Wolves hot on cold track
June 12, 2008 · Updated 2:08 PM
"Considering the cold drizzle and absence of key participants, the South Kitsap High School boys and girls track and field team fared well at the Olympic Jamboree at Silverdale Stadium Friday afternoon.SK sprinter Ryan Cole was held out as a precaution. For the girls team, Kristen Ritchie, Rachelle Cooper, Melissa McCool, and Emily Picinich were held out because of various reasons. But SK coach Ed Santos said the teams should be at full strength Thursday when they host their only track meet of the season against Narrows League foe Stadium at Bremerton High School at 3:30 p.m.Because of the poor condition of the SK track, all meets are away meets, with the Stadium meet being the only home meet of the season.SK returns to Bremerton 48 hours later for the Bremerton Relays, which will include 3A powerhouse Lakes, Mead of Spokane, Gig Harbor, Port Angeles, Capital, and Shelton.Santos said the meet in Silverdale was more important for the first-year athletes to get their first taste of high school competition.Though both teams weren't playing with a full deck, the boys still managed to edge CK in the four-team jamboree.SK won with 78 points, CK followed with 77, Shelton had 67, and Olympic finished with 39.The girls faced a tough Shelton team that returns most of its members from the state team that placed in the top 10 last year.Shelton had 110 points, SK 63, CK 57, Olympic 40.Individual winners for SK include Jeff Briggs, who won the 300-meter hurdles in 42.4 seconds, despite jumping over an extra hurdle.Anthony Edwards, who will compete at Washington State University next year, cruised to an easy win in the 200 (23 seconds), Marcus Meddles ran away with a win in the 800, Sam Rodgers won the pole vault (11-6), and Ed Lilly won the javelin (156-9).On the girls side, only two earned individual titles.Natalie Rasmussen easily won the 3,200-meter dash in 11 minutes, 24 seconds, and Beth Rosapepe gave SK the sweep in long distance events with a win in the 1,600-meter dash (5 min, 32 sec).Santos said Rasmussen's time for a season opener and in those conditions was an incredible time.SK's only other win was in the 1,600-meter relay, which consisted of Randi Borchers, Adie Hendrixson, Kendall Stepper, and Teresa Schlafer.We had good performances, Santos said. It was cold and windy so I didn't have kids run many races. We didn't overrun anybody.Santos said he was pleased with the effort of the underclassmen, especially those who had never competed in a high school meet prior to this one.Santos mixed up his relays in Silverdale because of the absence of some athletes, but the relays will be at full strength at the Bremerton Relays.The (Bremerton) Relays will be a good test, Santos said. We just need to get through Stadium first and hope we don't get banged up. "