Track and field: Relays, Forcier highlight South's state entries

South Kitsap’s track and field teams have been downsized to a cross-country unit.

Perhaps that makes it fitting that the majority of Wolves competing at the state meet are not individual events, but relays.

South’s 400- and 1,600-meter girls relay teams advance to Star Track today and Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. The top eight placers in each event at last week’s West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament qualified for state.

Hillary Hestead competed on both relays and coach Joanne Warren praised her performance in each.

“She’s been unflappable,” she said.

The senior teamed with Sarah Lacey, Rhianna Boe and Amanda Wilson to finish seventh in the 1,600 relay in 4 minutes, 7.69 seconds. Hestead ran her lap in a personal-best 59.7 seconds.

“It’s my senior year, so it’s really exciting to get to state,” said Hestead, adding that the 1,600 team missed a state berth by one place last year. “I really pushed it this year.”

Hestead also helped the 400 relay move onto state along with Bethany Sanchez, Christa Lane and Wilson with an eighth-place finish in 50.41 seconds.

Despite those performances, South’s girls team finished tied for 17th with 18 points. Kentwood was first with 79 points.

The Wolves’ top individual performer was junior Kelsie Forcier. She finished third in the discus with a personal-best throw of 124 feet, 4 inches.

“Our district is the hardest,” Forcier said. “When you get to this level, you know you will have competitors. They make me want to push myself to do better.”

While Forcier’s top mark in the discus came on the final throw, her initial heave was a personal-best in the shot put (38-10 ¼), good enough for fifth.

“That totally revved me up for the rest of my throws,” she said.

This will be Forcier’s second state appearance. She placed eighth in the discus last year, but did not advance to Star Track in the shot put.

“Making it to two events in state is amazing,” she said. “I’m starting to peak at the right time and I’m really stoked.”

Lacey also placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (48.77), while senior Ashlee Becker was seventh in the pole vault (10-03) and will also advance.

South, which did not send any boys to state last year, has one representative this season. Junior Steven Pavlik finished fifth in the discus (143-08).

Both the Wolves’ 400- and 1,600-relay teams finished one spot short of a state appearance. Warren believes a healthy Dominic Boddie would have been the difference.

“We had a little disappointment on our boys side with Dominic being too hurt to run,” she said. “He’s always struggled with his hips. He always goes 100 percent.”

Warren said she also would have liked to have seen more seniors at Star Track. Both Isaiah Davis (high jump) and Shelby Jackson (javelin) qualified for state in the past, but not this year.

“My seniors start thinking too much,” Warren said. “ ‘This is my last year. This is my last meet.’ I’ve got to figure out how to get them through it.”

Results (top finisher and all South Kitsap state qualifiers)
Team-1, Kent Meridian 62.5; 2, Skyview 62; 3, Rogers 50; 4, Gig Harbor 49; 5, Bellarmine Prep 40; 5, Federal Way 40; 7, Mount Tahoma 37; 8, Kentwood 33; 8, Union 33; 10, Auburn 31; 11, Auburn Riverside 27; 12, Kentridge 26; 13, Olympia 20; 13, Heritage 20; 15, Curtis 19; 16, Graham-Kapowsin 16; 17, Kentlake 15.5; 18, Central Kitsap 14; 19, Spanaway Lake 13; 20, Emerald Ridge 12; 21, Thomas Jefferson 11; 22, Battle Ground 8; 23, Todd Beamer 6; 24, Shelton 4; 24, South Kitsap 4; 24, Tahoma 4; 27, Evergreen (Vancouver) 3; 28, Bethel 2; 29, Puyallup 1.
100-1, Michael Rector (BP) 10.9. 200-1, Rector (BP) 21.87. 400-1, Brad Michael (SKVW) 49.05. 800-1, Derrick Daigre (KM) 1:51.72. 1,600-1, Nate Brennand (OLY) 4:14.09. 3,200-1, Meron Simon (FW) 9:18.07. 110 hurdles-1, Zigquille Mabry (WIL) 15.44. 300 hurdles-1, Abu Kamara (KM) 40.23. 400 relay-1, Rogers (Kyle Caviezel, Derrick Jones, Austin Thummel-Gravitt, Max McIntosh) 42.71. 1,600 relay-1, Skyview (Michael, Kevin Boyd, Oliver Tamis, Elliot Willis) 3:19.18. Shot put-1, Jon Lawson (PRA) 58-02 1/4. Shot put-1, Danny Shelton (AUB) 56-07 1/2. Discus-1, Nick Conlan (AUB) 158-0; 5, Steven Pavlik (SK) 143-08. Javelin-1, Sean Keller (HER) 223-10. High jump-1, Jacob Troupe (UNI) 6-07. Pole vault-1, Joe Thompson (UNI) 14-0. Long jump-1, BJ Arceneaux (KW) 22-04 1/4. Triple jump-1, Brandon Harris (KM) 44-06 1/2.
Team-1, Kentwood 79; 2, Skyview 62; 3, Tahoma 53; 4, Federal Way 53; 5, Bellarmine Prep 48; 6, Gig Harbor 44; 6, Thomas Jefferson 44; 8, Kent Meridian 42; 9, Emerald Ridge 29; 10, Mount Rainier 28; 11, Kentridge 23; 12, Auburn Riverside 21; 12, Bethel 21; 12, Curtis 21; 15, Stadium 20; 15, Union 20; 17, South Kitsap 18; 17, Todd Beamer 18; 19, Central Kitsap 12; 20, Olympia 10.5; 21, Auburn 8; 21, Puyallup 8; 23, Battle Ground 6; 24, Shelton 5; 25, Evergreen (Vancouver) 4.5; 26, Heritage 2; 27, Kentlake 1; 27, Graham-Kapowsin 1.
100-1, Majerae Gates (FW) 12.21. 200-1, Holly DeHart (KW) 25.14. 400-1, Hannah Derby (BP) 56.75. 800-1, Jasmine Johnson (FW) 2:14.74. 1,600-1, Maureen Tremblay (GH) 4:59.47. 3,200-1, Jordan McPhee (MR) 10:54.12. 100 hurdles-1, Rachel McQuivey (SKVW) 15.31. 300 hurdles-1, McQuivey (SKVW) 45.14; 6, Sarah Lacey (SK) 48.77. 400 relay-1, Kentwood (Mykala Benjamin, Holly DeHart, Mariah Lee, Madelayne Varela) 48.12; 8, South Kitsap (Hillary Hestead, Bethany Sanchez, Christa Lane, Amanda Wilson) 50.41. 800 relay-1, Kentwood (Benjamin, DeHart, Quincie Proctor-Guyton, Varela) 1:40.87. 1,600 relay-1, Bellarmine Prep (Samantha Dowling, Daryl Phill, Larisa Robic, Derby) 3:56.98; 7, South Kitsap (Hestead, Lacey, Rhianna Boe, Wilson) 4:07.69. Shot put-1, Kayla Adams (TJ) 45-03 1/2; 5, Kelsie Forcier (SK) 38-10 1/4. Discus-1, Adams (TJ) 137-01; 3, Forcier (SK) 124-04. Javelin-1, Lindsey Dahl (TJ) 134-11. High jump-1, Chelsea Muskelly (KM) 5-06. Pole vault-1, Montana Pellegrini (TJ) 11-0; 7, Ashlee Becker (SK) 10-03. Long jump-1, Brandi Williams (AR) 17-10 3/4. Triple jump-1, Kathleen Mulligan (MR) 37-06.

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