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Bremerton edges Wolves in final race
After three long years of futility to South Kitsap High School sports teams, Bremertons Kellen Alley can finally say he has tasted victory against an SK sports team.
Though this is the first year Bremerton teams (except football) competed with SK in the Narrows League, Alley took his lumps on the football field and basketball court.
With the track and field season being the seniors last before moving on to Montana State, the dual meet at SK Thursday was his last effort to leave Bremerton knowing what it felt like to defeat SK.
Having already won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, the outcome of the match came down to final race of the night the 1,600-meter relay.
SK was trailing Bremerton by three points entering the race.
Trailing after the first leg, Brem-ertons Dominic Bryant and Anthony Ragsdale made up ground and took a slim lead going into the final handoff to Alley.
SKs Landon Edwards was just two strides behind Alley on the handoff and the two were neck and neck after the first 200 meters.
But Alley kicked in the afterburners for the final 200 meters and won by a couple of strides.
While the excitement of the win was relegated to sparse noise from Brem-erton athletes, Alley beamed with a big smile.
He finally beat South Kitsap.
The Wolves competed without triple and long jumper Nick Anderson, who missed the event while resting a sore groin.
Senior high jumper Ryan Douglas-Reid was also absent with a sore back.
But SK coach Ed Santos didnt make any excuses for the loss.
Sure it hurt (not having them), but you cant worry about that, Santos said. Im sure they have guys missing too. They beat us, they did a nice job. It came down to the four-by-four relay and they won. Pretty simple.
While there isnt much weight put into a dual meet, pride sits at center stage, Santos said.
You dont like losing, Santos said. Its a competition. The kids are disappointed Im sure but, hey, we did all we could.
SK senior Ryan Cole was impressive in his events.
He captured wins in the 100 meter dash (10.9 seconds) and 200 meter dash (22.8), and ran the anchor leg of the victorious 400 meter relay team (Lorenzo Bryant, Victor Valle, Landon Edwards).
SKs Buddy Anderson won the shotput with a throw of 41 feet, six inches.
The South Kitsap girls team easily defeated a depleted Bremerton team 88-41
Lynette Millard won the 100 meter dash in 13.6 seconds, Kindel Stepper won both the 800 meter run (2:35.5) and 1600 meter run (5:35.8), and Danielle Friend ran a very strong 3200 meter run (11:49.5)
Other winners included Ragina McNeil (100 hurdles; 18.9), Leah Kendrick (300 hurdles; 54.40; Olivia Bui (discus; 90-10), Teresa Schlafer (long jump, 16-2 1/2), Stephanie Peacock (triple jump; 29-8), and Adrian Salzwedel (pole vault; 7-6).
The 400- and 800-meter relay teams were also victorious.
The Wolves, who are scheduiled to compete at the Holder Relays in Yakima today, will then have 10 days off before hosting North Kitsap April 10.
Its be nice to have break, Santos said. I think we need it. Were a bit banged up and we need to get some people healthy.