Rain comes off Tom Kirby’s nose and chin in rivulets.
The Mount Si senior was soaked, but still in high spirits, after winning the mile race in a downpour during the Wildcats’ home track meet, Thursday, April 4, with the Juanita Rebels.
Kirby, who also placed fifth in the 800-meter race on this cold day, is one of a big group of Mount Si teens totally immersed in motion. They won’t stop moving, despite rain or setbacks.
Kirby loves the adrenaline that comes in a race, as well as the broad team-oriented mindset.
“You set all these goals,” Kirby said. “You prove you can do it.”
Between warm-ups on the tarmac, Peter Link slicks his hand back through rain-spiked hair, explaining his own competitive drive.
Link was powering up to push for a new high in the discus. Sure enough, high fives followed his hurl, as Link met and blew through his goal of 120 feet, adding eight inches to that.
“I like to win. I just go for it,” says Mount Si junior Karlie Hurley. She was the team’s winningest member Thursday, putting up firsts in the 200 and 400 meter dash and the long jump.
Hurley was first in the 200 meter race with 26.89 seconds. Curstyn Williamson was fourth with 28.83 seconds. Hurley also won the 400 meter race, with one minute, 46 seconds, and the long jump with 15 feet, 11.75 inches.
Track veteran Jesse Guyer was second in the 100 meter race with 13.54 seconds, followed by Hannah Richmond at fourth, while distance leader Bailey Scott was second in the mile, with 5:42.5, followed by Delaney Hollis and Melissa Hruska.
Abbey Bottemiller was second in the 800 meter race with 2:31.83.
In shot-put, Mount Si’s Heather Vanoureck finished fourth in first with a 30 foot, 2.5 inch throw, followed by Sydney Leonard and Velvet Weber. Andrea Suttle was second at discus with a 77 foot, nine-inch toss. Leonard was first in the javelin with 98 feet, followed by Weber.
Pole vault was a Mount Si girls sweep, with Danielle Curley first with 8.6, followed by Mikaelyn Davis, Emma Panciroli and Kristin Moore with eight-foot vaults and Abby Weber with seven-foot-six.
Senior Jimbo Davis finished first in the boys 100 meter race with 11.1 seconds. Juniors Ehren Eichler and Keldon Back were third and fourth, respectively.
Sam Isen finished first in the 400 meter race, with a 52.32-second finish. Dom Canady was sixth in the mile, and freshman Miguel Stubing was seventh, while senior Tim Corrie finished first in the 3,200 meter race.
It was a sweep in the 110 high hurdles, with Bradly Stevens finishing first with 15.6 seconds, followed by Jon Proctor, Andrew Harris, Cameron Bolt, Aaron Robey and Max Lee.
Bolt finished first in the 300 meter hurdles, followed by Robey in second. Mount Si’s 4-by-100 relay team of Eichler, Samuel Hruske, Back and Steven finished behind Juanita.
Sam Isen, Preston Banks, Back and Cameron Davis, one of Mount Si’s two 4-by-400 relay teams, won.
Davis was second in the shot put, with 39 feet, six inches. Link, Ethan Reyes and Alex Blair were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
In discus, Mount Si’s Davis, Jacob Barrus and Eric Golpe were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Junior Mitch Smith led a Mount Si top-four in javelin, with a 115 foot, 2-inch throw. Jacob Wachtendon, Torrin Weatherbee and Alex Blair followed. At high jump, Jon Proctor was first with five-eight. Davis won pole vault with an 11-foot vault. Baly Botten and Richard Willard each tied for second with 10 feet.
Wachtendonk was second in the long jump with 17 feet and 7.25 inches. Proctor, Weatherbee, Bolt and Steve Chang were second-through-fourth in the triple jump.
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