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Young track stars taking state by storm

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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.

Lil Norway meet will be dedicated to Stenerson

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Lil’ Norway Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at North Kitsap will be dedicated to former coach Gordy Stenerson.
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 1990s.
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.

South Kitsap’s VanAmen makes big debut

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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.

SK cancels Kurt Wagner Memorial Relays

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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 event.

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 2012.

West Sound track and field record book rewritten this year

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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:


A busy early morning on the Mount Tahoma track

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

UPDATE: Central Kitsap’s Michael Thomas won the Class 4A boys 400 in a West Sound record time off 47.84 (unofficial).
Another West Sound record fell as South Kitsap boys won the 4×400 relay in 3:18.39. An SK relay team had the record since 1988 at 3:30.05.

We’ve seen state titles and state records broken from West Sound track and field athletes. Let’s get you caught up:
In the 2A girls 300 hurdles, North Kitsap’s Reagan Colyer broke the 2A state meet record, but ended up in second place. Colyer, the defending state champ in the event, ran in 43.44. Sehome’s Hanna Tarleton won in 43.20. The old record was 43.80.
North Mason’s CJ Allen broke the meet record in his 300 hurdle race and got the state title. Allen, who broke the record in the prelims on Friday, ran a 37.33. The record before the weekend was 37.79.
Another record that fell was the girls 800 as Camas’ Alexa Efraimson, who broke the overall state meet record in the 1,600 on Thursday, did the same in 2:08.17. Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen was second in 2:10.35.
South Kitsap’s LaForrest Church won the 4A boys 800 title in 1:51.82. That’s the top time in the state this season.
Olympic’s Zach Smith was second in the 2A boys 100.
Central Kitsap’s Hudson Keffer took second in the 4A boys javelin.
I’ll be back with more later.
If you want to watch the goings-on at the state track and field meet, click here.

Checking in with track and field’s top competitors

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Just glancing around the top-notch and thought I’d share a few things.
Rose Christen is impressive. The Central Kitsap distance runner has the 4A’s top time in the 3,200 (fifth overall in the state), second in the 1,600 (third) and third in the 800 (fifth). Last year, she medaled in the 800 and 3,200 at state. It’ll be interesting to see what she does when districts kick off on Friday.
South Kitsap’s 4×400 relay is third in the state and 0.76 seconds separates first from third. Federal Way, which is second, will face SK in the district meet this weekend. LaForrest Church, who will run at Memphis next year, is fifth in the state and second in the 4A (to Central Kitsap’s Michael Thomas) in the 400 and he’s ninth in the 4A in the 800 (an event he was fifth in state last year). Adam Gascoyne, who was SK’s top running back, is sixth in the 4A in the 400.
North Mason’s CJ Allen is top 10 in the 2A in four events: 200, 400, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles (which is second in the state, just .07 seconds behind first).
North Kitsap’s Reagan Colyer, who has won three state hurdles titles, is in the top 10 in the 2A in both hurdle events and the 1,600 (seventh), an event she ran just once this year and broke the school record in 5:14.02 (she does have three top-five finishes at the state cross country meet). She also has the second-best time in the 2A (and fifth overall in the state) in the 400 at (56.91).

Coaches asked to resign after ordering kids to do bear crawls

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Four track and field coaches at an Indiana high school were asked to resign because they ordered kids to do bear crawls on an asphalt track after missing a practice. Some of the kids evidently got blisters on their hands. What do you think? Here’s the AP report.


West Sound 400 record falls — twice

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Two 400 runners have eclipsed the West Sound record in the event.
North Mason’s CJ Allen, who is better known for his ability in the hurdles, ran a 48.78 seconds. Central Kitsap’s Michael Thomas clocked in at 48.86.
Allen, who run the event just twice this year, has the No. 4 time in the state. Thomas, a standout basketball player, is No. 6.
The West Sound record is 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.
South Kitsap’s LaForrest Church is 14th in the state at 49.69.
Allen is also second in the state in the 300 hurdles, just .07 behind Steilacoom’s Daniel Zmuda. That time of 37.66 is another West Sound record. Central Kitsap’s Dom Demouchet ran a 37.82 in 1997. Allen was second at the state meet last year at 37.89.

Big weekend for track and field

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

There are several big track and field meets coming Saturday.
The state’s biggest invitational, the Pasco Invite, starts at 9 a.m. with a handful of locals heading over to test their skills against the state’s best.
At North Kitsap, the Lil’ Norway gets underway at 11 a.m. The Norway offers a few different events such as a sprint medley relay and a 4×800 relay.
Local teams such as Kingston, Klahowya, North Mason and Olympic will be at the 12-team meet.

Next Saturday (April 20), the inaugural Bremerton Invitational is at Memorial Stadium. Among the 11 teams competing are Crosspoint, Sequim and Bainbridge.
The meet, which begins at 9 a.m., will run the mile (instead of the 1,600) and the 1,500 steeplechase along with a coaches/throwers/co-ed 4×100 relay.

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