Tonasket boys, girls each 2nd at home invite

Tonasket's Ryker Marchand and Adam Halvorsen compete in the 1600 meter run at the Tigers' invitational.

Tonasket’s Ryker Marchand and Adam Halvorsen compete in the 1600 meter run at the Tigers’ invitational.

TONASKET – Tonasket’s boys and girls each took second at the Tigers’ home invitational on Friday, April 13, while Oroville’s boys finished seventh and the girls took fourth.

Both teams were missing significant contributors due to the Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Seattle over the weekend.

“The teams competed hard and are coming along well as we head into the second half of the season,” said Tonasket coach Bob Thornton. “Thanks to the many volunteers, the meet went well. We appreciate all those who gave of their time to support the athletes at their home meet.”

Tiger boys win five events

Chelan won the boys title with 87 meets to 85.3 for the Tigers. Omak (75) edged Bridgeport (74) for third. The Hornets finished with 34 points.

For the Tonasket boys, event winners included John Stedtfeld in the 100 (12.42) and 200 (23.88); Jake Hickman in the 800 (2:15.50); and Damon Halvorsen in the 1600 (4:51.50) and 3200 (10:12.00). Other top finishers included Zach Villalva in the 100 (4th, 12.77) and long jump (2nd, 18-6); Smith Condon in the 400 (4th, 58.77); and Dallas Tyus in the triple jump (3rd, 35-3).

“Our seniors – John, Jake and Damon – continue to show the results of their hard work in their victories,” Thornton said. “Freshman Joaquin Polito (5th, 121-7) is coming on strong in the javelin.”

Caleb Haney was the Hornets’ lone event winner with a discus throw of 126-2. Top finishers for Oroville included Zack Speiker in the 1600 (3rd, 5:01.24); and Ruben Renfro (2nd, 8-6.25) and Sean DeWitte (3rd, 8-6) in the pole vault).

“It was a cold and windy day again,” said Oroville coach Harold Jensen. “Hopefully the weather will be warmer (this week) in Quincy and we can field a full team.”

Shorthanded Hornets still take 4th

Omak won the girls meet with 104 points to 99 for Tonasket.

Oroville’s girls managed a fourth place finish (58 points) despite its missing team members.

Winners for the Hornets were Sierra Speiker in the 1600 (6:01.52) and 3200 (12:19.59) and Callie Barker in the pole vault (8-0). Other top finishers included Brittany Jewett (4th, 77-6) and Andrea Perez (5th, 75-6) in the javelin and Breanna Ervin (3rd, 6-6) in the pole vault. The 4×100 relay team of Selina Bobadilla, Breanna Ervin, Bethany Roley and Sonia Bobadilla (1:03.27), 4×200 team of Lisa Hartvig, Brittany Jewett, Bobadilla and Bobadilla (2:06.15) and 4×400 team of Kaitlyn Grunst, Ervin, Speiker and Hartvig (4:50.03) all finished fourth.

Tonasket’s winners included Cassie Spear (1:07.70) in the 100 and Ali Hill (31-11) in the shot put, as well as the 4×100 (54.40) and 4×200 (1:54.94) relay teams of Spear, Kelly Cruz, Amber Kilpatrick and Karlie Henneman (54.40). Additionally, Tonasket’s Emily Mills, competing unattached and not included in the team scoring, clocked exhibition times of 13.94 in the 100, 27.79 in the 200 and 1:01.86 in the 400.

“The teams competed hard and are coming along well as we head into the second half of the season,” Thornton said. “Ali had a great league-leading throw in the shot put.

“Things are looking good for Tonasket track and field.”

Other top finishers included Henneman in the 100 (3rd, 14.64); Spear (3rd, 29.07) and Kilpatrick (4th, 29.30) in the 200; Devan Utt in the high jump (2nd, 4-8.75) and 100 hurdles (3rd, 18.47); Kathryn Cleman in the 300 hurdles (4th, 57.36); and Savannah Clinedinst in the pole vault (4th, 5-6).

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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