Chelan took 17 track and field athletes to the WIAA 1A State Track and Field Championships in Cheney over the May 27-29 weekend.
“We had many great efforts and everyone had a great time,” said Assistant Coach Darren Talley. (Photo by Lisa Talley)
Chelan Track & Field team goes to state
By Richard Uhlhorn
“It was a great effort by all of our athletes,” stated assistant track coach Darren Talley one week after the WIAA 1A/1B/2B Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University. “We all had a great time. We are going to miss the seniors, but we are looking forward to next year.”
Weather was a real concern for all teams on Thursday, May 27 when they showed up in Cheney. “Spokane recorded a record rainfall on Thursday. It was raining so hard we had to use the college’s indoor track to warm up.” Fortunately, Friday and Saturday only produced a little rain. “Friday and Saturday were fine,” said Talley.
The girls team had a good meet, turning in a team score good enough to place them 17th out of 37 teams competing at the event. “Washington has always produced some good track athletes,” said Talley. “The girls side did good.”
In the 200 meter dash, Maddie Knaub was only off the winning mark by .89th of a second and placed 7th in this event. In the 100 meter dash, Darcy Austin, a sophomore, turned in a credible 13th place finish in 13.47 seconds.
In both the 4X100 and 4X200 relay races, the relay team of Cody Knaub, Maddie Knaub, Darcy Austin, and Jaicee Harris placed 5th overall in 51.41 seconds and 1:48.75 respectively.
Sara Waszkewitz had a great day in the javelin, placing 3rd with a throw of 128’5” which was only four feet off the winning mark. Darcy Austin placed 6th.
Senior Gabby Guillien placed 15th in the 800 meter preliminaries with a time of 2:34.32. “Gabby had an off day,” stated Talley.
On the boys side, disappointment reigned as the 4X100 relay team of Robin Weathersby, Michael Amsel Jr., Aaron McQuaid and Matt Peterson were disqualified in the preliminaries. “They went out of the exchange zone and were disqualified,” said Talley. “It was the biggest disappointment for us in the meet.”
Matt Peterson was only 2.5 seconds off the winning mark in the 100 meter dash in the preliminaries. The time was too slow to put him in the finals. Cashmere’s Ben Allen won the state title with a time of 11.61 seconds. He also went on to win the 200 meter and 400 meter dashes for Cashmere. A great outing for this athlete.
Over in the field events, Hank Burton had an off day, clearing only 11 feet giving him a 9th place finish in the state. Burton had previously cleared 12’3” which at this year’s state championships would have given him a 3rd place finish.
Matt Pittsinger took 16th in the shot put with a 42’1” throw. This was off the mark by a considerable amount. The winner of the shot put threw the shot 59’3” which was still off the national mark of 77’10” set in 1979 by Michael Carter of Texas.
Remembering back to some previous athletes from Chelan, Josh Rogge still holds the 1A record in the 1A 400 meter dash at 48.53 which he set in 1998.
This coming week, Coach Darren Talley has most of his fall football players out for spring training. “They are already bursting at the gate,” he said. Talley said earlier in the track season that while he has lost the big guys on the front line, this fall’s team will be extremely quick with Amsel Jr. at quarterback, Weathersby and McQuaid at the wide receiver positions and Schwartz running out of the backfield. Matt Pittsinger may end up on the front line because of his size.
A big thank you goes out to Lisa Talley who provided the photos of our team at state.
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