SK takes care of business against NK

After taking two weeks off from competition, the South Kitsap High School boys and girls track and field teams won a surprisingly lethargic dual meet against North Kitsap Wednesday.

The SK boys coasted to a 96-49 win and the SK girls nearly doubled up NK with a 96-50 win.

Despite the lopsided victories, SK coach Ed Santos said he thought his team looked tired.

“We competed well and had some good performances on a not-so-great day, but we seemed tired out there,” Santos said.

Santos attributed the lack of strong marks to the unseasonably cold weather and a lack of being pushed by a big field of competitors.

“Our effort is great, but the reality is the level of competition is not as good (in dual meets),” Santos said. “There isn’t always someone in the next lane to push (our runners). Sometimes our time trials are against each other, and that’s not fun.”

On a wet track SK senior sprinter Ryan Cole and Nick Anderson were double winners.

Cole cruised to victory in the 100-meter dash (11.2) and 200-meter dash (23.2).

Anderson, back after a groin pull earned wins in the long jump (20-8) and triple jump (41-1 1/4).

In a rare appearance in the 800-meter run, SK sophomore Josh Cobb won in a time of 2:09.8.

Other winners were Ryan Ocholik (300 hurdles; 45.1), Jason Stepper (javelin, 141-3), and Ryan Douglas-Reid (high jump 5-8).

SK also earned wins in the 400-meter relay (44.6) and 1,600-meter relay (3:48.2).

A plethora of SK girls cruised to victory.

Winners included Lynette Millard (100-meter dash, 13.9), Danielle Friend (800-meter run, 2:39.9), Kindel Stepper (1,600-meter run, 5:47.7), Jody Guariz (3,200-meter run, 12:59), Olivia Bui (discus, 82-1), Teresa Schlafer (long jump, 15-11 1/2), Stephanie Peacock (triple jump, 26-5), and Lauren Gehring (high jump, 4-4).

Santos said the mental attitudes and confidence levels of his athletes should be up for the home meet against PA on Wednesday.

“PA’s a tough one,” Santos said. “They should be up for that.”

SK’s competition stays fierce from here on out, with the SK Invitational and Lake Washington Invitational looming the next two weekends.

“We’ve got a couple invitationals so I don’t think we’ll have a problem going all out.”

Santos said he has no doubts about the physical abilities of his athletes.

“We’re ready physically. Now we need to get ready mentally,” he said. “It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”

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