'Cat track athletes continue efforts toward state

The Mount Si boys' and girls' track teams performed well at the Sea-King District track meet last week. Four Wildcats will head to the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma this weekend to compete at the state level.

For the girls, Ashley VanOeveren, Kristen Berndt and Piper Sherbon will compete at state, and for the boys, Nick Verbon will represent the 'Cats.

First to qualify for the state meet at the Sea-King District meet was VanOeveren. She placed second in the discus with a throw of 113 feet, 11 inches.

Teammate Sherbon placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 103 feet, 4 inches, just missing qualifying in that event.

Berndt, who would later qualify in the javelin, qualified for the Sea-King finals in the 100-meter hurdles with a fourth-place finish. She ran the race in a time of 16.96 seconds.

During the second day of the meet, Sherbon and Berndt both made their mark. Sherbon broke her school record in the triple jump by 9 inches, leaping 36 feet, 113/4 inches to take second place. Her jump placed her in the top five distances in the state at the 3A level.

Next up was Berndt who threw the javelin 121 feet, 7 inches to also place second and advance to state.

Caitlin Braun and Carie Frantz also competed for the 'Cats at the Sea-King meet. Braun just missed the finals in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 5 inches, while Frantz just missed the field in the pole vault.

But the busiest person at the meet on the second day of competition had to be Verbon. He qualified in three different events, all on the second day.

He started the meet with a season's best time of 14.24 in the 110-meter high hurdles, placing a close second to the state leader, Nate Robinson.

Verbon followed that up with a leap of 21 feet, 3 inches in the long jump to place third, qualifying in his second event.

After the long jump, he joined teammates Kai Miyamoto, Jim Daughtrey and Brady Barry to run the 4x100-meter relay. In the preliminary race they had their best time of the season in 44.44 seconds. But in the finals, they ran a 45.25, placing sixth and missing a chance to go to state in that event.

Verbon finished his hectic day by breaking the 40-second barrier in the 300-meter hurdles, good enough for third place.

These four competitors will head to the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma this Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, to compete at the state level.

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