TACOMA — Wenatchee had another strong day on the track Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
The Panthers had a number of finals qualifying times, but Evan Britt’s performance in the pole vault was the highlight of the day.
The senior posted a 14-foot, 3-inch mark to clinch a state championship.
He entered the meet with a tied for state-best height of 14-6 under his belt and was flirting with the school record of 15-1 before the trip to Tacoma. Although he couldn’t breach the 15 mark, he did cap his career with a first-place finish.
Sprinter Isaiah Brandt-Sims continued to dominate the competition. The junior qualified in the 100 with a time of 10.62 seconds and in the 200 with a 21.29 — both times led the field.
Brandt-Sims was also part of the Panthers’ 4x100 relay team that qualified for the finals with a 42.64. He was accompanied by Chris Rodriguez, T.J. Harris and Spencer Smith.
Brandt-Sims will compete in four events Saturday.
For the girls, Christie Adams qualified for the 200 finals with a time of 25.35. The senior also competed in the 400, but results were not available for that race Friday night.
Freshman Christian Brandt-Sims finished fifth in his heat with a time of 39.70 and narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the 300 hurdles.
Pablo Chavolla finished ninth in the discus throw with a 144-1.
Eastmont sprinter advances to finals
Rebecca Tarbert didn’t have the explosive start off the blocks she’s accustomed to Friday in the 100 preliminaries, but it didn’t matter.
The junior finished third in her heat with a time of 12.45 to qualify for the finals.
Coach Gary Millard said Tarbert could place as high as second on the podium and expects her to shave some time off Friday’s finish.
“Hopefully (Saturday) she’ll be able to pop up and give us a better show and be up there (on the podium),” he said.
After a remarkable finish at districts a week ago, Killion McGinnis entered the high jump as the No. 1 seed, but had a tough go. He finished eighth overall with a 6-2 jump.
“He’s a little disappointed,” Millard said. “He just didn’t really have it today. He looked great over his first couple and then had a few misses.”
Betsy Arlt faced a number of nationally-ranked runners in the 800 and couldn’t make the cut for the finals. She finished seventh in her heat with a time of 2:16.12.
The sophomore did set a new personal best by more than two seconds, though.
“It would’ve been quite a feat (to qualify for finals),” Millard said. “She still ran a good race. Anytime you finish a race on your best meet, you can’t be too disappointed.”
2A (Eastern Washington University, Cheney)
Ephrata’s Kristen McDonnell finished fourth in the javelin throw with a 121-3, and Jonathan Green qualified for the finals in the 100 with a time of 10.85.
Dekker Lovitt finished 15th in the high jump with a 5-6.
1A (Eastern Washington University, Cheney)
Chelan’s Karle Pittsinger won the girls shot put with a mark of 42-00.5.
1B (Eastern Washington University, Cheney)
Entiat’s Emily Wooldridge capped off her track career by setting the new state standard for the 3200 with a time of 11:52.23. The previous state record was 11:57.39.
Mansfield’s Macen McLean also finished first and set a state record in the triple jump with a mark of 44-10.5, beating the previous state best by more than one foot.
Waterville’s Elaina Thomsen won the girls high jump with a score of 5-0.
2B (Eastern Washington University, Cheney)
Oroville’s Sierra Speiker won the girls 3200 with a time of 11:31.74.