Category Archives: Track and Field

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


Three Cougars sign letter of intent

Central Kitsap had a signing ceremony for three athletes who have landed scholarships.
Hudson Keffer, who second in the Javelin at the Class 4A state track and field meet, signed with Arizona State.
All-Narrows League basketball player Taylor Krouse signed with Holy Names in Oakland.
Volleyball player Lexi Downey signed with Coastal Georgia.
We’ll have more in Friday’s paper.

Big day for Kitsap state track and field meet

Here’s the highlight for Kitsap at the state track and field meets.
Olympic won the boys team title.
Oly’s best finish was by Zach Smith won the 200 in a West Sound record time of 21.69. That lowered his own record. Smith was also second in the 100 at 10.64, which is just off the West Sound record of 10.62.
Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen was second in the 800, shattering last year’s state record in 2:05.64. She was second to Camas’ Alexa Efraimson who has the record in 2:04.10.
Central Kitsap’s Hudson Keffer was second in the 4A boys javelin at 192-8. Teammate Spencer Claeys was fourth at 179-0.
Kingston’s Garrett Rouser won the 2A boys title in the 300 hurdles in 37.97.

Local track standouts ranked in Top 10

Here’s a look at the track and field athletes from the area who are ranked in the Top 10 in the state in their respective events (from

Olympic’s Zach Smith (2nd, 100, 10.67; 5th, 200, 22.10)
Olympic’s Jaleel Elmore (4th, 400, 49.45)
Kingston’s Garrett Rouser (1st, 300 hurdles, 38.62)
Olympic’s 4×100 relay (7th, 42.99)
South Kitsap’s Nolan VanAmen (3rd, Shot put, 55-0.75; 1st, Discus, 172-7)
Central Kitsap’s Hudson Keffer (2nd, Javelin, 201-0)
Central Kitsap’s Spencer Claeys (7th, Javelin, 184-11)
Bainbridge’s Jack Odell (T9th, High jump, 6-4)

Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen (2nd, 400, 56.63; 3rd, 800, 2:10.64; 4th, 1,600, 5:01.58).
Central Kitsap’s 4×100 relay (10th, 1:46.28)
Central Kitsap’s 4×400 relay (4th, 4:05.08)
Bainbridge’s 4×400 relay (8th, 4:07.37)

Young track stars taking state by storm

There’s a few underclass track stars around Kitsap that should be interesting to watch as the postseason hits next month.
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen, who broke a national junior record over the summer, also broke the school record in the discus at 172-7. That’s also the best mark in the state.
VanAmen is putting up huge numbers for a freshman. The West Sound record is 188-1 (set by Bainbridge’s Matt Wauters in 2004), and that seems sure to fall before he’s done. The state record for a freshman is 176-6 (set by Lynnwood’s Ben Lindsey in 1993) and that seems a good bet to fall.
The state record is 207-2.
He’s also fourth in the shot put at 54-3. The state freshman record is 58-1.75 (set by Spokane’s Mike Shill in 1977) and that also is in reach.
Olympic sophomore Jaleel Elmore broke the school record in the 400 with a 49.45 last weekend (old record was 49.74 (conv) set by Andrew Cole in 1999). The mark is the best in the state so far this season.
Central Kitsap’s Cameron Carroll, who we wrote about in today’s paper, is fifth in the state in the 800.
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the 200 at 25.96.