Double time: Wildcats add district title after winning conference | Track
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
May 21, 2012 · Updated 10:01 AM
It was a long time coming.
The Oak Harbor High School boys track team won the 12-team District 1 3A championship Wednesday and Friday, May 16 and 18, at Wildcat Memorial Stadium a week after stunning the league by winning the conference crown.
1978 -- That was the last time Oak Harbor won both the conference and district meets in the same year. It last won the district title in 1992.
The Wildcat girls also put up a solid performance at district. After placing fifth in the Wesco meet, Oak Harbor moved up to fourth at district even with the addition of three more teams.
Boys head coach Jay Turner said he thought winning district "would be really close," especially with two runners out with injuries.
Dejon Devroe, who scored in four events at league, and Chris Opdyke, who ran on the 4x400 relay team, missed the district championships because of injury.
To win the district title, Turner said, it was emphasized that "kids needed to step up" and improve upon their league efforts.
Those improvements came from several fronts, particularly Cody Hernkind, James Harrison and John Rodeheffer.
Hernkind jumped from sixth to second in the long jump (20-05), Harrison from ninth to third in the pole vault (12) and Rodeheffer from fifth to second in the 3,200 (9:47.41).
The team title was still in doubt until the next to last event when senior Matt Reith (9:46.48) and freshman Rodeheffer ran 1-2 in the 3,200.
Oak Harbor finished with 109 points; Shorecrest took second with 85.
Glacier Peak won the girls title with 131.5 points and Shorewood was second with 101. Oak Harbor collected 72.5.
Josiah Miller (200, 22.01) and Josh Schrum (1,600, 4:17) were the other Oak Harbor winners. Miller also placed second in the 100 (10.83) in a photo finish and Schrum was third in the 800 (2:00.6).
The top two in each event qualified for the state meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma Thursday through Saturday, May 24 to 26.
The girls will be represented at state by Christina Wicker, Dominique Jackson and the 4x200 relay team.
Wicker placed second in the 400 (1:00.83), Jackson finished third (121) in the discus but surpassed the state qualifying mark and the relay team of Sierra Seabolt, Christina Alexander, Maura McKole and Jessica Hollins grabbed second (1:48.01).
Girls head coach Eric Peterson said, "The girls did perform well, better than we had expected at the beginning of the season."
He pointed out that his team scored in all but three events and loses just two seniors (McKole and Jackson) from those who competed at district: "We're a young but extremely strong girls team."
Other Oak Harbor results at district:
Third, boys: Chris Hailer, high jump, 6.
Third, girls: McKole, 200, 26.53; Ciera Wiser, javelin, 106-10.
Fourth, boys: Reith, 1,600; 4x100 relay, Hernkind, Carlton Johnson, Sheyenne Sams, Miller, 43.8; 4x400 relay, Johnson, Connor Meyer, Schrum, Miller, 3:35.95.
Fourth, girls: Hollins, 100, 12.72; Raeanna Wynne, 100 hurdles, 16.04, triple jump, 32-10.25.
Fifth, boys: Carlos Beltran, javelin, 150-01; Tucker Lundstrom, triple jump, 41-07.5.
Sixth, boys: Meyer, 800, 2:02.55; Jeremy Foster, shot, 47-05.5; Keon Crumpton, discus, 134-11.
Sixth, girls: Hollins, 200, 27.16; Jackson, javelin, 95-06; Wiser, high jump, 4-06; 4x400 relay, Heather Dale, McKole, Kelsey Johnson, Jember Jansen, 4:26.57.
Seventh, boys: Patrick Mayer, 300 hurdles, 44.53.
Seventh, girls: Seabolt, 100, 12.81; Dale, 800, 2:30.69; Marisa Sligh, 1,600, 5:28.43; Jackson, shot, 33-03.5; 4x100 relay, Nalani Gabbert, Seabolt, Alexander, Hollins, 52.96.
Eighth, boys: Clayton Richardson, 800, 2:07.61; Dayne Herron, shot, 43-03; Jackson Constant, discus, 126-04.
Eighth, girls: Wicker, 800, 3:01.2; Alex Laiblin, 3,200, 12:14.44, 1,600, 5:28.48.
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