LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Cougars Track and Field team have been on top this season with two successful meets last week — the Cascade Conference meet on April 26 and the Tomahawk Classic on April 28.
Lakewood women’s placed second overall in the Cascade Conference meet and Lakewood men’s placed first.
“Many of our athletes will finish their season today, but we have some outstanding athletes who will continue their season at the Tomahawk Invite and at the League and District Championships in May at Cedarcrest High School and, if all goes well, at the state meet at Mt. Tahoma High School,” said LHS Co-Head Coach Monica Rooney on April 26.
The Cascade Conference meet yielded several first-place times for the Cougars girls including the 4x200 meter relay team of Chase Gormley, Ariel Jensen, DeAsia Callanan Seegars and Ashley Orr who came through with a time of 1:54.30.
Ilyssa Haunreiter took third place for the 100 meter hurdles with a final time of 18.70. Jensen also gave Lakewood a third-place time in the 100 meter dash with 14.08. Hailey Duitsman and Celine Espinoza took first and third places with times of 5:59.10 and 6:18.90, respectively. Callanan Seegers helped cinch another second place in the 4x100 meter relay with team members Dana Arenz, Taylor Studzinski and Kiley Brown. Brown also took second place in the 300 meter hurdles, with teammate Riley Miller following close behind, with times of 55.41 and 58.42 respectively.
Brehanna Meigs took second place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:34.87.
The Cougars swept the girls 800 meter run, with Rachel Cundy in first, Darby Throndsen in second, Chloe McCann in third and Rachel Sowards in fourth. Jensen and Callanan Seegers took second and third places in the 200 meter dash with times of 28.69 and 29.03. Megan Knibbe tied for first place in the high jump and Studzinski managed to take the first place in both the pole vault and triple jump. Shantel St. Jean took third place in the javelin and Austin Winter placed third in the shot put.
Similar success was found on the Cougar boys team, with several first place times. Lakewood swept the 110 meter hurdles, with Jordan DeGroot in first, Ryan Whitehead in second, Tyler Dalton in third, Sawyer Almasi in fourth and James Fernandes in fifth. Whitehead also managed to place third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.20 and first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 44.77. DeGroot placed third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 46.80. Mitchell Darrah and Kris Mugrage placed first and second in the 1,600 meter run with times of 4:40.5 and 4:58, respectively.
The relays were another area of success for the team. They took first place in the boys 4x100 meter relay with Donovan Evans, Nolan Bingaman, Justin Peterson and Keana Jackson bringing a time of 46.83. Jackson also placed third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.31 and second in the triple jump. The 800 meter was also a win for Lakewood, with Tyler Duitsman placing first with a time of 2:12.87 and Alex Cooper placing second with a time of 2:18.84. An 11:56 time for his 3,200 meter run put Lakewood’s Nick Cooper in third place. Cougars placed second in the 4x400 meter relay, a team with DeGroot, Dalton, Almasi and Bryce Shepard finishing in a time of 4:05.88. Justin Peterson placed first in the high jump and Matt He and Paulmer Gregory tied for second. Lakewood swept the pole vault competition, with Cody Cao in first and Aaron Nech and Christian Harris tied for second. Peterson and Blake Watts made second and third in the long jump. Tristan Nelson and David Otte topped the discus in first and second place. Otte was also first place in shot put, with Dylan Donohue placing second. Conor O’Kinsella placed first in the javelin and Evans placed second.
The men’s team placed third in the Tomahawk Classic on April 28 and the women’s team placed seventh. Memorable performances from the Cougars during that meet include Peterson in first place for the men’s high jump and triple jump, O’Kinsella in first for the men’s javelin, and Cundy in first for the women’s 3200 meter run.