Just glancing around the top-notch Athletic.net 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
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).
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.
Two 400 runners have eclipsed the West Sound record in the
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.
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.
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
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
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 Alex Lanzafame committed to the Princeton Tigers
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
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
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
“That’s what has to be done to make the sport first class,” he
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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