Wolves dash through district

A strong showing at the Northwest A District meet at LaConner Saturday helped the Coupeville High School track and field program advance one of its largest contingents ever to the Tri-District meet.

Twenty Wolves earned the right to move on to the state-qualifying meet, which begins at Kings High School tomorrow, May 20, and wraps up Saturday.

“I don’t know for sure how many we took last year, but I know we are taking way more this year,” coach Greg Oldham said.

Junior Lexie Black led the way over the weekend, earning two district titles in the discus and shot put, while helping the Wolves to an overall third place finish.

“She was strong as usual in the shot put,” Oldham said. “She didn’t throw her best in the discus, but it was good enough to win that event.”

Black’s toss of 31-feet-seven-inches in the shot put was her best of the season and is seventh best in the state in class A competition.

“If she can throw a high 31 or low 32, she should definitely move on from Tri-Districts,” Oldham said.

Other high finishes for the Coupeville girls include second places from Corrine Gaddis (100 meters), Kim Kisch (high jump) and Jackie Furukawa (javelin).

Furukawa’s toss of 100-feet-five-inches was a career best and bumped her ranking up to 17th in the state.

The CHS girls ended the district meet with 62 total team points, behind LaConner (137) and Archbishop Murphy (115).

Junior Andrew Moon claimed the only district title for the boys, winning the 200 by a lean at the finish line.

His time of 24.51 seconds narrowly edged out Kyle Wilkins of Archbishop, who came across the line at 24.57.

“It was a great race,” Oldham said. “He got a much better start than he’s gotten all year.”

Moon also took second in the 100 with a season-best 11.69, which ties him for the 15th fastest class A time in the state.

Mike Daly received third in both the shot put and the discus, despite having a slight off day.

His throw of 119-feet-eight-inches in the discus was over nine feet shy of his best throw of the year, which currently has him seeded 12th in the state. Daly was only able to get off one toss in the shot put, as he scratched on every throw after his first attempt.

“Fortunately he got that good throw early,” Oldham said.

The CHS boys ended the meet with 36 points in fourth place. Archbishop Murphy won the meet with 186 points, followed by LaConner with 47 and Friday Harbor with 46. Oldham hopes the Wolves, who took two athletes to state two years ago and one last year, will be able to send more in 2004.

“We’ve got a couple of kids we know for sure are going to state,” he said. “With the right performance at the right time, we could be taking a bunch more with us.”

Girls team results: LaConner 137, Archbishop Murphy 115, Coupeville 62, Friday Harbor 33, Concrete 2.

Girls results: 100 hurdles: 5. Kristina Morris, 20.10; 100: 2. Corrine Gaddis, 13.76; 3. Kim Kisch, 13.78; 4. Alcia Heinen, 14.56; 4x100 relay: 2. Coupeville, 55.22; 400: 3. Gaddis, 1:07.30; 5. Jenkins, 1:13.07; Long jump: 5. Gaddis 13-0; High jump: 2. Kisch 4-6; 4. Morris 4-2; Shot put: 1. Lexie Black, 31-7; 4. Jackie Furukawa, 27-8; Discus: 1. Black, 86-8; Javelin 2. Furukawa, 100-5.

Boys team results: Archbishop Murphy 186, LaConner 47, Friday Harbor 46, Coupeville 36, Concrete 16.

Boys results: 100: 2. Andrew Moon, 11.69; 5. Andy Kirsch, 12.19; 4x100 relay: 3. Coupeville, 48.15; 200: 1. Moon, 24.51; 5. Kirsch, 25.87; Long jump: 5. Bryan Harada, 17-5.5; Triple jump: 5. Harada, 36-7; High jump: 5. Brandon Mazdra, 5-2; Shot put: 3. Mike Daly, 38-11; Discus: 3. Daly, 119-8; Javelin: 5. Eric Taylor, 140-3.

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