TACOMA – Camden VerStrate didn’t look like a first-year high school sprinter on Saturday.
More like a dual-event state champion.
The Cheney senior bolted to victory in the 100 (11.0 seconds) and 200 (21.88) at the State 2A track and field meet at Mount Tahoma HS.
VerStrate, a standout wide receiver with tentative plans to walk on at Idaho this fall, pursued track this spring to help enhance his gridiron pursuit.
Now he has two gold medals.
“I was just doing it to get better at other sports, then I realized I could do pretty decent,” VerStrate said. “So coaches have helped me focus (on track).”
VerStrate knew that if he wanted to be atop the podium in his respective events he would have to beat Lindbergh speedster Deven Brown, who had posted the fastest times in the classification this season.
“I thought I had him,” VerStrate said. “I raced him in (at the Arcadia Invitational in California). I just had a good feeling going into today. Pretty confident.”
Last year, Cheney sprinter Charles Johnson – now at Washington State – won the 100 and 200.
Pullman junior distance runner Eliason Kabasenche also won two events this weekend, adding the boys 3,200 title (9:09.20) on the final day.
He made up half of the point total for the Greyhounds (40), who placed fourth as a team. Cheney and West Valley tied for eighth.
“I beat my personal best by 17 seconds today, a school record,” said Kabasenche, who won the 1,600 on Thursday. “Next year, I’m going for that 2A record.”
East Valley triple jumper Jared Hathaway recorded the only team points for the Knights, winning state with a leap of 45 feet, 9 1/4 inches.
Kobin Carver, Alyjouah Rollins, Elijah Fishburne and Garrett Morton teamed up to win the boys 1,600 relay for West Valley (3:22.10).
Carver also placed fourth in the 200 (22.7) for the Eagles. Giavanni Raskell also placed fourth for West Valley in the boys 3,200 (9:22.70).
Cheney’s Van Wormer wins girls pole vault title
Cheney’s Sophia Van Wormer captured a State 2A title in the girls pole vault, battling the rain to record a mark of 11-6.
Pullman’s Asha Campbell was one of four Pullman boys and girls athletes to win an individual track and field title, taking the girls triple jump (36-8).
West Valley sprinter LaTrouchka Duke earned a pair of medals, taking second in the girls 200 (25.59) and third in the 100 (12.47).