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Checking in with track and field’s top competitors

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).

West Sound 400 record falls — twice

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

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.

North Kitsap’s Colyer will compete at Montana

Reagan Colyer has found a place to run in college, but what she will running is still in doubt.
Colyer signed a letter of intent to run at Montana last month.
Montana, where her dad Jim went to school, has been her main choice since before she became a contender for a track and field scholarship.
Colyer, who wants to study journalism, is a three-time state champ in the hurdles and she has finished among the top five at the state cross country champs.
She’ll run cross country in the fall for the Grizzlies, but what she’ll during the track and field season is still to be determined.
She can clearly do distance events. She ran the 1,600 for fun earlier this season and, in miserable conditions, ran in 5 minutes 14.02 seconds, which is the school record and the 16th best time in the state. She’s also run the steeplechase. Three state titles show she can do hurdles.
The rest of the season, will be dedicated to the hurdles.
“I have been off to a bit of a slow start,” Colyer said.
Colyer is the second North Kitsap state champ to compete in Division I track and field. Long/triple jumper Alex Lanzafame is going to Princeton.

North Kitsap’s Lanzafame commits to Princeton

North Kitsap’s Alex Lanzafame committed to the Princeton Tigers on Tuesday.
Lanzafame won titles in the long jump and triple jump last year at the Class 2A state meet. She jumped 38 feet, 9.25 inches in the triple jump last year, which was the meet record. It’s also the West Sound record.
Lanzafame has a 3.976 grade-point average and she’s an accomplished violin player.

Dowell going into state track coaches Hall of Fame

Lane “Lanny” Dowell was headed to the Tacoma Dome to watch the state football championships last week, when the phone rang.
It was a call telling him he was going into the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“They laid that one on me, and I thought ‘whoa,’” he said.
Dowell’s coaching resume isn’t long. He was an assistant at West Bremerton from 1963-73. He was the head coach in 1974. He came back as an assistant for a few years.
He made a big impact as an official. He became an official in 1989 and worked 15 US track and field championships, including three Olympic trials.
Dowell as officiated nine international meets.
He was the national official of the year in 2005 and twice won the award in Washington and twice in Oregon. He’s been nominated for the national track and field officials Hall of Fame.
Dowell retired from working the big meets in 2008, but he still helps out at high school meets.
Dowell has worked tirelessly toward making the hammer throw a higher profile sport in Washington. It’s not a WIAA certified event in high school meets. He helped create a state championship meet for the event in 2000. He also a key figure in making the Washington vs. Oregon meet of champions in 1997.
He’s also worked with the WIAA on improving the quality of officiating, especially at postseason meets.
As Dowell points out, track and field is the most participated sports in high school and meets often don’t have qualified officials.
“That’s what has to be done to make the sport first class,” he said.

Colyer, Smith win BorderDuel titles

North Kitsap’s Reagan Colyer won the 300 hurdles title at the BorderDuel track and field meet at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. The meet pits the best track athletes from Washington and Oregon.
Colyer, the Class 2A state champ in the 100 and 300 hurdles, also added a second-place finish in the steeplechase.
Olympic sophomore Zach Smith won the 100.
Complete results are here.

North Kitsap wins 2A girls team title

Final update: North Kitsap has 69 points. Sehome has 67. NK is first Kitsap team to win team track title since South Kitsap in the early 1990s.

Another update: One event left. North Kitsap has a six-point lead on Squalicum, which has no more points available. NK has a 10-point lead on Sehome, which has a 4×400 relay team remaining. As long as Sehome doesn’t win the event, NK wins state team title. If Sehome, wins it shares title with NK.

Update: With two events remaining, things are close. North Kitsap leads with 65 points and Squalicum has 63 and Sehome has 53.
North Kitsap has Indigo Williams remaining in the 200. Squalicum is done. Sehome is the threat. They have the top seed in the 200 and 4×400 relay. Two wins would give them 73 points, meaning Williams would need eight points in the 200 (a second-place finish) to tie it.
This is going to be close.

There’s five events remaining in the 2A girls track and field meet, and the Vikings have positioned themselves to win the team title.
NK has 62 points with points to come in the discus and 200. Sehome is in second place with 47 and points to come in the 200 and discus and possibly the 1,600. Bellingham is third with 46 and points in the 200 and 1,600. Squalicum is fourth with 43 and has points mostly left in the discus (unless there’s some upsets).
The only team title for a Kitsap came in the early 1990s when the South Kitsap girls won back-to-back AAA titles.
NK has had big performances all weekend with athletes popping personal bests left and right. Alex Lanzafame won triple and long jump titles. Reagan Colyer swept the hurdles events. Indigo Williams is piling up points in the 100 and 200 and is part of two relays to win points. The 4×100 relay — which saw the meet record it set last year get broken by Bellingham — took second for eight big points. Lexi Simmons is putting points in the shot put and likely the discus.

North Kitsap piling up state titles and points

It’s still early in the day here at Mount Tahoma for the state track and field meets.
North Kitsap has already piled up two state titles. Reagan Colyer won the 300 hurdles in an impressive 43.97. It goes with the 100 hurdles title she won on Friday. Alex Lanzafame, who broke the 2A meet record in the triple jump Friday, won the long jump.
North Kitsap is in the thick of the team race, through 10 events. Squalicum has 43. NK has 41 and Sehome has 32. NK has points coming up in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay (as does Sehome) and the discus.
Also, North Mason’s CJ Allen just missed a 300 hurdles title as Steilacoom’s Daniel Zmuda beat him by .02.
If you want to watch some of the happenings at state track, click here.