Warriors, Cats get after it
Westview and Aloha kick off the '07 season under sunny skies last week
ALOHA - The sun shone, the starting guns sounded and the Metro League's track and field teams hit the ground running last Wednesday afternoon.
And at Aloha High School, the Westview Wildcats ran past the Warriors in their league-opening dual, the Westview boys winning 89-57 and the Wildcat girls settling for a 72-72 tie after a lengthy and troublesome scoring controversy.
Westview used its strength on the track to take out the Warriors last week, winning six of the day's 10 events on the track and adding second-place finishes in eight more to offset Aloha's strength in the field.
Wildcat senior Isaiah Keel raced to victory in the 100 meters, notching a time of 11.14 seconds to lead a 1-2-3 Westview sweep in the race, with Duane Prewitt second at 11.27 and Daniel Keel third at 11.52. And he managed his win despite a less than ideal start.
'I slipped. I wasn't used to their blocks and I couldn't find my own but I got it done,' Isaiah Keel said. 'About half way through I was like 'Time to go. Time to go. Time to go.' and I picked it up a little bit and now I'm good. Like I said, I got out of the blocks bad but the second half of the race was good.'
Daniel Keel came back to win the 200 for Westview in 22.92 and also took the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches, while junior Nick Bugas was a double winner on the track, taking the 800 meters in 2:04.91 and the 1500 in 4:18.28. Westview also got wins from Cory Long in the pole vault (at 11-6), from Richard Arnold in the high hurdles (at 16.02), and from its 4 x 100 relay team (in 43.98).
Senior Jude Graves was a two-time winner for Aloha, setting a new personal best of 21-13/4 in the long jump and coming back later to take the triple jump at 45-5.
'I don't think it's my best, but for this time of year it's a good starting point,' he said of his winning leap in the long jump. 'I know where I need to improve now. It's my landing and everything; it's a little screwy. I've been doing a lot of sprint work so I haven't been focusing solely on my jumping but it's coming up good. It's working out.'
Besides Graves' efforts, Aloha got wins from Dominic Polizzi in the 400 (at 52.02) and intermediate hurdles (at 41.52), Jason Waldram in the 3000 (at 9:42.25), from Christopher Newton in the shot (at 43-113/4), from Justin Toedemeir in the discus (at 120-3) and from Trevor Rochlin in the javelin (at 175-9).
Westview's girls used a solid 1-2 punch on the track and in the field to match up with the Warriors in their meet, taking six of the day's 10 running events and adding victories in three field events to pull away.
Wildcat freshman Julianna Evola made her Metro track debut a keeper, racing to victory in the 1500 meters with a winning time of 4:54.15 to outdistance Aloha junior Shelby Brennan's 4:55.00.
'I was supposed to stay with (teammate Bianca Martin) and then push it at the end and I guess I did,' said Evola, who said she didn't even consider winning before she began her race. 'It was hard but it was fun. I've never done track before so it's a new thing for me.'
The Cats also added wins on the track from Megan Snell in the 200 (in 27.66), Jessica Crannell in the 800 (in 2:23.06), Mackenzie Magee in the 1500 (in 11:30.0), from Anastasia Borok in the low hurdles (in 49.05) and from its 4 x 100 relay.
In the field, Westview got wins from Kelli Finlay in the shotput (at 35-6), Kelley Pullin in the javelin (at 110-1) and from Hannah Kinnier in the pole vault (at 9-6).
The Warriors, meanwhile, got two wins from Hayley Koch (in the 100 at 13.47 and the long jump at 16-2) and Brittany McFarland (in the high jump at 4-8 and the triple jump at 31-41/2), and added single wins by Angela Swain in the 400 (at 1:00.77), its 4 x 400 relay team (at 4:15.72), and Emily Redmayne-Titley in the discus (at 101-4).
After her win in the 400, Swain said she was happy with her performance and optimistic about her team's future.
'It was good. We wanted to get first, second an third but that's all right,' said Swain, a senior who approached her personal best of 59.62. 'We didn't really know the competition much, but we did good, and we have a good team chemistry.'