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Tracksters take it on the road

As the season progresses so have the performances of the Oak Harbor girls and boys track and field teams.

Both Wildcat squads placed second behind Snohomish, but ahead of Mount Vernon at their “home away from home” WesCo North meet at MVHS on Thursday.

The Oak Harbor girls finished with 57.5 points, not far behind Snohomish (91.5) and ahead of Mount Vernon (33).

“This may have been the closest we’ve come to Snohomish in a number of years,” head coach Seth Hodges said.

Senior Jenny White was a huge factor in Oak Harbor’s success, taking first in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, while anchoring the first-place 4 x 100 relay team.

“It was a beautiful day for sprinting and Jenny set a new PR in the 100 and she helped the relay team to a season-best as she came from 15 meters behind to get the win,” Hodges said.

Sophomore thrower Jessica Gilbert also had an impressive day, taking first and setting a new personal record in the shot put with a toss of 35-feet-8-inches. Her throw beat last year’s best by a quarter inch.

“Jessica has the potential to be one of the state’s elite throwers and it will be interesting to see how she develops over the next two years,” Hodges said.

Other first place finishers for Oak Harbor included senior Amanda Gordon, who took first in the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay team of Corey Schulz, Leonila Celestino, Jessica Brundidge and Challon Waldron, who defeated Snohomish by nine seconds.

The Wildcat boys used strong sprinting performances to score 45 points. Snohomish (102) finished on top and Mount Vernon (33) came in last.

“We mixed some guys up in preparation for Saturday’s invitational and came away with some surprises,” Hodges said.

Scott Spears, who usually specializes in the 300 meter hurdles, stepped away from his strength and gathered a victory in the 200. His time of 23.3 seconds was the fourth fastest OHHS time in the last four years. He also took first in the 110 high hurdles with a personal best of 15.6 seconds.

Joe Carreras, normally a 400 runner, took second in the 100 and 200 and joined Spears, Dennis Mitchell and Chris Raimundi on the first place 4 x 100 relay team.

“We just put this team together on Wednesday and I was surprised how they were able to make such good hand-offs with little practice,” Hodges said.

Tom Clark was the lone field event winner, taking first place in the javelin with a personal best throw of 143-feet-3-inches. The long toss beat his personal best by 10 inches.

Nick DelPrete and Russell Casimire took third and fourth respectively in the shot put and discus.

This is the closest Oak Harbor will have to a home meet this season, as the facilities at OHHS are not suitable for a league meet. The Cats have their next team meet on Thursday, April 29 against Jackson at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Girls Team Results: Snohomish 91.5, Oak Harbor 57.5, Mount Vernon 33 Girls Individual Results: 100m hurdles: 2. Nicolas, 17.3, 3. Gordon 17.5; 100m: 1. White, 12.6; 1600m: 4. Hall, 6:07.6; 4x100m Relay: 1 Oak Harbor (Smollack, Rush, Nicolas, White), 52.2; 400m: 1. Gordon, 67.4; 800m: 3. Celestino, 2:43.6; 200m: 1. White, 26.3; 2. Rush, 28.6; 4. Smollack, 30.1; 4x400m Relay: 1. Oak Harbor (Schulz, Celestino, Brundidge, Waldron), 4:42.9; Shot Put: 1. Gilbert, 35-08; 3.Ford, 29-02.50; 4. McElroy, 27-03.25; Discus: 2. Gilbert, 97-11; 4. Speer, 81-05; Javelin: 2. McElroy, 106-02; Long Jump: 2. Rush, 15-07; High Jump: 3. Nicolas, 4-02; 4. Smollack, 4-02. Boys Team Results: Snohomish 102, Oak Harbor 45, Mount Vernon 33 Boys Individual Results: 3200m: 4. Wichers 10:19.6; 110m hurdles: 1. Spears, 15.6; 100m: 1. Fuller, 11.5; 2. Carreras, 11.6; 4. Mitchell, 11.7; 4x100m Relay: 1. Oak Harbor (Mitchell, Carreras, Spears, Raimundi), 46.8; 400m: 3. David Marriott, 54.2; 200m: 1. Spears, 23.3; 2. Carreras 23.7; Shot Put: 3. DelPrete, 40-09.50; 4. Casimire, 40-04.50; Discus: 3. DelPrete, 114-09; Casimire, 112-09; Javelin: 1. Clark, 143-03; 4. Cline,126-02; Long Jump: 2. Fuller, 18-07

By KEVIN ENDEJAN

Sports editor

As the season progresses so have the performances of the Oak Harbor girls and boys track and field teams.

