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Arlington track seeks to build on success
Senior thrower Kjirsten Jensen headlines a strong core of returning state athletes back for another year of Arlington track and field.
After stringing together a series of shot put and discus wins in the regular season meets, Jensen emerged from a lower flight to win the 3A girls shot put at the state track and field meet in Pasco last May. She coupled it with a win in her stronger event, the discus.
Shes looking to improve, said Arlington head coach Judd Hunter. Shes one of our captains this year, he added, explaining Jensens role on the team, which includes helping to coach other throwers.
Shes one of a handful of athletes back with a taste of state and seeking to return for seconds.
The boys team returns a state thrower as well in senior Kurtis Hampton. Another team captain, Hampton qualified for state in the shot put, and Hunter figures he should qualify in the discus this year, too.
Senior sprinters Marcus Dolan and Rachel Carey return to help lead the team, while Careys 4x400-meter relay teammate Ginny Wilson has the potential to be a threat in multiple events.
Last year she did the heptathlon, Hunter said of the 5-11 sophomore. Any event could be hers.
The womens heptathlon traditionally consists of seven events the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put, the 200, long jump, javelin and the 800.
The boys team returns several more state vets including 300 hurdler Kevan Ferrier and field specialists Ryan Schimpf in high jump and Bryan Mack in the triple jump.
Hunter added that the latter two athletes had participated in track camps, posting improved performances over their state bests. The coach is looking for a breakthrough season from Mack, also a sprinter for the Eagles.
Hes going to sneak up on a few people, Hunter said, adding that the senior already bested his previous record in the triple jump by three feet. He worked hard in the offseason. Hell be fast on the track, strong in the triple jump.
Despite clashing repeatedly with defending boys state champ Everett in conference competition, Hunter has set a goal for his team claiming the district championship. As regular season meets are merely training for the state-qualifying end-of-season meets, Hunter and his team are focused on late April and May.
We cant control what they (Everett) do, but we can do our best, he said.