The 10th annual District I Meet of Champions may not be remembered for all of the personal-best times and marks.
What most will recall years from now is the final regular-season track and field meet featured the best weather by far this spring. Some thought it was the best weather in 10 years for the meet that showcases athletes from all classifications.
No matter the time of year a meet is held at Post Falls High School, one can generally bet on having wind – and it usually comes from the west right into the faces of the sprinters.
Such wasn’t the case Thursday as sunny skies and an occasional whisper of a breeze allowed the athletes the first decent day to show their stuff.
And show several did. Especially Camille Reynolds of Lakeland, Sabrina Ewing of Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Cody Curtis of Coeur d’Alene and Tanner Schalk of Lake City.
Reynolds, the defending 4A state champ in the 100 meters and 300 hurdles, cruised to victory in both events. Her time in the 100 was 12.84 seconds and she set meet and personal records in the 300 (45.56). She also ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay (4:08.81) and the second-place medley (1:59.11).
Ewing was a two-event winner, vaulting 36 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump as she set meet and personal bests, and leaped a personal best 5-5 in the high jump. She took third in the long jump with a season-best 17-0, 1 inch behind winner Latecia Howell of Lakeland.
Curtis pulled off a difficult triple, winning the three long-distance races – 800 (2:00.3), 1,600 (4:34.96) and 3,200 (9:46.7). His time in the 3,200 was a personal best by 11 seconds.
Schalk, the defending 5A state champ in the 300 hurdles, continues to keep lowering his times in both hurdle races, and he did so without being challenged. He cruised to a time of 15.09 in the 110 and broke the 40-second barrier for a second straight week in the 300 (39.81). He also ran legs on the winning 400 (44.71) and 1,600 relays (3:29.0).
•Great Spokane League: At Mead, the league-leading Panthers boys and girls remained undefeated (7-0) by sweeping University and Shadle Park. U-Hi topped Shadle on both sides. Tasha Clark took over the state lead in the pole vault (12-1) and Baylee Mires ran the area’s fastest 400 (57.3) to spark the Mead girls. Maddy Fuchs swept the hurdles (16.1, 45.5) and Nye Joseph won the shot (32-3½) and discus (106-7) for U-Hi. Shadle’s Andrea Nelson took the distances (5:13.9, 11:36.1) and Amy Before won the 800 (2:19.4) and long jump (15-7¾). Jordan Curnutt, the area leader in the 800, did some speed work for Mead’s boys, winning the 200 (22.9) and 400 (52.6). Bo Schuetzle had a big day for Shadle, taking the 100 (11.4) and the horizontal jumps (21-7¾, 44-2¼).
At Gonzaga Prep, the host Bullpups girls and North Central boys went 2-0 in a meet that included Lewis and Clark. Both LC teams went 1-1. Spencer Wordell (39.4 seconds) and Nick Roark (39.5) became the first two 300-meter hurdlers to crack 40 seconds this year to lead the NC boys (5-1). Wordell also won the 200 (22.6) and Roark the 100 (11.2). Nerman Bajric of NC captured the horizontal jumps (20-10½, 42-5). Sprinter Megan Lindsay (13.0, 26.9) was a double winner for the G-Prep girls (5-3).
At East Valley, Ferris coasted past the host Knights and Rogers on both sides. EV topped Rogers’ boys and girls. Horizontal jumper Shannon Winant was a double winner (20-10, 42-8) for the Ferris boys along with Scott Kolb in the 110 hurdles (16.6) and pole vault (14-0). Sprinter Kelsey Lin (12.5, 26.0) and horizontal jumper Joslyn Hicks (15-4½, 33-1½) won twice for Ferris’ girls.
At Central Valley, the Mt. Spokane girls (6-1) beat the host Bears (5-2) by 1 second in the 1,600 relay to pull out a 79-71 win in the battle for second place. The CV boys (6-1) beat Mt. Spokane 88-57. Sprinter Averi Hallman (12.8, 26.9) and distance runner Courtney Zalud (2:26.7, 5:27) sparked the Mt. Spokane girls. Kendra Szoke won the horizontal jumps (14-11½, 33-6) for CV. Jason Nokes of Mt. Spokane became the first area runner to break 50 seconds in the 400 (49.9).
•Great Northern League: At Colville, West Valley’s boys and girls defeated the Indians to improve to 3-0. Double winners for the boys were distance runner Michael White (2:07.1, 4:36.3), hurdler Brian Haffner (16.3, 45.9) and thrower Cody Rollins (45-4, 137-9). The WV girls had to win the 1,600 relay to pull out a 73-68 win. Distance runner Rachel Rubright (2:31.2, 5:36.7) and Bailey Wold in the triple jump (34-½) and javelin 104-1 were double winners for WV. Thrower Sara Lentz (37-7, 128-8) and jumper Tasha Luu (5-0, 16-2¾) won twice for Colville.
At Cheney, the Blackhawks boys and girls rolled past Deer Park and Clarkston to improve to 3-0. Nathaniel Youmans won the 200 (23.2) and triple jump (41-10¼) and DeAngelo Jones took the long (20-8¼) and high jumps (6-1) for Cheney’s boys. Breanna Pavlish won the girls pole vault (7-6), javelin (120-8, league best) and discus (104-0); Shelby Maurer won the 100 (12.7) and 200 (26.1); and Mikaela Young won the horizontal jumps (16-½, 32-6¼) for Cheney. Chantel Duenich had a distance double (5:50.2, 12:42.1) for DP.
At Pullman, the host Greyhounds swept Riverside and Medical Lake. The ML boys and Riverside girls earned wins. Jennifer Nakata was a triple winner for the Pullman girls in the 300 hurdles (47.7), high jump (5-1½) and pole vault (8-0). Amanda Wilson of Riverside won the 400 (1:03.1) and 1,600 (5:42.7). The Greyhounds boys got two wins from distance runner George Adams (4:40.5, 10:28.7), hurdler Nick Cassleman (15.5, 40.1), Travis Keithley in the pole vault (13-0) and triple jump (37-2) and thrower Sam Bloomfield (40-5, 133-1). Medical Lake’s Kevin Ramson won the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.8).