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A meet of memories

"Oak Harbor High seniors made their final home track meet a memorable one. Both the boys and girls teams took first place Thursday. But even before the 4-A Western Conference meet, they took time to remember a former teammate.The Wildcats did a lap of silence around the track in memory of Sarah Wirth, who died in an automobile accident last September. Wirth, a talented athlete, would have been a senior this year and one of the Oak Harbor team captains. The visiting Shorecrest team also joined in the lap. Members of the Oak Harbor girls' team wore ribbons on their uniforms in memory of Wirth.We wore these ribbons on the first day of school after the accident for Sarah and we decided to wear them at the last home meet, said Bethany Veach, a close friend of Wirth.After the pre-meet ceremony, Wirth's old teammates made fast work of Shorecrest and Mountlake Terrace. The Oak Harbor girls finished first with 109 points. Shorecrest was a distant second with 53 and Mountlake Terrace third with 27.The boys' team cruised to its second win of the season. Oak Harbor had 76 points with Shorecrest second at 53 and Mountlake Terrace third with 52.In the girls' meet, Wirth would have been proud of her fellow classmates as four seniors accounted for five individual firsts and took part on two winning relays.Veach won the 400 in 62.7. Sheena Darling captured the 100 and 300 hurdles. She won the 300 in 49.1. and the 100 in 17.8. Felicia McClary was first in the 100 with a time of 13.3. Lauren Lombardo took the javelin with a throw of 89 feet, 2 inches.Darling and Veach both ran on the 1,600 relay with Lesley TePaske and Kim Gabler. Veach and McClary ran on the 400 relay with Gabler and Iesha Reaves.In the 100 hurdles, Oak Harbor actually took the top four places. Finishing behind Darling were Jaime Diaz, Dana Mansfield, and Carmen Haslom.Overall, the girls took first place in 14 of 18 events. Oak Harbor went one-two in six events events. It was a big day for underclassmen, too. TePaske, a junior, once again raised her school record in the pole vault with a winning effort of 8 -6.Two freshmen won close races in the distance events. Maile Venable stormed down the final 50 meters to win the 1,600 in 5:45.3 and Nicole Hodgdon captured the 800. Hodgdon led on the first lap, fell behind on the second lap, then pulled away down the final 50 meters to win in 2:38.8.Junior Nikki Gamble had no competition in dominating the 3,200, winning in 12:00.9.Sophomore Cherie Freeman won the shot put at 39-10. Junior Molly Bull captured the long jump in 15-1.Junior Chauntelle Johnson was first in the triple jump at 33-0. Gabler, a junior, placed second in the high jump with a personal best of 4-10. She actually tied Kiley Stewart of Mountlake Terrace. However, Stewart took first place because of fewer misses.In the boys meet, Oak Harbor displayed its season-long domination of the 400 by taking the first five places. Unfortunately, only the first four count for the team score.Senior Jeremy Morgan led the sweep in the 400, winning in 50.0. Adam Shelly, Jared Jenkins, Jashton Cavitt and Steve Marriott finished behind Morgan.Thus far, Oak Harbor runners have taken 14 of18 available places in the 400 and placed first five times in five conference meets.Sophomore Stefan Kulpa won both hurdle races, giving him eight victories this season. Kulpa won the 110 in 15.8 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.4.Freshmen provided big efforts for the boys, too. Aidrien Wilkins and Tim Harasti had personal bests in the high jump, both going 5-11. Wilkins won first because of fewer misses. Harasti came back to capture the long jump with his best leap of the season, 18-8 1/2.Other firsts came from junior Jon Unpingco in the triple jump, and the 1,600 relay of Shelly, Brandon Hill, Jenkins, and Cavitt. Unpingco went 36-2 1/2.The wet conditions hampered some times and distances.For the seniors, the final meet brought mixed emotions.I'm sure it will hit me in the next day or so that this was my last meet here, Morgan said.Morgan was pleased with the development of the boys' team, which had little depth two years ago.We've been getting more people turning out for track. That's really good to see, he said.Veach said it's been a good year and it's been a hard year. I've enjoyed coming out and leading the younger members of our team. But it's been sad missing Sarah. She worked so hard. She was someone I always looked up to.4-A WESTERN CONFERENCEGIRLS RESULTSTeam scores: Oak Harbor 109, Shorecrest 50, Mountlake Terrace 30.3,200: 1, Nikki Gamble (OH) 12:00.9. 