There were so many records broken by West Sound track and field
athletes — and some I’m just catching up with — in the last few
weeks, I wanted to recap.
Let’s start with North Mason’s CJ Allen. He broke the Class 2A state meet record and lowered his West Sound record in the 300 hurdles. Allen ran a 37.28 in Friday’s prelims. The old record was 37.79. It was also the best time in the state this season.
Allen broke the West Sound record earlier this season. It was held by Central Kitsap’s Dom Demouchet at 37.82.
He was close to the West Sound record in the 110 hurdles. South Kitsap’s Roger Cooper, who made to a couple NFL training camps after a successful career at Montana State, holds the record at 14.14. Allen ran a 14.34.
Reagan Colyer broke her West Sound record in the 100 hurdles at 14.88 at districts. In the 300 hurdles, she was faster than the Class 2A state meet record, but was second place. The 43.44 lowered her own West Sound record of 43.56 set last season.
Central Kitsap’s Michael Thomas lowered his West Sound record in the 400 with a 47.83. There’s been an assault on that record this year as Thomas, Allen and South Kitsap’s LaForrest Church have all beaten it.
The previous record was a hand-timed 49.0 (49.24 converted) set by Jeff Ellison of East Bremerton in 1977 and Scott Christensen or Port Angeles in 1966.
Church anchored South Kitsap’s 4×400 relay which broke the West Sound record at 3:18.39 (along with Adam Gascoyne, Zach Sleigh and Mason Villarma). A South Kitsap team from 1988 had run a 3:20.05. Church (1:51.82) was also close to the 800 record.
Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen broke the West Sound record in the 800 at the district meet at 2:10.24. That breaks the record of Port Angeles’ Penny Graves, who ran a 2:10.98 in 1983. She was also close to the 1,600 record (4:53.91).
Central Kitsap (Destiny Dunbar, Keyera Gaulden, Kendra Fields, Jasmine Leaptrot) broke the record in the 4×200 relay in 1:43.76 at the Narrows League meet. It beat the Central Kitsap team that posted a 1:43.82 in 1991.
Correction: This post originally indicated that CK’s had broken the girls 4×100 relay record with a 48.88. North Kitsap still holds the record with the 48.49 set two year ago.
Also, Olympic sprinter Zach Smith was omitted. Smith ran a 21.60 at the state meet, one of three runners to go under the Class 2A state meet time. Smith beat the 1978 record set by Bremerton’s Jerome Walker. Walker ran a hand-time 21.6, which converts to a 21.9.
All told, that’s eight record broken this season.
Here’s a look at the updated West Sound record book: