High School Sports

PREP BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Squalicum Storm

Coach: Katrina Henry

Last year: Finished ninth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 32 points. ... Finished seventh at the Class 2A Bi-District Finals with 41 points. ... Finished seventh at the Class 2A State Championships with 25 points.

Returning state participants: Chais Sugden (sr., 800*)

Others to watch: Josiah Westbrook (jr., sprints); Coleman Schwab (sr., sprints/jumps); Damek Mitchell (so., sprints/jumps); Josh Vail (jr., sprints/jumps); Andrew Napier (jr., throws); Creighton Kaui (jr., throws); Justin Ho (so., pole vault)

Outlook: The Squalicum track and field team got a whole lot more athletic with a major influx of new athletes coming out this spring. Those talents include Josiah Westbrook, who last year competed for Blaine at state in the 100, 200 and 400, Damek Mitchell, Josh Vail and Coleman Schwab. “I’m actually really excited about the guys,” Storm coach Katrina Henry said in a phone interview. “We have a lot of new athletes coming out for track that are really talented athletes in other sports.” Those newcomers should help bolster Squalicum’s sprint group and jumping crew. Without a doubt, Squalicum’s top returner is last year’s 800 meter state champion, Chais Sugden, who is back for his senior year. Anchoring Squalicum’s throwers is Andrew Napier, and Chris Paz, who has the look of a strong thrower. Creighton Kaui also adds talent to the throwing group, and Justin Ho could develop into a solid pole vaulter. A younger athlete to watch is freshman Brian Pullman, who Henry said has shown promise in sprints and jumps.

*state champion

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