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Kitsap athletes rack up the awards at state track meet
TACOMA – After two days of competition at the state Class 2A, 3A and 4A track and field championships, a handful of Kitsap athletes have already reached the podium or qualified for finals in their events.
From the north end of the county, North Kitsap’s Siara Byers snuck into the girls’ 3A 100-meter dash finals Friday morning with a qualifying time of 12.63 seconds.
Kingston’s Ruby Roberts qualified for the Class 2A 1,600-meter finals Thursday and the 800-meter run Friday. Roberts will compete in both events’ finals Saturday.
“I was in a really fast heat, so I was just trying to stay with those girls,” Roberts said after the 800-meter run.
Roberts finished fourth in her heat, with a time of 2 minutes, 16.24 seconds.
Fellow Buccaneer Jaime Schultz finished in eighth place overall in the Class 2A girls’ triple jump, with a distance of 33 feet, 9.25 inches.
“I was really excited, because last year I made it to state but I totally choked and I got last place, so just to place at all, I was ecstatic,” Schultz said.
Schultz also qualified for the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles finals with a time of 48.15 seconds Friday.
“That was totally unexpected, because I got seeded last,” she said. “When we walked up and saw the results, I couldn’t believe it.”
Kingston’s Alex Tweten finished thirteenth in the boys’ triple jump, with a distance of 41 feet even.
Elsewhere around the county, Central Kitsap’s Shane Moskowitz won the boys’ 4A 3,200-meter championship Thursday with a time of 8:59.53. Bainbridge’s Anna Kaminski took second overall in the girls’ 3A discus throw Thrusday with a distance of 122 feet, 10 inches. And Bremerton’s Kyle Kennedy took fifth overall in the javelin throw with a toss of 187 feet, 8 inches.
“It feels pretty darn good,” Kennedy said. “It was a tough competition.”In the Class 4A girls’ discus throw, Central Kitsap’s Bethani Braun took eighth in the finals with a throw of 109 feet, 5 inches. South’s Isaiah Davis took thirteenth in the high jump at a height of 6 feet, 4 inches.
The Bainbridge girls’ 4x400-meter relay team qualified Thursday for the Class 3A finals with a time of 4:00.27. In the girls’ 4A division, Central Kitsap’s 4x400-meter relay team qualified for the finals with a time of 3:58.85. One member of the Central Kitsap relay team – Shannon Moskowitz – also qualified for finals in the girls’ 4A 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.52.
From South Kitsap, Leon La Deaux qualified for the boys’ 4A 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.84 seconds. Fellow SK Wolf José Adriano took second in the mixed 800-meter wheelchair race with a time of 2:04.97.
Bremerton’s Jarrell Flora qualified for the Class 3A boys’ 400-meter finals Friday with a time of 50.40 seconds. Rebecca Lindgren of Klahowya qualified for the Class 2A girls’ 400-meter finals with a time of 1:00.72.
In the Class 4A boys’ 4x100-meter relay, Central Kitsap’s squad qualified for the finals with a time of 42.29 seconds. In pole vault, fellow CK Cougar Matt Leslie tied for eleventh with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches. Cougar teammate Josh DeVaughn qualified for the boys’ Class 4A 200-meter dash with a time of 21.91 seconds.