LEWISTON — Walla Walla High School captured the boys team title here in track and field action at the Sweeney Invite. 

The Blue Devils scored 110 points to edge Lewiston’s 103.5. Weston-McEwen scored 20 to finish 10th.

On the girls side, Boise’s Timberline took the title with 138.5, and the Blue Devils finished second with 82. Weston-McEwen took 10th with 24.

Patrick Utschinski led the Blue Devils with two individual titles. Utschinski threw the discus 153-feet-09 to win. Blue Devil Adam Kopf was fourth with a 127-08 effort. McLoughlin’s Tristan Brannan took 11th for the Pioneers with a 113-00 throw.

Utschinski completed his weight double, double with a 47-01 effort in the shot put to win the event. Kopf gave Wa-Hi a one, two sweep with a 43-10.00 second place heave.

In the running events, Jared Mcalvey won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 110. Mcalvey won the 300 in 40.91. His 15.14 in the 110 was second to Couer D’Alene’s Nate Burch who won in 14.85.

“Jared was very impressive,” Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. “As good an opening day as I’ve seen in 10 or 15 years.”

In the 200 meters, Javon Handcox earned Wa-Hi third place points with a 23.80 effort. Weston-McEwen’s Jacob Speed finished fourth in 23.98. Burch won his second race with a run of 23.46.

Speed earned second place points for the TigerScots with a 52.37 performance in the 400. Lewiston’s Ozzy Wexler edged Speed with a 52.01 winning time.

Wa-Hi’s 4X400 relay team of Shawn Adams, Henry Farnum, Sam Sievertsen, and Mcalvey came up three seconds short. Wa-Hi ran a 3:37.44, but Lewiston ran a 3:34.02 to win the relay.

Weston-McEwen ran to a fourth in the 4X200 relay. Running against larger schools, the TigerScot quartet of Hadden Ball, Khai Robertson, Kelen McGill, and Speed finished in 1:38.92. Lake City ran a 1:35.20 to win.

For the TigerScots, Dalton Thomas and Robertson earned points in the triple jump. Thomas went 39-06.00 for third. and Robertson leaped 35-10.00 for ninth.

Mac-Hi’s Isael Ibarra competed for the Pioneers in the pole vault and finished ninth with a 9-06.00 effort.

In the distance events, Wa-Hi’s Cooper Cortinas finished fourth in the 3200 with a 9:59.00 run with Cannon Angotti eighth in 10:11.00. Shawn Adams picked up a seventh in the 1600 for Wa-Hi with a 4:43.44 run.  

“Our distance kids were fantastic today,” Hisaw said of his 1600 and 3200 boys contingent. “I’m pleased with where we are.”

On the girls side, Kendal Tyler and Abigail Snyder led Wa-Hi to its second place finish. Tyler won the pole vault with a 9-06.00 effort. Weston-McEwen’s Katie Vescio cleared 8-00.00 to take fourth place points for the TigerScots. 

Snyder won the 300 hurdles for Wa-Hi with a 47.37 run. In the 100 hurdles, Emma Wenzel ran to third in 17.19 for the Blue Devils. 

The Blue Devil 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams both finished second. 

The 4×100 team of Ellie Sievertsen, Snyder, Karly Kenny, and Madeline Jacobson ran to a 53.25 to just be edged by Lake City, as Lake City finsishd in 53.13 to win.

In the 4×400, Hannah Gardner, Tyler, Snyder, and Wenzel took second in 4:22.80.

“The girls relay teams were outstanding,” Hisaw commented. “The 4×1 and the 4×4 handled the baton really well.”

In the 100, Kenny ran a 13.53 to trail Lewiston’s Kassie Collins by .10 seconds. Collins won in 13.43 and Kenny finished in third.

In the 1600, Wa-Hi’s Ella Nelson ran to third in 5:21.52.

In the discus and shot, Skylar Druffel tied for third in the discus with a 118-03 effort for Wa-Hi. Hannah Gilmore’s shot of 31:03.5 earned Wa-Hi sixth place.

In the long jump, Mac-Hi’s Sydney Dibble took 11th with a 13-10.25 leap.

“It wasn’t a wonderful day weather wise for us,” Hisaw summarized. “It was a really good first meet. Our kids battled for six hours. It was a super day for our kids. I’m really proud of them.”

Wa-Hi travels to Selah Saturday.



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