100 hurdles: 1, Sheena Darling (OH) 17.8; 2, Jaime Diaz (OH) 18.6; 3, Dana Mansfield (OH) 18.2; 4, Carmen Haslom (OH) 19.1. 100: 1, Felicia McClary (OH) 13.3; 2, Christina Cooper (OH) 13.5; 4, Iesha Reaves (OH) 13.8. 1,600: 1, Maile Venable (OH) 5:45.3; 6, Sephanie Sullivan (OH) 6:34.9; 7, Lora Eelkema (OH) 6:42.8; 10, Allie Dewispelaere (OH) 7:00.8. 400 relay: 1, Oak Harbor (McClary, Kim Gabler, Reaves, Bethany Veach) 52.5; 3, Oak Harbor B 59.7. 400: 1, Veach (OH) 62.7; 2, Cooper (OH) 64.2; 7, Alicia Lancaster (OH) 67.4; 8, Kara Bloch (OH) 68.1. 300 hurdles: 1, Darling (OH) 49.1; 2, Chauntelle Johnson (OH) 50.7; 4, Yuki Norton (OH) 52.7; 8, Diaz (OH) 57.4. 800: 1, Nicole Hodgdon (OH) 2:38.8; 5, Beth Stella (OH) 2:45.1; 6, Danielle Berg (OH) 3:00.7. 200: 1, Harrison (S) 28.1; 4, McClary (OH) 28.5; 6, Reaves (OH) 29.1; 8, Julie Schell (OH) 31.3; 9, Amanda Emerson (OH) 33.0. 800 relay: 1, Shorecrest 1:51.3; 2, Oak Harbor 1:52.6; 3, Oak Harbor B 2:00.4. 1,600 relay: 1, Oak Harbor (Lesley TePaske, Gabler, Darling, Veach) 4:19.6.Shot put: 1, Cherie Freeman (OH) 39-10; 2, Raven Ellison (OH) 28-7; 5, Abby Allen (OH) 24-3; 7, Crystal Bronnes (OH) 22-4. Long jump: 1, Molly Bull (OH) 15-1; 7, Elena Wagner (OH) 13-4 1/4; 8, Christine Chan (OH) 13-3 3/4; 9, Carmen Haslom (OH) 13-1 1/2. Discus: 1, Kristina MacCully (S) 98-6; 2, Mansfield (OH) 85-6 1/2; 4, Freeman (OH) 81-10; 5, Ellison (OH) 78-10; 8, Holly Soyke (OH) 69-6. High jump: 1, Kiley Stewart (MT) 4-10; 2, Gabler (OH) 4-10; 3, Chrissy LeClaire (OH) 4-6; 4, Mansfield (OH) 4-6. Pole vault: 1, TePaske (OH) 8-6; 3, Charlotte Milling (OH) 6-0. Triple jump: 1, Johnson (OH) 33-0; 2, Melissa Baker (OH) 30-7. Javelin: 1, Lauren Lombardo (OH) 89-2; 5, Soyke (OH) 63-10; 9, Claire Bleyhl (OH) 46-1.BOYS RESULTSTeam scores: Oak Harbor 76, Shorecrest 53, Mountlake Terrace 52.100 hurdles: 1, Stefan Kulpa (OH) 15.8; 3, Tim Boyles (OH) 18.3. 100: 1, Leif Curtis (MT) 11.2; 4, Jeremy Morgan (OH) 11.6; 6, Brandon Hill (OH) 11.9; 9, John Foitik (OH) 12.0. 1,600: 1, Scott Williams (MT) 4:51.5; 3, Wes Hartman (OH) 4:53.7; 8, Travis Frakes (OH) 5:18.4; 9, Alex Denny (OH) 5:24.0; 10, Willie Thomas (OH) 5:36.9. 400 relay: 1, Mountlake Terrace 44.0; 2, Oak Harbor 45.8. 400: 1, Jeremy Morgan (OH) 50.1; 2, Adam Shelly (OH) 51.9; 3, Jerald Jenkins (OH) 53.4; 4, Jashton Cavitt (OH) 55.1; 5, Steve Marriott (OH) 56.3. 300 hurdles: 1, Kulpa (OH) 41.4; 4, Jacob Ovalle (OH) 48.4; 5, Boyles (OH) 49.2. 800: 1, Tahoma Khalsa (S) 2:10.3; 6, Adam LeMieux (OH) 2:23.1; 7, Erik Lokkins (OH) 2:35.0; 8, Nick Smith (OH) 2:44.0; 9, Jason Skilbeck (OH) 3:09.2. 200: 1, Rory Killeen (MT) 23.3; 2, Jenkins (OH) 23.9; 4, Chris Vrbas (OH) 23.9; 7, Cavitt (OH) 25.0. 3,200: 1, T. Haxton (S) 10:10.4; 3, Chris Pulliam (OH) 10:27.2; 5, Kris Marin (OH) 11:33.6; 9, Dan Sowers (OH) 14:53.1. 1,600 relay: 1, Oak Harbor (Shelly, Hill, Jenkins, Cavitt) 3:34.8; 4, Oak Harbor B 3:55.3. Shot put: 1, James Wagner (MT) 45-0; 4, Kevin McMickle (OH) 39-3; 5, Ramon Villaflor (OH) 37-6; 7, Fred Cheeseboro (OH) 35-0; 8, Sean Hogan (OH) 31-1. Long jump: 1, Tim Harasti (OH) 18-8 1/2; 9, Kevin Proctor (OH) 14-2. Discus: 1, A. Schaeffer (S) 145-11; 4, Thomas McMickle (OH) 110-6; 5, Jason Garcia (OH) 100-4; 8, Anthony Vuong (OH) 79-4 1/2; 9, Cory Blunk (OH) 70-1. High jump: 1, Aidrien Wilkins (OH) 5-11; 2, Harasti (OH) 5-11. Pole vault: 1, K. Scott (S) 11-6; 2, Ezrael Comicho (OH) 11-0; 3, Jon Garcia (OH) 11-0. Triple jump: 1, Jon Unpingco (OH) 36-2 1/2; 4, Arthur Morgan (OH) 35-0 1/2. Javelin: 1, Wagner (MT) 154-1; 2, David Manni (OH) 113-8; 3, Sowers (OH) 112-11; 4, Evan Freeman (OH) 111-8; 7, Blunk (OH) 81-10."

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