Even with Adna's Austen Apperson and Walla Walla Valley's Justin Roosmas graduating this last spring, the 2B boys bring back plenty of talent this year and we will witness a new state champion in all three distance events. Here are the top 2B boys to watch for this season.
Andre Knudson, La Conner
Big improvements from freshman to sophomore year for La Conner's Andre Knudson. Knudson dropped multiple seconds in three of his events and qualified for the 2B state track meet in all of them. He placed 10th in both the 1,600 meter running 4:46.66, nine seconds off his personal best of 4:37.73, and the 3,200 meter running a personal best time of 10:39.11. In the 800 meter, Knudson placed on the podium finishing seventh running 2:04.64, three seconds off his personal best of 2:01.36 from the preliminary race the previous day. Great speed can carry Knudson a long way this season and it's not just in the 800 meter. He is a top four finisher in the 800 meter, but don't be surprised if he comes around in the 1,600 or 3,200 meter and places top eight in one or both.
Nicholas Marty, Toledo
Nicholas Marty began the season on a hot start last spring throwing down personal best times in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races. Marty ran 4:34.75 in the 1,600 meter at the Kalama Twilight Invite and 9:55.95 in the 3,200 at a 2B Central League meet. But since those races, Marty was not able to reach those marks again at the 2B state meet. However, despite running slower times at state, Marty went home with two medals in these events. Placed eighth in the 1,600 meter running 4:40.94 and fourth in the 3,200 meter running 10:04.98. Last fall, Marty was sixth at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running 16:12.7, where the week before he ran a personal best time of 15:55.7 at the district four championships. I know Marty can execute a great race in the 3,200 meter at state as a top three finisher, it's just the question of whether he is able to run well in the 1,600 meter to reach the podium. He is young, but is an experienced runner.
Ryland McCullough, Northwest Christian (Lacey)
Northwest Christian hit the jackpot when they got Ryland McCullough this past fall as a transfer student from Oregon. McCullough was one of the best 800 meter runners at the 5A level in Oregon running a personal best time of 1:55.29 at the state track meet his sophomore year. He's also a talented 1,500 meter runner with a personal best time of 4:05.76. Last fall, McCullough was 33rd at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running17:20.6 and a member of the Wolverines sixth consecutive state team title. McCullough and his teammate, Garrett McSheffrey, are the top two favorites to win the 800 meter state title this spring.
Garrett McSheffrey, Northwest Christian (Lacey)
As last years runner-up at the 2B state track meet in the 800 meter, Garrett McSheffrey is an early season favorite to win the events state title this spring. McSheffrey ran a personal best time of 1:56.34 in the 800 meter finals at state as runner-up, and also placed third in both the 1,600 meter running 4:27.94, three seconds off his personal best of 4:24.27, and in the 3,200 meter running a personal best time of 10:03.57. Earlier in the season at the Eason Invite, McSheffrey had one of the best performances in the 800 meter as he ran 1:58.8 to advance to the evenings elite race, and then ran a personal best time in the elite race in 1:56.82, all within a span of five hours. Last fall, McSheffrey placed seventh at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running 16:22.6 and was second on the Wolverines state championship team. He's also been part of four state championship teams at Northwest Christian. Along with being a favorite to win the 800 meter state race, McSheffrey is also in the mix win the 1,600 meter state title as well.