Vashon High School hosted its first track and field in more than 15 years on Wednesday, March 27. It included four other schools from the Nisqually League at the new facility.
The meet went like clockwork, as there was a lot of excitement that the VHS athletes finally had the opportunity to compete in front of their friends and family in their own stadium. Both the VHS boys and girls placed second in the team scoring. The boys team missed winning the meet by 2 points. The final tallies were Charles Wright with 173 points, Vashon 171, Cascade Christian, 115.5 and Seattle Christian 88.5 for the boys team scores. On the girls side it was Charles Wright with 178.5 points, Vashon 153, Cascade Christian 96.5, and Seattle Christian 68.
The boys’ 4 x 100 meter relay team took first place in the time of 47.09. The four team members were Kalen Cunningham, who also placed second in the 200 meters in 25.06, which was a personal best, along with Sol Dehnert, who placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 4 inches, Jess Leysath, who placed second in the 100 meters in 12.6, and Zavier Delgado Williams as the anchor.
Vashon swept the top three places in the javelin with Nelson Giorgini placing first with a throw of 118 feet 7 inches, which was a personal best, followed by Alex Lee with a throw of 117 feet 7 inches, which was his personal best, and, in third, Logan Higuera with a throw of 114 feet 9 inches.
In the 3,200 meters, Ursa Medeiros finished in second place with a time of 12:14.
The boys 4 x 400 meter relay team finished in second place with a time of 4:15. The team members were Schuyler Ricks, who also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 20.6, Jackson Mallory, Anthony Mathias and Sean Robertson.
On the girls side, the top two places in the 400 meters went to Phoebe Wilke in 1:06 and Ava Bostock in 1:07. The girls 4 x100 relay placed second with a time of 55.95. The team consisted of the Bostock sisters, Ava and Jackie with Wilke and Ana Olsen.
The Pirates swept the top four places in the girls javelin. Jordan Bezoenik had a throw of 91 feet; Isabella Mediavilla threw 76 feet 6 inches; Emerson Dunn came in at 66 feet 11 inches, and Ana Olson followed at 65 feet 1 inch.
A plethora of Pirates found the top three places in the high jump with Grace Christie and Elise Hopper tied for first with a leap of 4 feet 6 inches. Indigo Assink finished second with a jump of 4 feet 2 inches.
The Pirates also sailed away with the top three spots in the girls 3,200. Ella Yarkin finished first in 13:58, followed by Lucy Boyle in second at 14:00, and Brigit O’Rourke took third in 14:53.
The next track meet for the Pirates will be on April 18 at Charles Wright Academy. Thursday, April 25, will be the next time the Pirates will host a home meet. They will also host the Nisqually League Championship track meet on May 10 and 11.