OH advances 19 to districts

ARLINGTON — Four years ago Oak Harbor runner Molly Bull took first in the 800 meters at the WesCo North track and field championships.

Since then, no OHHS girl has won a league title for the Wildcat program.

That drought was finally broken during the WesCo North championships Friday night, when freshman Mietra Smollack leaned across the 400 meter finish line first in a career-best 60.57 seconds.

“She was smart and didn’t go out too fast,” OHHS coach Jay Turner said. “This enabled her to have a real strong last 100 meters.”

Smollack, who sat back most of the race, turned on the jets after coming around the final turn. Her last-second surge helped her break her previous best by nearly a second and a half.

One of the runners Smollack passed on the way to the finish line was teammate Bridgette Walker, who had the fastest preliminary time and led through 350 meters of the race.

After exerting nearly all of her energy early in the race, Walker began to slow on the final stretch.

“She was very excited to run and I think that adrenaline caused her to go out too fast,” Turner said. “She ran her first 200 meters at 27 seconds, which most of our guys don’t even do.”

Walker’s fifth place finish was still enough to advance her to the district meet where she also will compete in the 100 and 1,600 meter relay.

Other girls who placed in the top eight and will move on to districts included junior Jessica Gilbert (shot put/discus), Ashley Kingma (javelin) and Amy McElroy (javelin).

Girls who didn’t place, but had good enough times to advance to the next round were Angelica Cooper (100 hurdles) and Kristen Goebel (3,200).

All three relays also moved on to districts, led by the 1,600 team of Amanda Gordon, ChrisGanna Cooper, Walker and Smollack. They finished in second place at 4:10.64, just one hundreth of a second faster than Lake Stevens

“There will be a tight race on Friday night for the a state berth,” Turner said.

As a whole the Oak Harbor girls finished in seventh place out of nine teams with 46 points.

Lake Stevens won the meet with 194.

The boys advanced more athletes to the district meet than the girls, but finished in last place at the league meet with 25 points.

Snohomish took first with 162.

Cameron Fuller led Oak Harbor, placing in the top eight in the 100, 200 and 400 and was also a member of the 1,600 meter relay team.

Others moving on include: Olimar Hunt (400), Thomas Stoneham (400), Richard Chong (110 high hurdles), Kelly Garcia (1,600), Josh Dix (3,200), Roderick Rumble (high jump), Dallas Sullivan (long jump), Raheem Maddox (long jump/triple jump), Will Hunter (shot put), Bill Schacht (shot put) and Nick Delprete (shot put).

Both relays also moved on.

“The kids really competed well with lots of them getting PR’s,” Turner said. “We had more kids qualify for districts than last year.

As a coaching staff we are really looking forward to next year as we had less than 10 seniors who competed in the league meet.”

The District 1, 4A championships begin today, May 25 at Shoreline Stadium. They continue with finals on Friday, May 27.

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