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Alohas depth carries the day

The Warrior girls pull away to win their opener 82-63 over Westview
by: JONATHAN HOUSE, GO FOR IT – Aloha’s Emily Redmayne-Titley winds up for her final throw while winning the discus competition against Westview last week.

ROCK CREEK - On sheer wins alone, the Aloha and Westview girls track teams were neck-and-neck throughout their Metro opener.

In the end, it was the Warriors' depth that won out over a young Wildcat team as Aloha won 82-63 Thursday at Westview High School.

The teams each won five races with the Warriors taking four field events and the Wildcats three. But Aloha nabbed the top two spots in five events to provide the separation in the team scores.

Aloha sophomore Katie Pratt and senior Emily Redmayne-Titley paced a pair of those efforts. Pratt led a 1-2 finish in the 200 meters, winning in 27.03 seconds followed by senior teammate Vanessa Frazier, who won the 100 in 13.31. Pratt also took the 400 in 1:00.49 with freshman teammate Taisha Moore second in 1:03.51.

Redmayne-Titley has her sights set high as a senior, including challenging the state meet record in the discus. She threw 122-feet-10-inches on Thursday to win by more than 26 feet over senior teammate Shannon Loggins.

Redmayne-Titley trained with Olympian Mac Wilkins, started hitting the gym and broke the school record as a junior. She hopes to significantly eclipse that in 2008.

'When I reached that goal (school record), I thought 'Anything is possible,'' Redmayne-Titley said. 'My new goal is to throw 160 at state and break the state record. My mom has posters all over the house that say 160-5. I've had a lot of support.'

Redmayne-Titley added a win in the shot put (34-7), again followed by Loggins (32-11). Senior Andrea Richardson paced a 1-2 effort in the high jump, clearing 4-10 with freshman teammate Brianna Bain second at 4-8.

Other winners for the Warriors were senior Lindsay Hunt (100 high hurdles in 17.47), and freshman Taisha Moore with a leap of 33-8½ in the triple jump. Aloha's 4x400 relay team of Moore, Pratt, Frazier and Corrin Neff capped the meet by winning in 4:17.05.

That event ended a busy day for Westview senior Bianca Martin, who ran the anchor leg in the 4x400 just after winning the 3,000 in 11:04.34. Earlier in the meet, Martin pulled away from Aloha's Shelby Brennan in the final lap to win the 1,500 in 5:14.61.

'It was interesting,' Martin said. 'I was hoping for a little better time in the 1,500 but the race plan didn't work out as we wanted. I wanted Shelby to lead the first two laps, but I think her plan was to stay behind me. She didn't so I had to go for it.'

Martin didn't run the 800 on Thursday, but it is her best race in the first season she's consistently competing in it. She has Class 6A's fourth-best time of 2008.

'I have more speed than endurance,' Martin said. 'The 800 is really different. You run a lap at a nice pace and then basically you're sprinting to the finish.'

In Martin's stead, Westview freshman Kirsten Myers won the 800 on Thursday with a time of 2:34.03. Senior Jennifer Coffey won the 300 low hurdles in 51.33, while the 4x100 relay team of Megan Snell, Coffey, Maliea Luquin and Butts crossed first with a time of 51.12.

Westview racked up its most points in the pole vault where the Wildcats swept the top-3 spots uncontested. Junior Maureen Fitzgerald (7-6), senior Allie Cauvel (7-0) and sophomore Kelsi Vincent (7-0) went 1-2-3.

Westview also got wins from junior Brittany Thurston in the long jump (16-½) and junior Kelly Pullin in the javelin (113-3).