Sehome senior Chanelle Eddy could barely hold the wealth of awards she earned herself or helped earn during the annual Birger Solberg Invitational. Luckily, a member of the Mariners’ coaching staff took one plaque off her hands during a post-meet interview.
It was that kind of an afternoon for Sehome, arguably the largest track and field power in the Northwest Conference.
And the operative word ‘power’ held extra meaning Saturday, April 11, at Civic Stadium.
Led by Eddy and a deep boys’ crew highlighted by Drew Norvell, the Mariners’ throwers imposed their dominance, winning both shot put competitions and the girls’ discus. Norvell, whose put of 54 feet, 10.25 inches was not only a new personal best but the top mark in the state’s 2A classification, was selected the boys’ field athlete of the meet.
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Eddy, who finally surpassed a two-year old PR with a 114-03 winning discus throw, earned girls’ field athlete of the meet for winning the discus and also taking the shot put crown with a 39-01.25 mark.
“I was really happy with discus,” Eddy said, “It’s been two years since I’ve PRed in that, so it’s really nice, but I know I have a lot more in me, but it was a pretty good meet.”
Eddy accounted for two of the Sehome girls’ eight event wins, as the Mariners rolled to a 169-point team title. Bellingham took second with 75 points, Shorewood was third with 66.5, Squalicum placed fifth with 54 and Henry Jackson’s 47 rounded out the top five.
Sehome’s boys were the highest team placer of any County boys’ team. The Mariners took third with 86.5 points, trailing first place Henry Jackson (99.5 points) and second-place Shorewood (94). Marysville-Getchell finished fourth, and Bellingham rounded out the top five with 54 points.
Eddy single-handedly took down the girls’ throwing competitions, but Norvell had plenty of help.
Four Mariner boys placed within the top five in the shot put. Tyler Haggen took second, Jeremy Johnson was fourth and Ben Malquist finished fifth.
“I love throwing with these guys,” Norvell said. “At practice we can have competitions all the time. Coach (Tim) Carlson does a great job with us. He’s just the best. I love throwing with the guys. They are all so good, and they work so hard.”
Strong Sehome performances extended to the track, as well, where senior Emily Pittis came away with titles in the 800 and 1,600 during her final Birger Solberg. The accomplished state champ finished the 800 in 2 minutes, 22.9 seconds, good for second best in all of Class 2A, and completed the 1,600 in 5:10.
Pittis’ performance earned her girls’ track athlete of the meet.
Sehome’s 4x400 team of Elsa Sandeno, Dana Ringler, Katrina Dank and Abby Jonson won in a time of 4:14.43, and Dank, who used last year’s Birger Solberg as a launching pad to the rest of her season, won a title in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 48.72 seconds. She had to hold off Henry Jackson’s Michal Jones and Bellingham’s Annie Waddell and Hattie North in the final 50 meters.
“It was the first time I was like, ‘Wow, I have a lot more potential this season,’” said Dank of her eye-opening 2014 Birger Solberg. “It’s pretty fun being first at our home invitational. It’s really exciting to see the hard work pay off this season.”
Bellingham also received strong track performances. Waddell, who said she is yet to run her best, won a title in the 100 hurdles, completing the race in 16.56 seconds. She also combined with Hannah Bradley, North and Mia Hodges to win the 4x100 relay in a time of 50.96. The Red Raiders also won the 4x200.
“We lost Alyssa Porter. She was phenomenal. She won state, but we have such hard-working girls out there,” said Waddell of the Red Raiders’ 4x100 team. “I’m really excited to work with them. It was really nice to get a win today. I think we are building our confidence and building as a team.”
Bridget Henry and Jessa Clark led Sehome’s jumping team. Henry won the high jump, clearing a height of 5-03, while Clark jumped a 33-04.75 in the triple.
The boys didn’t produce as many county champions as the girls, but Ferndale sprinter Daniel Jones certainly did his part.
The Golden Eagles senior said he’s combined high-altitude training with myriad other offseason training activities, and the results have shown. They did again Saturday.
Jones won the 200 in 22.62 seconds, won the 400 in 51.61 seconds and placed second in the 100, earning himself the boys’ track athlete of the meet award.
“My biggest motivation is just that I want to beat myself,” Jones said. “I want to see myself improve, get better times until I’m the best.”
Jones’ hard work has reflected his times. He’s already PRed in the 100, 200 and 400, and after missing state last season is on his way to getting there this spring.
