Arlington throwers impress in Marysville

Rachel Carey bursts down the backstretch as the anchor leg of the girls 4x100m relay. -
Rachel Carey bursts down the backstretch as the anchor leg of the girls 4x100m relay.
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This years Tomahawk Track & Field Classic, held at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, produced a number of impressive performances from the Arlington throwers. The event, held April 28, featured only the top performers from local 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools.
With so much competition, Kjirsten Jensen still outperformed everybody in both the shot put and the discuss. Her throw of 12707 in the discuss bested the second-place finisher by over 45. That incredible disparity is made even more impressive due to Jensens age. As only a junior, her potential at regional and state meets seems boundless.
In the shot put, Jensen split top honors with Emme Mathew, a junior at Issaquah. Their shared throw of 3803 put them both nearly four full feet ahead of the rest of the pack. ##M:[more##
In the javelin, Shayna Prause threw an impressive 11305 to finish second. Prause has already thrown 128 this season and will be a top district competitor.
On the boys side, Jerad Barber won the javelin with a throw of 16301. He barely beat Chris Wells of Mountlake Terrace to win the title.
Teammate Jeff Boyden placed second in the discuss with a throw of 14107.
Arlingtons boys did well in the jumps as well, with Bryan Mack leaping to 4203 in the triple jump, good enough for second place at the meet.
Brandon Gunter long jumped 2005 to finish fourth.
The teams next meet is at Mariner High School on May 3.

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ARLINGTON As Rachel Carey walked off the track following her anchor leg of the winning 4x100m relay team, she could hardly suppress a smile. Along with teammates Virginia Wilson, Jessia Vanloo and Brooklyn Holton, she had wrapped up an impressive 53.11-second winning time in the event. The victory came at a price as first leg runner Brooklyn Holton injured her ankle during her portion of the race.
Sure we were a little slower than usual. But considering the injury to Brooklyn, we did pretty well, said Carey.
Carey also placed second in the 100m and 200m dash with times of 13.72 seconds and 28.10 seconds respectively.
Senior Samantha Welch ran a 51.60 second 300m hurdles, good enough for second place at the meet. 100m hurdler Shayna Prause claimed third in the high hurdles with a time of 17.73 seconds.
Erin Taylor placed fourth in the 400m with a time of 1:05.16 and Kristina Bosket broke the six minute mile barrier easily, cruising to second place with a time of 5:42.38.
Kjirsten Jensen won the shot put by a full two feet, throwing 3802. She also won the discuss easily with a tremendous 11508 toss, outdistancing her nearest competition by oven ten feet.
In the javelin, Quinn Kesserling finished a respectable third place with a toss of 10301. Jana Kansanback leapt 3306 in the triple jump, good enough for second place.
On the boys side Marcus Dolan appeared to be in good form in the 100m, finishing with a time of 11.66 seconds, just .26 second behind the winner.
Travis Doggett lost a tight 400m race by mere three tenths of a second, finishing second with a time of 53.95 seconds. Arlington scored a victory in the 110m hurdles as Tyler Varnell outpaced everybody with a time of 16.67 seconds. Kevan Ferrier won in the 300m hurdles for Arlington as well with a time of 41.12.
Sprints coach Brent Copenhaver appeared pleased.
Were coming along in every area. The times are consistently lower. Both the boys and girls groups are coming together at the right time.
In the distance races, Paul Simbeck ran a sterling 4:41 mile, five seconds behind the eventual race winner. Luke Passalacqua came in only three seconds after Simbeck.
In throws, Kurtis Hampton easily won the shot put with a throw of 4704. Hampton also finished fourth in the discuss, won by Arlingtons Jeff Boyden at 14308.
Brennan Cobb turned in a second place performance in the long jump with a distance of 1905.
Nathan Davis, jumps coach, also had much to celebrate from his athletes.
Today I had Tyler Varnell nearly break 40 in the triple jump and our freshman Tyler Frauenholz jumped over 19 in the long jump. Those are both great results for us. They show consistent improvement.
Despite Arlingtons relative youth, the team produced some heady results for the forward thinking coaching staff. Still, head coach Judd Hunter did not seem overly satisfied by his athletes performances and was quick to point out that there is always room for improvement.

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