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.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

Islander’s Gift Will Pay for New Rowing Shell for Local Club

Vashon Island Rowing Club member Bruce Morser painted a portrait of the late Ron and Marion Robbins.

Island Rowers Claim Virtual Victories, Look Ahead

Rowers at Burton Beach Rowing Club are training hard and setting some new personal standards.

Cross Country Captain Ella Yarkin Leads the Charge

Yarkin deeply appreciates the time she spends on the move.

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

Island rowers claim victories off the water

US Rowing held their virtual National Youth Championships in lieu of their annual on-water regatta.

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces
There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Updated: Athletics to continue despite coronavirus threat
Updated: Athletics to continue despite coronavirus threat

School district superintendent said for now games will continue as scheduled; players, coaches react

Ryan Krug Vashon cup soccer match held
Ryan Krug Vashon cup soccer match held

The game raised over $2,500 this year.

Pirates season ends at playoffs
Pirates season ends at playoffs

The Pirates, winning most of their games this season, lost to Meridian High School

‘Leaving on a high note’: Vashon wrestlers place 11th at state tourney
‘Leaving on a high note’: Vashon wrestlers place 11th at state tourney

“It was all thanks to our coaches who believed in us and pushed us to outwork our opponents.”