Demons battle wind and rain at Thursday's Washington Invite
The Washington boys’ track and field team and athletes from nine other schools participated at Thursday’s Washington Invite, which is normally a girls-only meet, in hopes of qualifying events for the Drake Relays.
Washington head coach Steve Roth was trying to get his 4x100 relay into the Drake Relays Field. Even though the quartet of Carl Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder and Austin Witt fell short of that goal, winning the race in 46.38 seconds, Roth was pleased with the way his Demons ran the race.
“Their handoffs were really outstanding, but the wind was too much for us to overcome,” Roth said. “Witt’s split against the wind was good, but there was too much wind. I really wanted the 4x100 to pop one, but it was terrible conditions.”
The temperature was a chilly 41 degrees at the start of the meet with blustery wind and intermittent light rain.
“The conditions were terrible, and we probably wouldn’t have run that meet under normal conditions,” Roth said. “We had to run that last night because we had to give the kids a chance to qualify for Drake.”
The conditions actually helped freshman sprinter Jose Tapia. With a strong wind at his back, he won the 100-meter dash in a personal-best time of 11.68 seconds.
“I was really pleased with his time,” Roth said of Tapia, who used a strong finish to win the race. “He’s getting better and better, and he’s only a freshman. When he gets a chance to run, he always takes advantage of it. He just has a lot of good sprinters ahead of him.”
Also running with the wind, sophomore Jacob Hennigan matched his best time of the season in the 110-meter high hurdles, finishing third in 15.55 seconds.
Senior Justin Hoffman battled the wind in the 800-meter run and finished fourth in 2:15.66. Sophomore Tommy Peterson took third place in the shot put competition with a throw of 45 feet, 11 inches.
Roth was pleased with the way his team performed in some nasty conditions.
“I only ran most of them in one event,” he said. “I wasn’t really expecting a lot. My goal now is just to get them to compete. We’ve been doing nothing but practicing and doing light stuff in the wrestling room. We just need to compete. I need them to get that fire for the rest of the season.”
The Demons will continue the season on Tuesday when they travel to Mid-Prairie for a meet.
39th annual Washington Invite
May 18, 2013
High jump — 2. Kevin Anderson (WACO) 5-10.
Shot put — 3. Tommy Peterson (W) 45-11.
Discus — 4. Adam Guy (W) 84-0.5.
100-meter dash — 1. Jose Tapia (W) 11.68.
200-meter dash — 3. Chase Litchfield (W) 32.19.
400-meter dash — 3. Austin Latcham (W) 57.61.
800-meter run — 2. Braden Blake (WACO) 2:13.99, 3. Klinton Garrett (WACO) 2:14.33, 4. Justin Hoffman (W) 2:15.66, 7. Jorge Chacone (WACO) 2:25.39.
1,600-meter run — 7. Michael Ellingson (W) 5:39.01.
110-meter hurdles — 3. Jacob Hennigan (W) 15.55, 4. Dylan Carlson (WACO) 15.63.
400-meter hurdles — 2. Alex Gonzalez (W) 1:04.33.
4x100 — 1. Washington (Carl Sivels, Gage Redlinger, Kyle Roder, Austin Witt) 46.38, 5. WACO (Kevin Anderson, Brett Hesseltine, Bryce Achen, Dylan Carlson) 52.69.
4x200 — 4. WACO (Klinton Garrett, Brett Hesseltine, Bryce Achen, Kevin Anderson) 1:41.07, 5. Washington (Bryce Rickey, Ethan Hansen, Jose Tapia, Hunter Bell) 1:45.44.
1,600 medley — 4. Washington (Jose Tapia, Tanner Knupp, Alan Sanchez, Austin Latcham) 4:09.89.
Shuttle hurdle — 3. WACO (Kevin Anderson, Brett Hesseltine, Bryce Achen, Dylan Carlson) 1:04.14, 4. Washington (Jacob Hennigan, Jack Giardino, Alex Gonzalez, Kyle Roder) 1:06.40.