Who to Watch for in 2019: 2B Boys Track
Time to show the little schools some love as we all burrow down in the so called "snow-apocalypse". Introducing the top boys runners at the 2B level to watch for this track season and expect to see in Cheney at state.
Austen Apperson - Adna
800, 1,600, 3,200
For the last four years, Austen Apperson has proven he is one of, if not, the best 2B runner this state has ever seen in recent memory. The Adna senior is the defending state champion in all three distance races from last spring where he scored himself 30 points for his team. Apperson ran personal best times of 1:57.2, 4:17.31, and 9:19.07. He also has two cross country state titles under his belt, with the most recent one coming this past fall where he won by 25 seconds. Apperson is also an all-league basketball player in the 2B Central League.
Justin Roosma - Walla Walla Valley
Justin Roosma wins his districts qualifying races, but somehow doesn't attend the state meets. The senior ran a personal best time of 15:22.4 this past fall but did not race at the 1B/2B state cross meet. However, in his junior track season, Roosma finished in second behind Apperson at the 2B state track meet in the 1,600. His time was 4:19.34, also a personal best. Roosma was the second ranked 800 meter runner at the 2B level with a time of 1:58.6 in the spring too, but did not run at the state track meet in this event.
Noah Phillips - Northwest Christian (Lacey)
800, 1,600, 3,200
Northwest Christian of Lacey seems to be the school with the most consistent runners to have success as Noah Phillips has shown through his first three years of high school running what he is capable of. The junior helped the Navigators to their fifth consecutive 1B/2B state team title this fall with his second place finish in 16:21.3. As a sophomore, Phillips finished in the top five in all three distance races at the 2B state track meet. He was fourth in the 800, fifth in the 1,600, and third in the 3,200. Phillips best times from last season are 2:02.36, 4:31.17, and 9:50.98.
Garrett McSheffrey - Northwest Christian (Lacey)
800, 1,600, 3,200
Another triple threat runner from Northwest Christian in Garret McSheffrey. Noah Phillip's training partner was fifth, running a time of 16:43.9, at the 1B/2B state cross meet in the fall and was another contributor to the Navigators fifth consecutive state team title. McSheffrey also qualified for all three distance races this past track season and placed top five in all three of them. He was third in the 800, fourth in the 1,600, and fifth in the 3,200. He too ran personal best times his sophomore season running 2:00.73, 4:27.02, and 10:08.83.
Addison Smee - Kalama
Addison Smee cracks the top five as the youngest to have placed at a state track meet for the 2B schools. Smee finished in eighth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 3,200 at the 2B state track meet his freshman season. His personal best times are 4:37.9 and 10:19.16. During cross country, Smee place fourth overall at the 1B/2B state meet. Look for Smee to crack the top four spots in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2019 state track meet in his sophomore season.
Others to Watch for:
Easton Pomrankey - Kettle Falls: Placed second in the 800 at the 2B state track meet in 2:00.25.
Cameron Nielson - Northwest Christian (Lacey): Placed eighth at the 1B/2B state cross meet in the fall. Qualified for the 3,200 at the 2B state track meet as a sophomore while also placing eighth.
Nicholas Marty - Toledo: Placed 10th at the 1B/2B state cross meet. Also finished in seventh at the 2B state track meet for the 3,200.
Riley Kent - Toutle Lake: Placed seventh in the 800 and 1,600 at the 2B state track meet.
Jacoby Wieber - Tri Cities Prep: Placed 12th at the 1B/2B state cross meet in 17:04.8.