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Track: Wolves narrowly miss having two relay teams place
That was all the Wolves needed for both of their relay teams to place Saturday at Star Track XXX at Mount Tahoma High School.
But South Kitsap co-track and field coach Paul Zimmer said a botched handoff during the 400-meter relay resulted in the Wolves being disqualified.
"We missed an exchange on the third leg today and didn't get onto the podium," he said. "We were third going into the exchange."
Zimmer said he felt particularly bad for senior Dominic Boddie, who is the lone member of that team who is not returning. Boddie also finished ninth in the 100 dash in 10.87 seconds.
"I can't even imagine what the kids are feeling like," he said. "As coaches it was on our minds for the rest of the day."
South fared better in the 1,600 relay, where it finished sixth in 3 minutes, 24.15 seconds. Federal Way won that event in 3:19.08. Zimmer said the Wolves were "running right with Federal Way" halfway through the race even though one of their top competitors, junior Zach Sleigh, was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
"They're a little disappointed," Zimmer said. "They were hoping to go 3:22, which would've placed them third. They're already talking about how they can duplicate it or do better next year."
On the individual side, junior LaForrest Church finished fifth in the 800 in 1:53.12. Wenatchee's Nick Boersma set a meet record in that event (1:49.87). Only one competitor who placed higher than Church, Eisenhower's Drew Schreiber was not a senior. Schreiber was third in 1:52.9.
"He ran a super race for a kid who went 2:05 last year," Zimmer said. "He's matured a lot and added a little more strength. It's been really cool to watch."
Kelsie Forcier was the Wolves' only female competitor. The senior placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 127 feet, 6 inches. Stanwood's Kaci Jones won the event (131-10)."
She was really happy with her fourth-place finish in the discus," Zimmer said.
Forcier, who signed to compete next year at Eastern Washington University, said she hoped to break Angela Sampson's school-record throw of 139-05 in the discus, which was set in 2000. When she did not, Zimmer felt she struggled to rebound in the shot put. Forcier finished with at 35-05 3/4 in that event and did not place.
"I think it was tough for her to come back mentally prepared again," Zimmer said. "I think she'll learn a lot from that experience. This definitely is not it for her."
This marks the end of the first season where South featured co-coaches. Zimmer shared duties with Kathy Ballew.
"I thought it went great," he said. "I think it helped with both of us coaching cross country in the fall. We really jive and work well together.
"We're excited with what we have returning and coming up next year."