The Neah-Kah-Nie High School track and field team had their first competitive races of the season when they hosted the Northwest League Relay Meet on March 21.
The six-team field last Thursday experienced a unique meet with a few untraditional relay events such as the 4×200, 4×800 and traditional field events.
Highlighting the Pirates efforts on the track were the girls distance runners, including the work of freshmen Jordan White, who was first in the 1,500 meter race and a part of the first place 4×400 meter relay race, with Dinah Schultz, Rheanne Bryant and Emma Miller.
Head coach for NKN James Billstine is really looking forward to seeing how the young athletes perform throughout the season.
“With only two seniors, Coach Quintana, Coach Young and myself are bringing up a very young team,” Billstine said. “However, so far we have had phenomenal leadership from our returners, and a lot of buy-in to what we are trying to do with our workouts and attitude. There are several state qualifiers or placers returning, and they are bolstered by a strong freshman class.”
Schultz also had a strong day with a second place finish in the 1,500, she helped the 4×100 team of Karissa Hadermann, Aspen Becker and Emma Miller finish in second and a first place finish in the 4×200 relay race with Isabella Simmons, Miller and Becker.
NKN’s Emma Murphy was second in the 3,000 meter race as well. In the field events, Aspen Becker had a season best in the long jump at 13-00.
For the boys, Ecca Fry tallied a PR in the 1,500 meter race to finish in fifth place. Fry also had a PR in the 3,000 meter race with a time of 12:26.23.
The Pirate boys had a solid day in the field events, as Seth Ziemecki was second in the shot put with a PR of 39-09.05, Logan Chesnut was third in the discus with a throw of 86-01 and Jack Porter tallied a PR in the javelin to finish third with a heave of 130-10.05.
In the jumping events, Joseph Vega tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.
It was a strong showing for the Pirates, but Billstine is focused mainly on making small gains at every meet as the season moves along.
“Though the team is small, we expect a lot of improvement from individuals,” Billstine said. “Our main goal is for athletes to have an individual sense of achievement from their season, and a sense of camaraderie from working with their teammates.”