Weekend Roundup: Season gets underway with early season invites
Full recap of invites and meets from the weekend of March 18, 2023.
High school track and field got things going over the weekend with a few local invites that featured some great early-season performances.
Here are the top highlights from the weekend across the state.
Chuck Randall Invite
Glacier Peak's Jana Willems continues her great start to her senior season, picking up a pair of wins in sprints at the Chuck Randall Invite at Arlington High School.
Willems matched her personal best time of 12.22 seconds to first win the girls 100. She followed that by running a 25.86 effort to win the 200.
Squalicum's Teagan Daughters also completed the 100-200 sweep on the boys side, running personal best times of 11.17 and 22.50.
Wesley Sluys and Chase Bartlett won a distance race of their own for Squalicum, with Sluys taking the boys 800 in a personal best 1:58.58 and Bartlett winning the boys 1,600 in a personal best 4:23.71.
Kellen Langford and Blake Wayman of Arlington finished second and third in the 1,600, running times of 4:27.03 and 4:28.46.
Arlington's Ryan Rushton ran two personal best times to win both the boys hurdles races. He ran 15.31 in the 110 hurdles, then 41.28 in the 300 hurdles.
Rushton was also finished second in the long jump with a mark of 21-00. Nicholas Cunningham, Rushton's teammate, took first with a jump of 21-01.
Stanwood's Abigail Danielson won the girls 300 hurdles in a personal best time of 47.31.
Papa Wells Invite
The West Valley (Yakima) boys highlighted the competition at the Papa Wells Invite at East Valley High School in Yakima with some impressive marks.
Benjamin Pupplo cruised to an easy win in the boys 100, running a personal best time of 11.07. He also finished second in the 200 in a personal best 23.12.
Max Hutton and Caden Casteel each won a distance race for the Rams. Hutton ran a personal best 1:58.09 in the 800 and Casteel won the 1,600 in a season best performance of 4:29.70.
Ephrata's Weslee Kriete, the 2A state runner-up in shot put and discus, threw a season best 51-11 in shot put and a season best 150-08 in discus to win both events.
Eisenhower's Mary Mickelson captured the girls discus title with a throw of 125-01 - just seven feet off her personal best throw of 132-08 at the Eisenhower Jamboree.
Seattle Academy Relays
Meadowdale's Tresley Love opened her season with a pair of wins at the Seattle Academy Relays at West Seattle Stadium in the girls 100 and 400 races.
The reigning 3A state champion in the 400 ran two season best times in both events, running 12.90 in the 100 and 57.87 in the 400. Lynden's Ella Frerichs was second to Love in the 400 in a time of 59.62.
Jump standout out Troy Petz of Lynden won the boys long jump in a mark of 22-09, falling two inches short of his personal best jump. Petz also won the 200 in a season best 23.60 and finished second in the 100 in 11.57.
Juanita's Gryff Thomas and Elijay Te'o each threw personal best marks in their throwing events to earn first place finishes. Thomas, who threw 152-10 earlier in the week, reached 161-04 for a near nine-foot personal best effort. Te'o, eighth at 3A state in discus, threw 153-10 in the event to PR by 12 feet.
King's' Adrianna Coleman won the girls shot put in a personal best throw of 37-03 and discus with a mark of 125-02.
Juanita's Reese Swayne, 13th at 3A state in javelin, won the girls javelin with a personal best throw of 128-08.