by a near minute over the second place finisher in the 3,200 running 11:28.59. She led from start to finish increasing her lead to almost 400 meters.


It's been a while since she had run a longer distance race, dating back to this last fall in cross country, as you could tell there were plenty of nerves as Stone came through the first lap in 73 seconds.

Colville's Alaina Stone won the 1,600 and 3,200 races at the Howard Dolphin Invite. Photo taken by Allie McGlothlen.

"I went in a little excited and nervous too", said Stone smiling. "My plan was to not go out fast so I needed to fix that because I was going for more of an 80 second first lap."


Stone wasn't feeling the best as she has been dealing with shin injuries and the flu recently, but was confident enough with the training she put in this offseason that she could perform well in her first race of the season.


"I am not very far from my PR so I am really happy with that," said Stone. "With how I have been feeling lately, I am very, very happy with how it went even though my first lap was so fast. I just know I need to work on pacing."


West Valley's Annika Esvelt was second with a time of 12:27.85, and Shadle Park's Kaiya Sollie ran a personal best 12:58.28 to finish in third.


Colville's Stone was on the track again just a few short hours after her 3,200 win to run the 1,600. She ran 5:21.9 winning by 13 seconds over Lakeside-Nine Mile's Makaylie Stockert, who ran 5:34.71.


Despite being fatigued from her first race, Stone's aggressive attitude didn't stop her from winning her second race of the day.


"I came into this race and I was so tired," said Stone. "I was hoping for a faster time, but I was expecting as much as I could and that's all I could ask for today."


Stone's two wins put together 20 points for the Colville girl's team, which helped them win the team title scoring 78.5 points.


"I love to be able to contribute to our team," said Stone. "I love to see our team do well and being part of it."


Lakeside's Madelyn Buckley was third in this event running a time of 5:41.5.


Colville's Emily Montgomery won the girl's 800 meter in 2:34.59 despite being placed in the second heat of the two races. Lakeside's Buckley won the first heat in a late surge the final 50 meters in time of 2:34.63.


Also in the 800 from Colville was Ella Heideman who placed third running 2:35.01.


Gonzaga Prep's Jonas Bears won the boy's 1,600 race in a time of 4:28.04 edging out the second place finisher University's Ian Barville's late surge in the end.