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Tracksters record new marks at Nestucca meet

Another week, another slew of personal records (PR) reached for the Neah-Kah-Nie and Nestucca track and field teams.
The two school met up this past week at Nestucca High School for a Northwest League meet that featured six teams. In the team scores, the Nestucca boys scored a commanding 215, beating second place Vernonia’s 108. On the girls side, Neah-Kah-Nie was third with 111 points while the Lady Cats were right behind them with 108 points.
Starting out the meet in the sprints, NKN’s Isabella Simmons finished second in the 200-meter dash with a new PR of 31.02, just ahead of her teammate Aspen Becker, who finished in third. For Nestucca, Lauryn Dunn was third in the 100-meter dash at 14.14.
In the distance events, the Bobcat boys and NKN girls have been dominant all season, and this meet was no exception. Jordan White of NKN was the winner once again in the girls 800 and 1,500 as she tallied a new top time in the latter at 5:05.31. In the 3,000, Nestucca’s Rachel Whittles had the top time at 12:54.84.
The Bobcat boys had a surprise first place finish in the 400-meter race as Jaysson Swirtz ran a 56.05 to take the top spot. In the 800-meter Nestucca finished in the first four spots with Joe Wilkinson taking first with a new PR of 2:08.12. Behind him was Gustavo Camacho, Levi Hallock and Dylan Johnson, all recording new PR’s.
Johnson also ran the 1,500, where he placed second and in the 3,000 Wilkinson blew past everyone winning by over 30 seconds.
In the hurdles, NKN’s Karissa Hadermann had another great day with a first place PR in the 100-meter at 18.74 and she followed it up with a second place finish in the 300 hurdles. For Nestucca, Miguel Pimienta finished second in the boys 110 hurdles and third in the 300, while teammate Logan Blackburn recorded a new PR of 47.08 to take second in the 300 hurdles.
Off the track, Nestucca’s Kelsie Thuston had a big day, placing second in the shot put with a PR of 31-00.25 and a fourth place finish in the javelin with a PR of 84-05. Lady Cat Shamilee Chatelain finished fourth in both the shot put and discus and then highlighted her day with a second place finish in the javelin.
For the boys, Nestucca’s Ben Hurliman just edged NKN’s Seth Ziemecki in the shot put as they finished first and second respectively. Bobcat Isaac Barns also placed fourth in the event with a 33-08 PR.
In the discus, Hurliman finished second with a throw of 106-06 and NKN’s Logan Chestnut finished third, while Nestucca’s Skyler Wallace finished fourth, both with PR’s. Hurliman then went on to win the javelin by a landslide, while teammate Swirtz finished second and NKN’s Travis Bennett finished fourth.
In the jumping events NKN’s Aspen Becker was third in the long jump at 12-09.25 and Nestucca’s Lauryn Dunn was first in the triple jump at 29-06.5.
Swirtz had a clean sweep for the boys jumping events, winning the long jump and triple jump, with a PR of 40-00.25 in the triple.
Last but not least, Wilkinson had a PR in the pole vault at 10-00 to win the event, while Nestucca’s Alex Welch was second. For the girls, Whittles and Dunn both had 6-00 vaults to tie for second place.

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