Straube, Thalhofer stand out in Pirate track third place finishes

  • Saturday, April 26, 2008 5:04am
  • Sports

The Vashon High School Pirate track teams, boys and girls, placed third in a four-way meet Thursday, March 27, at Fife High School.

The host Fife Trojans competed along with the Eatonville Cruisers and the Chimacum Cowboys.

The boys earned 30 points to Fife’s 19. Eatonville won the meet with 81 points, and Chimacum was second with 55 points.

The highlight for the boys was Adam Thalhofer winning the 300 hurdles in 47.07. He took his opponent from Eatonville on the last hurdle to earn the victory.

On the girls side it was Fife putting up 97 points along with Chimacum at 45 points. Then it was the Vashon girls with 24 points and Eatonville with 23.

The highlight for the girls was freshman Leigh Sherridan taking second in her debut in the 3200-meter run at 13.04.

Two days later found the Pirates again at Fife, this time for the April Fools Invitational.

Upon arriving at the stadium, the team would find out that the name of the meet was no joke: seven other schools were ready to compete as well.

The best finish for the day was a third place turned in by the 4X100 meters relay team consisting of Nathan Betz, Danny Salonen, James Spencer and Adam Thalhofer, who clocked in at 48.54.

In this invitational, any athlete who placed first received a “Champion” T-shirt, so on the girls side sophomore Kate Straube updated her wardrobe by taking home two of these shirts by winning both the 100-meter hurdles in 17.6 and the 300-meter hurdles in 49.64.

Next week is a bye for the Pirates on Thursday April 3, but they will have the opportunity to step up the training to make a push in the second half of the season.

— This article was edited by sports editor Eric Horsting with information from coach Kevin Ross.

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