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Whidbey grads continue success at collegiate level

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Oak Harbor's Shantae Young is one of the top jumpers on the Washington State University track team.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the WSU Athletic Department

Former Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school sports stars continue to shine at the collegiate level. Here’s a look at how they performed this spring.

Track

Coupeville’s Kyle King, after competing for Eastern Washington University in track for three seasons, transferred to the University of Oklahoma for his final year of eligibility. At the Big 12 Conference championship meet May 3-5, he placed 11th in the 10,000 (30:06.31) and 17th in the 5,000 (14:50.2).

During the season he ran the 3,000 in 8:27.59, the second-best time of any Sooner.

King’s sophomore brother, Tyler, runs for the University of Washington.

He posted the Huskies’ top times in the 3,000 (8:15.97) and 5,000 (14:00.58) and third best in the 1,500 (3:48.17) this spring.

Tyler King placed 29th in the 5,000 (15:03.54) in the Pac-12 championships May 11-12 in Los Angeles, then improved to 26th (14:30.99) at the NCAA West Preliminary Meet in Austin, Texas, May 23-25.

Oak Harbor’s Shantae Young led the Washington State University women’s track team in the long jump, going 17-10, and finished with the second-best triple jump mark (38-01.5). Though primarily a jumper, the junior also clocked the seventh-best 100-meter time (12.96).

Adrianna Royal, a sophomore at Sacramento State University, excelled in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this spring, including taking first place in the Sacramento State Open May 4 with a personal best 11:26.72, the eighth-best time in SSU history.

The Oak Harbor graduate also ran the 1,500 for the Hornets, who won their sixth straight Big Sky Conference title this spring.

Oak Harbor’s Allison Duvenez, a sophomore at Northwest Christian University (Eugene, Ore.), continues to write her name in the Beacons’ track record book. Duvenez holds the school record in the 400 meters (1:03.12), breaking the old mark by nearly 10 seconds.

She also set a new NCU 3,000-meter steeplechase mark of 12:29.24, almost a minute better than the previous record. The 400-meter hurdles, however, is where she really shines. She holds the 10 best school times in the event, including a record 1:06.33.

Duvenez placed ninth in the 400 hurdles at the Cascade Collegiate Conference meet.

Oak Harbor’s Matt Reith, a freshman at University of North Carolina-Pembroke, placed seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:39.21) at the Peach Belt Conference championships. He also ran the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 for the Braves.

Hannah Bressler, a freshman from Oak Harbor on the Willamette University (Salem, Ore.) women’s track team, ran the school’s fourth-best 3,000 steeplechase (11:27.5) and eighth-best 1,500 meters (5:01.4) this spring. She placed fourth (11:27.5) in the Northwest Conference meet and ninth (11:27.59) in the West Coast Invitational in the steeplechase.

Although he red-shirted this spring, Coupeville’s Hunter Hammer, a sophomore on the Everett Community College track team, competed in a few meets as an unattached athlete.

One of his best efforts came at the Ralph Vernacchia meet at Western Washington University where he placed third in the discus (144-11.25) and fifth in the shot put (42-01.25).

Rowing

Oak Harbor’s Kyle Schroeder, a sophomore at Pacific Lutheran University, rows for the Lutes.

PLU coach Thomas Schlenker said, “As a freshman in ‘11-’12 he was a great asset to the team even as a first-year rower. This year as a returning member of the varsity his experience made him a reliable foundation within the team. He had many young teammates this year and he was one of the leaders setting the tone for the team’s training during the spring season. ”

Softball

Coupeville’s Alexis Trumbull is a freshman outfielder for the Skagit Valley College softball team. Trumbull played in 27 games for the Cardinals (7-32), hitting .224 (15-67) with a double, six runs, two walks and two RBI.

She also pitched in three games (one start) for a total of six and two-thirds innings. Defensively, she recorded 16 put outs and six assists.

Baseball

After minimal playing time as a freshman, Oak Harbor’s Yale Rosen, a sophomore at Washington State University, had a breakout season for the Cougar (23-32) baseball team. Rosen started the year with a home run and three hits in the first game. He went on to finish the season tied for first on the team with seven round-trippers and  second among full-time players with a .314 average.

Rosen, an outfielder and designated hitter, led the Cougs in hits (66), total bases (103) and slugging percentage (.490) and was second in doubles (12), triples (2) and RBI (35).

Oak Harbor’s Jay Stout, a sophomore at Skagit Valley College (23-20), recently completed his second year as a starter for the Cardinals’ baseball team. Stout, an outfielder, finished fifth in hitting (.254); led the team in walks (17), stolen bases (15) and sacrifice flies (4); was third in being hit by pitches (5) and was fifth in hits (27).

Oak Harbor’s Josh Evans, a sophomore right-handed pitcher at Edmonds Community College (27-19), appeared in six games, threw five innings and recorded two strikeouts.

David Tillotson, a sophomore catcher at Centralia College, appeared in 21 games for the Trailblazers (15-25). Although the Oak Harbor grad had only the 11th most plate appearances, he led the team with six sacrifice bunts and was third in being hit by a pitch (5). He had three hits (including a double), scored five runs and drove in two.

Two local grads, Oak Harbor’s Sam Wolfe and Coupeville’s Jordan Wilcox, played club baseball at Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University respectively.

Wolfe helped the Eagles go 9-7 in the Northern Pacific Conference North. EWU competes against the University of Idaho, University of Montana, Montana State University and Boise State University.

Wilcox helped Western (16-9) win the regional title and advance to the national tournament in Tampa in late May. At nationals, Western won two of four games, defeating the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa and losing to James Madison and Penn State.

(For any additions to this list, email Jim Waller at jwaller@whidbeynewsgroup.com.)

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Oak Harbor's David Tillotson tosses to second to get an inning started for Centralia College.

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