Both Wildcat squads placed second behind Snohomish, but ahead of Mount Vernon at their “home away from home” WesCo North meet at MVHS on Thursday.

The Oak Harbor girls finished with 57.5 points, not far behind Snohomish (91.5) and ahead of Mount Vernon (33).

“This may have been the closest we’ve come to Snohomish in a number of years,” head coach Seth Hodges said.

Senior Jenny White was a huge factor in Oak Harbor’s success, taking first in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, while anchoring the first-place 4 x 100 relay team.

“It was a beautiful day for sprinting and Jenny set a new PR in the 100 and she helped the relay team to a season-best as she came from 15 meters behind to get the win,” Hodges said.

Sophomore thrower Jessica Gilbert also had an impressive day, taking first and setting a new personal record in the shot put with a toss of 35-feet-8-inches. Her throw beat last year’s best by a quarter inch.

“Jessica has the potential to be one of the state’s elite throwers and it will be interesting to see how she develops over the next two years,” Hodges said.

Other first place finishers for Oak Harbor included senior Amanda Gordon, who took first in the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay team of Corey Schulz, Leonila Celestino, Jessica Brundidge and Challon Waldron, who defeated Snohomish by nine seconds.

The Wildcat boys used strong sprinting performances to score 45 points. Snohomish (102) finished on top and Mount Vernon (33) came in last.

“We mixed some guys up in preparation for Saturday’s invitational and came away with some surprises,” Hodges said.

Scott Spears, who usually specializes in the 300 meter hurdles, stepped away from his strength and gathered a victory in the 200. His time of 23.3 seconds was the fourth fastest OHHS time in the last four years. He also took first in the 110 high hurdles with a personal best of 15.6 seconds.

Joe Carreras, normally a 400 runner, took second in the 100 and 200 and joined Spears, Dennis Mitchell and Chris Raimundi on the first place 4 x 100 relay team.

“We just put this team together on Wednesday and I was surprised how they were able to make such good hand-offs with little practice,” Hodges said.

Tom Clark was the lone field event winner, taking first place in the javelin with a personal best throw of 143-feet-3-inches. The long toss beat his personal best by 10 inches.

Nick DelPrete and Russell Casimire took third and fourth respectively in the shot put and discus.

This is the closest Oak Harbor will have to a home meet this season, as the facilities at OHHS are not suitable for a league meet. The Cats have their next team meet on Thursday, April 29 against Jackson at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Girls Team Results: Snohomish 91.5, Oak Harbor 57.5, Mount Vernon 33 Girls Individual Results: 100m hurdles: 2. Nicolas, 17.3, 3. Gordon 17.5; 100m: 1. White, 12.6; 1600m: 4. Hall, 6:07.6; 4x100m Relay: 1 Oak Harbor (Smollack, Rush, Nicolas, White), 52.2; 400m: 1. Gordon, 67.4; 800m: 3. Celestino, 2:43.6; 200m: 1. White, 26.3; 2. Rush, 28.6; 4. Smollack, 30.1; 4x400m Relay: 1. Oak Harbor (Schulz, Celestino, Brundidge, Waldron), 4:42.9; Shot Put: 1. Gilbert, 35-08; 3.Ford, 29-02.50; 4. McElroy, 27-03.25; Discus: 2. Gilbert, 97-11; 4. Speer, 81-05; Javelin: 2. McElroy, 106-02; Long Jump: 2. Rush, 15-07; High Jump: 3. Nicolas, 4-02; 4. Smollack, 4-02. Boys Team Results: Snohomish 102, Oak Harbor 45, Mount Vernon 33 Boys Individual Results: 3200m: 4. Wichers 10:19.6; 110m hurdles: 1. Spears, 15.6; 100m: 1. Fuller, 11.5; 2. Carreras, 11.6; 4. Mitchell, 11.7; 4x100m Relay: 1. Oak Harbor (Mitchell, Carreras, Spears, Raimundi), 46.8; 400m: 3. David Marriott, 54.2; 200m: 1. Spears, 23.3; 2. Carreras 23.7; Shot Put: 3. DelPrete, 40-09.50; 4. Casimire, 40-04.50; Discus: 3. DelPrete, 114-09; Casimire, 112-09; Javelin: 1. Clark, 143-03; 4. Cline,126-02; Long Jump: 2. Fuller, 18-07

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