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Mount Si track team measuring gains, one unique record at a time | Photo gallery
Mount Si’s Delaney Hollis, center, moves up in the pack, followed by teammate Kamira Nicolino, in the mile Thursday, April 26. Hollis took second.
Nothing. That’s what’s on Mitchell Smith’s mind as he races toward the bar, leaps as high as he can, and sails up, over and down to the mat.
“The clearest mind is the best way,” the Mount Si sophomore explains his approach to the high jump. “If you think about it, you’re probably going to hit the bar.”
A jumper since seventh grade, he takes the sport one inch at a time. Driven by both a family interest in the sport and the need to stay active, Smith was stoked to break a personal record in last week’s Mount Si home meet with Interlake.
Breaking the personal record is the small victory that track and field athletes chase and earn constantly.
For Mitchell, the improvement that he made Thursday—a new personal best with a five-foot, eight-inch jump—is “the best feeling in my life.”
It’s only the beginning.
Following her personal best in the girls’ mile, Mount Si sophomore Delaney Hollis was thrilled, sharing her experience.
She and running mate Annie Shaw, a Mount Si freshman, have been alternately breaking their best mile times. With a 6:07.9 time on Thursday, Hollis was on top of the world.
Explaining her approach, Delaney compares it to her fall sport, soccer.
“When I’m out here, I focus on the closest girl to me,” the sophomore said. “I keep my eye on her, I speed up to her gradually. I just tick them off, one at a time.”
“Track is good because it gets me out every day, running,” Hollis added. She can’t do it by herself—Hollis feeds off the energy of those around here.
“I am an extremely competitive person,” she said.
Mount Si runners and throwers racked up triumphs personally and for their team—their efforts led Thursday to a strong team victory for both the boys and girls teams.
“I’ll take that!” said freshman Sarah Brevick, one of the upcoming prospects for girls throwers. She had broken 80 feet in an early javelin flight, and went on to cap an 82.9-foot hurl.
“I just wanted to get a PR,” Brevick said. She’s stoked to be part of the team: Coach Dave Ovall is “Awesome,” and “It’s fun throwing a spear as far as you can.”
Back at the high jump, senior Ryan Olson broke down the physics of human flight, as he, Mitchell and teammate Jon Proctor pushed for PRs. Olson explains that the centrifugal force of the runner carriers them toward the pole.
“Your body is telling you that you need to go into the bar,” he said. “Really, you just need to jump…as high as you can.”
Smith has been running a lot to strengthen his calves, and training with the jumping coach. He’s got the muscles to go even higher, he says.
Both Mount Si boys and girls teams dominated Thursday, with the boys leading 79-66, the girls 93-57.
For the boys, Mount Si’s Emmitt Rudd and Willy Eand had second and third in the 200-meter race, with 26.22 and 26.48, respectively.
Cole Palmer, Keldron Back and Ehren Eichler had the top three in the 400-meter race with 55.27, 55.99 and 56.54, respectively.
Mount Si’s 400-meter relay team of Sean Hyland, Back, Eichler and Landon Storrud won their event.
Dom Canady was second in the 3,200 meter race.
Bradly Stevens won the 110 meter hurdles in 16.53, with Jon Proctor coming in third and Tyler Amsler at fifth.
Kevin Carter led with 22.08 in the 110 high hurdles, and Ben Houldridge led five placers in the 300 hurdles, followed by Kevin Carter at third and Aaron Robey at fifth.
At shot, Mount Si had a strong showing, led by Brian Copeland, Blake Herman and Cameron Davis in the top three. Copeland had a 44 foot, 7.25-inch put.
Zach Sletten led at discus with a 126-foot, three-inch hurl, followed by Copeland, A.J. Brevick, Bradly Stevens and Peter Link.
At javelin, Mount Si record holder Stevens led with an 187-foot, five-inch launch, followed by Brevick and Gunnar Carlson.
In the high jump, Mitchell Smith led with a five-foot-eight-inch leap, followed by Jon Proctor, Ryan Olson and Mark Grigas.
At pole vault, Jimbo Davis took first with a 12-foot-six-inch vault. Mount Si’s Will Raymond took fifth.
In the long jump, Emmitt Rudd and Sean Hyland had second and third.
In the triple, Brevick led with a 38-foot, 1.75-inch sequence, followed by Proctor. Tyler Amsler and Mark Grigas had fourth and fifth.
Sophomore Jesse Guyer won the 100-meter race in 13.21 and the 200-meter race in 27.66 seconds.
In the 400-meter race, Karlie Hurley, a freshman, took second in 1:02.01.
At 800 meters, Christina Volken, a junior, took second with 2:28.85. Delaney Hollis was third in the mile with 6:07.92.
Sophomore Bailey Scott took third in the 3200-meter race with 12:39.33.
Junior Ashley Jackson won both the girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles with 18.18 and 50.19 seconds, respectively.
The 4-by-100 relay team of Sophie Rockow, Sarah Miller, Jesse Guyer and Hannah Richmond won with 52.76, while the 4-by-200-meter relay team, of Rockow, Hurley, Miller and Gyer won with 1:50.43.
The 4-by-400-meter team of Hurley, Volken, Hutchinson and Abbey Bottemiller won with 4.27.8.
For the throwers, junior Heather Vanourek won with a 30-foot, 4.25 inch shot put, followed by Andrea Suttle, also a junior. Suttle won at discus with an 80-foot throw, followed by Sarah Brevick at second. Brevick won the javelin with an 82-foot, nine-inch toss.
Lexi Swanson, a senior, won the high jump with a four-foot, two-inch leap. Hannah Richmond, a junior, won the pole vault with a nine-foot vault. Jackson won the long jump with a 15 foot, 6.5-inch leap.
Sophie Rockow and Sally Miller, both seniors, tied for first in the triple jump with 31 feet, 9.75 inches.