Whatcom County’s only other boys event winner Saturday was Bellingham’s Jakob Chamberlin, who won the discus with a mark of 152-0 but also impressed in the javelin, earning a new PR and a second-place finish with a throw of 166-02.
Other girls event winners included Nooksack Valley’s Amy Jo Murphy, who dominated the 3,200 with a time of 11:46.40, Lynden Christian’s Daphnee Manderson, who won the javelin with a 110-05, Squalicum’s Kirsten Webber, who won the pole vault by clearing 12-0 and Squalicum’s Lauren Kurtz, who jumped 16-02.25 to win the long jump.
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Team scores: Henry Jackson 94.5, Shorewood 94, Sehome 78.5, Marysville-Getchell 55, Bellingham 54, Marysville-Pilchuck 45, Ferndale 36, Cedarcrest 31.5, Port Townsend 29, Cascade-Everett 28, (15) Blaine 21, (19) Nooksack Valley 17, (20) Squalicum 15, (22) Mount Baker 6.
100: Keynan Foster (Henry Jackson) 11.09; 200: Daniel Jones (Ferndale) 22.62; 400: Daniel Jones (Ferndale) 51.61; 800: Devan Kirk (Shorewood) 1:57.20; 1,600: Nathan Tadesse (North Surrey) 4:23.40; 1,600 (Fr/So): James Parker (Anacortes) 4:41.90 3,200: Aaron Roe (Henry Jackson) 9:40.20; 110 hurdles: Chris Diaz (Shorewood) 14.62; 300 hurdles: Brent Hafenscher (Marysville-Getchell) 40.71; 2K Steeplechase: Andrew Ayers (King’s) 6:27.80; 4x100: Shorewood (Bostyn Vordahl, Jerren Johnson, Kant Xu, Chris Diaz) 43:32; 4x200: Port Townsend (Koby Weidner, Mark Streett, Brennan LaBrie, Cameron Constantine) 1:37:16; 4x400: Marysville-Getchell (Eugene Marcus, Garrett Westover, Brent Hafenscher, Antonio Brown) 3:33:17; 4x800: Shorewood (Aaron Rainboth, Andrew Christianson, Shane Peterson, Devan Kirk) 3:33:17; Shot put: Drew Norvell (Sehome) 54-10.25; Discus: Jakob Chamberlin (Bellingham) 152-00; Javelin: Josh Robison (Henry Jackson) 167-01; High jump: Justin Welch (Cascade-Everett) 6-0; Pole vault: Ilya Nikitenko (Marysville-Pilchuck) 12-06; Long jump: Mason Elms (Sedro-Woolley) 20-05.25; Triple jump: Zach Verge (Marysville-Pilchuck) 41-0.
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Team scores: Sehome 169, Bellingham 75, Shorewood 66.5, Squalicum 54, Henry Jackson 47, Marysville-Getchell 39, Northwest 38, Marysville-Pilchuck 35, Anacortes 33, Cedarcrest 28.5, (11) Nooksack Valley 28, (15) Ferndale 20, (16) Blaine 16, (17) Mount Baker 12, (19) Lynden Christian 10.
100: Maya Jackson (Northwest) 12.98; 200: Maya Jackson (Northwest) 26.76; 400: Maya Jackson (Northwest) 1:00.32; 800: Emily Pittis (Sehome) 2:22.90; 1,600: Emily Pittis (Sehome) 5:10.00; 3,200: Amy Jo Murphy (Nooksack Valley) 11:46.40; 100 hurdles: Annie Waddell (Bellingham) 16.56; 300 hurdles: Katrina Dank (Sehome) 48.72; 2K Steeplechase: Emily Ransom (Shorwood) 7:47.80; 4x100: Bellingham (Hannah Bradley, Hattie North, Mia Hodges, Annie Waddell) 50:96; 4x200: Bellingham (Hannah Bradley, Hattie North, Mia Hodges, Emma Brice) 1:47:18; 4x400: Sehome (Elsa Sandeno, Dana Ringler, Katrina Dank, Abby Johnson) 4:14:43; 4x800: Anacortes (Grace Dzieciuch, Stella Gillman, Sophia Riccardi, Heather Hanson) 10:49:56; Shot put: Chanelle Eddy (Sehome) 39-01.25; Discus: Chanelle Eddy (Sehome) 114-03; Javelin: Daphnee Manderson (Lynden Christian) 110-05; High jump: Bridget Henry (Sehome) 5-03; Pole vault: Kirsten Webber (Squalicum) 12-0; Long jump: Lauren Kurtz (Squalicum) 16-02.25; Triple jump: Jessa Clark (Sehome) 33-04.75.