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Warning, track nerdiness ahead: 400 relay or 4×100 relay?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

All right Dan Dittmer, you win.
You can call your email campaign to a halt.
I give up.
Dittmer, the former track and field coach at Crosspoint who now helps at North Mason, and I have had a friendly track-nerdish debate the past few years.
Should it be 400 relay or 4×100 relay?
Dittmer has argued tirelessly that it should be 4×100 relay as just about every coach and organization around the world calls it.
In my corner? A commitment to writing well and the world of swimming.
The 4×100 relay is redundant.

Olympic track and field standings and who will be champ?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

A note about these standings. These are one half of the formula used to determine the league champ. The place in these standing will be added to the place finished at the league meet. The lowest score is the champion.

Olympic League Track and Field Standings
[2 pts for each triangular meet win and 1 pt for each triangular meet 2nd place]
Boys Standings
North Kitsap 4
North Mason 4
Olympic 3
Kingston 3
Sequim 2
Port Angeles 1
Klahowya 1
Bremerton 0
Port Townsend 0

Girls Standings
North Kitsap 4
Port Angeles 3
North Mason 3
Kingston 3
Port Townsend 2
Sequim 1
Bremerton 1
Olympic 1
Klahowya 0

Vikings re-writing West Sound record book

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

A little more on the North Kitsap girls track and field team, which is rewriting the West Sound record book as well as competing for a title.
This NK team broke three local records last year, and is nearing more.
The Vikings broke the West Sound record in the 400-meter relay at state last year.
Kamina Flemming, Reagan Colyer, Kristin Brown and Indigo Williams set a Class 2A state meet record with a time of 48.49. It broke the West Sound record of 49.1 set by Central Kitsap (Yashiva Edwards, Amber Johnson, Christina Lake, Mischa Jones) in 1991.
For Colyer, the school and West Sound hurdle records were the same thing.
NK’s Kari Near ran the 100 hurdles in 14.87 in 1984. Convert that hand-timed mark to FAT (fully-automated timing) and you get 15.14. Colyer ran a 14.90 last year.
In the 300 hurdles, NK’s Cristen Sandberg ran a 44.39 in 1990. That converts to a 45.04. Colyer ran a 44.43 last year.
Alexandra Lanzafame is close in the triple jump. Her best of 35-9 is inches away from nearing the 36-10.5 jumped by NK’s Taylor Ottomano in 2010.
Keep reading for the complete West Sound record book:


CK’s Christen has top time in state in 800

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

It’s early in the track and field season, but Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen has the state’s top time in the 800 (at least according to the marks reported to
Here are the state leaders.
There are plenty of North Kitsap girls among the state leaders.
Among the boys, North Mason hurdler Craig Allen is fifth in the 300 hurdles.

SK Relays replacing venerable SK Invite

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

There’s a new invitational track and field meet on the schedule this year, and it replaces one of Kitsap’s biggest meets.
The South Kitsap relays is Saturday at Joe Knowles Stadium. It mimics the Bremerton Relays, which was run successfully under former coach for Lloyd Pugh for many years.
The plug was pulled on the Bremerton Relays in 2009 because the new track was laid down with a narrow lane and it was never rebooted.
“We thought we’d try something different,” SK co-track and field coach Paul Zimmer said.
The relays will replace the South Kitsap Invitational, which was held every year in late April. It was typically the biggest meet in Kitsap and used to be one of the top invitationals in the state.
Zimmer said the competition with many of the other big meets around the state took away from the competition at the SK Invite.
Often it was shortly after the Pasco Invitational, which is the top regular-season meet in the state. The SK Invite competed against some other top meets such as the Larry Eason Invitatonal in Snohomish, which SK is attending.
The relays run every event as a relay, including field events, meaning each team has four competitors and the team’s total decides the winner. The relays also have the steeplechase, which is rare at high school meets.
Ten teams will partake in the meet: Port Townsend, Klahowya, Olympic, Port Angeles, Auburn Mountainview, Bremerton, Lincoln, Peninsula, Olympia and South Kitsap.
The field events begin at 11 a.m. and the track events start at noon.

Bobsledder helping out NK track and field team

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I was shivering at a track and field meet today when I ran into Dak Kongela, who is helping out the NK track and field team.
Kongela is as friendly as it comes and one of my favorite athletes to come out of Kitsap.
Readers of this blog know I reference his story from his senior season when he came out of nowhere to win the state title in the 100.
He’s helping out until he heads out for summer workout program has he tries to make it in the world of bobsledding.

Hurd earns track and field honor

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Olympic assistant boys basketball coach Jerry Hurd (and former girls head coach) was named one of the officials of the year by the Washington State Track & Field Coaches Association.
Hurd is regular at state meets.

Split decision for Kingston in 1,600

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Marina Roberts won the Class 2A girls title in the 1,600, edging Audrey Lichten from Sequim. Roberts, who has been a state runner-up, won in 5:05.53. Lichten was just behind in 5:05.68.

Nicholas Schippers lost a heartbreaker for the boys title as we clipped in the final meters. Schippers took it out hard halfway through the race and led until the final 10 meters. White River’s Marcus Dickson won in 4:17.38. Schippers had 4:17.66.

I’ll be back with times and more details soon.

Two state track titles for North Kitsap

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

North Kitsap sophomore Reagan Colyer won the Class 2A state title in the 300 hurdles here at the state meet at Mount Tahoma in Tacoma.

Colyer, the top qualifier on Friday, won in 44.56. Second place was 45.31. Colyer, also the school’s top cross country runner, broke a 30-year old school record in the prelims yesterday at 44.43.

Colyer was also part of the 400 relay team that just won the state title in 48.49, which is a 2A meet record. They blew away the field. Toppenish was second at 49.55. Also on the team was Indigo Williams (who took fifth in the 100), Kamina Flemming (8th in the 100) and Kristin Brown.

I’ll be back with more later.

Bremerton’s Kennedy wins state javelin title

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Bremerton’s Kyle Kennedy won the Class 3A state javelin title at Mount Tahom, throwing 186 feet, 4 inches 184 feet, 6 inches. He’s the only Kitsap athlete with a state title to his name so far. Sequim’s Frank Catelli won the 2A shot put title at 55-10.75.

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