Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen finished third in a stacked 800
meter field at the Brooks PR Invitational meet Saturday at Renton
Memorial Stadium. The meet showcases the fastest high school
runners in the nation.
Christen, who will run at Washington in the fall, finihsed in 2
minutes, 6.35 seconds. Alexa Efraimson of Camas won the event in
Rose Christen was second in the Class 4A 800 at the state track
and field championships on Saturday. Now that the times are updated
from the weekend, her time of 2:05.62 (No. 2 in state history and
No. 1 in West Sound history) is the No. 4 time in the nation. Camas’ Alexa
Efraimson, who won in 2:04.10, is No. 2.
Here’s the highlight for Kitsap at the state track and field
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
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
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen won the Class 4A state
discus title on Friday.
His first throw, 160-10, was the winner.
Teammate Marcus Burk was fifth at 154-11.
VanAmen won the national junior title in the event last year.
Too bad she’s not from Washington. Fourth place will get you a
medal here. In Texas, apparently only top three get a medal. You
can read about her here.
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
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,
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)
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
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
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the
200 at 25.96.
The Lil’ Norway Invitational track and field meet
on Saturday at North Kitsap will be dedicated to former coach Gordy
Stenerson was the boys track and field coach at NK for 20 years
(1973-92). He also assisted the girls program for two years in the
The Vikings were fourth at state in 1977 under Stenerson.
He will be honored at a ceremony before the meet begins at 10:50
a.m. The meet, which features 13 teams, including most of the teams
around West Sound, begins at 11 a.m.
In his first high school track and field meet on Thursday, South Kitsap freshman Nolan
VanAmen had a big debut.
He won the shot put at 51-4.5 and he won the discus at 169-10,
which broke the school record.
His brother Chandler won the javelin at 159-0.
Nolan VanAmen made headlines over the summer for winning national
titles in the shot put and discus and breaking discus records.
Chris Chancellor, hard-working sports reporter for the Port
Orchard Independent, wrote Monday that South Kitsap High School
will not be holding the Kurt Wagner Memorial Relays, which were
scheduled for Saturday. SK athletic director Ed Santos told
Chancellor that not enough school were willing to participate in
The Kurt Wagner Memorial Relays — formerly known as the South
Kitsap Relays until 2013 — were named after the former South Kitsap
School District deputy superintendent who died of cancer in