TACOMA — The Wenatchee boys track and field team is on target to reach Panther coach Bob Bullis’ expectations through two days of competition at the Class 4A state championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Isaiah Brandt-Sims had the best qualifying time in the 200-meter preliminary heats, clocking a 21.77, and Nicholas Boersma had a similarly relaxing heat in the 800.
“Both of them just cruised,” Bullis said.
Brandt-Sims will run in the finals of the 100 and 200 tomorrow, and both he and Boersma will be seeking a medal in the 4x400 relay.
The Panther girls, however, continued to scuffle in the windy and rainy conditions. Audrey Ketcham failed to reach the long jump finals, and did not break 16 feet for the first time since March, and Christie Adams failed to qualify in both the 100 and 200 meters.
“We expected to get something out of the long jump, but it was tough for Audrey with the rain,” Bullis said. “We expected the girls to score about 20 or 30 team points, and we’ll fall short of that.”
Junior Nicole Dorsey rebounded from missing the finals of the 300-meter hurdles by a narrow margin to finish fifth in the 100-meter hurdles Friday, running a personal-best time of 15.35.
The boys 4x100-meter relay fell short of qualifying for finals in a very fast field.
Eastmont’s Trenton Osborn placed third in the long jump on Friday, persevering through a driving rainstorm.
Osborn, a sophomore, leapt 21 feet, 7 inches.
“It was a good day for him,” Eastmont coach Gary Millard said.
Jordan Frazier, a junior, placed eighth in the discus with a heave of 143-4, a personal-best for this season.
The Wildcats had two girls entries in preliminaries Friday, and both qualified for finals on Saturday.
Freshman Rebecca Tarbert ran a 12.65 in the 100-meter dash, good enough for fifth overall.
Tarbert also ran on the 4x100-meter relay that was fourth in its heat and seventh overall in qualifying with a 50.30.
The Quincy Jacks placed two boys in the top eight of the pole vault on Friday, as Luke Grigg (fourth) and Michael Veenendaal (seventh), had solid days.
Armando Tafoya, a sophomore, placed seventh in the shot put for Quincy, with a throw of 48-11.
Chelan’s Sarah Waszkewitz threw eight feet farther than the toss that landed her third place in the javelin in last year’s state meet, but that throw of 136-11 was still only good for third again this year.
Omak junior Joseph LaGrou was the only Caribou Trail League boys athlete to place in the top eight Friday, taking fourth in the high jump.
Lake Roosevelt’s Kim Barry ran second in the girls 3,200 finals Friday, and also posted the fastest qualifying time in te 800. Oroville’s Sierra Speiker was third in the 3,200.
The Hornets’ Kelsey Hughes finished fourth in the discus.
Mansfield freshman Macen McLean won the triple jump by a quarter-inch Friday, winning the first of three events in which he was among the top seeds coming into the meet.
McLean is also seeded first in the long jump and second in the high jump.