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Arlington readies for leagues
MARYSVILLE The Arlington boys track team had four individual champs when Marysville-Pilchuck hosted Mariner, Kamiak and the Eagles for a North-South Duel.
The host Tomahawks finished first in the boys and girls team standings, but the Arlington boys finished second and the girls third in a clear Team North victory at Quil Ceda Stadium, May 1.
Senior thrower Kurtis Hampton led teammates Jurell Frank and Weston Jorgenson as Arlington took first, second and third in the shot put. Hamptons throw of 49-5 led a strong field of competitors, beyond Jorgenson. At a sixth-place throw of 40-9, a fourth Arlington senior, Jordan Hawthorne hit an important milestone in his season.
Hawthorne hit a needed mark to qualify for league in the shot put, said Arlington coach Judd Hunter. With just leagues, districts and state ahead on the calendar, the freshman championships, junior varsity championships and North-South Duel meets this week were final opportunities for some Arlington athletes to qualify for the conference meet if they hadnt already. Each school is granted two individuals or teams per event at leagues, but third, fourth and additional athletes can qualify to compete at league by meeting standardized times and marks.
With a 10:12.87 time in the two mile, senior distance runner Charlie Ewell paced his way to a win and a qualifying time for the league championships starting May 7 at Snohomish High School.
A third Arlington athlete made it over the proverbial hurdle freshman Kristin Wregglesworths time of 2:38 in the 800-meter run was good for third place at Marysville and a lane at Snohomish.
Already slated for leagues, senior jumper Ryan Schimpf brought home another event victory for Arlington, winning the high jump with a mark of 6-0. Senior Colt Kesselring won the boys triple jump, edging Kamiaks Andrew Dremlyuga by half an inch with a mark of 39-6 1/2. Arlington sophomore Andrew Varnell hung in there as well, finishing third with a jump of 39-5.
Freshman Stephanie Van Slageren was the girls teams only event champ, winning the javelin with a best throw of 105-6. It was Van Slagerens second win of the week, after throwing 107 feet at freshman championships April 28.
Two more girls and a relay won at the Arlington-hosted frosh meet. Melissa Webb took the triple jump with a mark of 32-1 and Courtney Van Dyke won the high jump for clearing 4-8.
The Eagles girls emerged victorious in the 1,600 relay, run by Bryna Prause, Kylie Granado, Ashley Hawthorne and Katie Anderson. Their 4:24.30 time bested runner-up Stanwood by almost two seconds.
Our team is right on track to perform well at league and move on to district and compete for a district championship, Hunter said.