Wolves shine in SK Invitational

With the track and field season slowly winding toward the postseason, Saturday’s South Kitsap Invitational would be a good measuring stick for area coaches. And most liked what they saw.

“Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the day,” Central coach Mark Ward said. ““Today was a good last hurrah if you will. I really have no disappointments on the day.”

That was the case with South Kitsap’s Paul Zimmer, as well, as he watched his girls take the team title while the South boys placed second.

“It was a team effort today and they really competed well,” Zimmer said.

The Wolves took the girls team title with 104.5 points. Heritage was second at 88 while Wilson placed third with 79 points. Olympic took fourth while Central Kitsap was sixth and Bremerton eighth.

On the boys’ side, Heritage won the title with 148 points with South grabbing second at 102.5. Olympic was sixth, Central eighth and Bremerton placed 11th.

Klahowya, a 2A school, found the going a bit rough, placing 11th in the girls meet and 10th on the boys side.

“It was dry and no one got hurt,” Ward said. “So it was a real good day.”

The SK Invitational was the last big meet on most teams’ schedule and the last chance to get a good look at the competition. And South’s Leah Bradley was one who put on a show.

The senior competed in four events — the 100-meter hurdles and long, triple and high jump — winning the high jump and placing in the hurdles and triple jump.

“I’m tired,” Bradley said after the meet. “I thought it was a good day but now that it’s over, I’m just kind of tired.”

Bradley won the high-jump with a leap of 5-feet, 2-inches, was second in the triple-jump and placed third in the hurdles.

“That was absolutely amazing,” Zimmer said. “Her placing in three events, that was huge on the girls side.”

“I’m getting faster,” Bradley said. “I’m getting better, going higher. But there’s a lot of good competitors out there.”

Like Central’s Brittany Rozier, who won the 200-meter dash, and Klahowya’s Brenda Baxter who took, the 400 title.

“Brittany winning the 200 was real impressive, I thought,” Ward said. “All of our sprinters, in general, I was real pleased with them.”

Ward said his team’s strength was in his sprinters, mainly his boys relay teams. The Cougars 4-by-400 team won its event by knocking two seconds off its best time and the 4-by-100 team smoked the field in the preliminaries but had a bobbled exchange in the finals and was disqualified.

“If I was happy right now, I’d be selling my own team short,” Ward said. “And that’s not fair to them, because they’ve worked so hard. There’s a lot of improvement still to be made.”

South dominated the meet in the distance and throwing events, as Eileen Morley won the mile run while Katie McCausland took the 800-meter title and Morley and Sam Godfrey were top four in the 3,200 meters, which was won by Olympic’s Katie Porter.

“I still want to get my times down a little more,” McCausland said. “I definitely ready to go. I pushed myself pretty hard, I pretty much put everything I had out there.”

On the boys side, Jake Boling of South won the discus while C.J. Godfrey took second in the mile.

“I think our distance team is really coming along strong,” Godfrey said. “Earlier on, everyone was real beat up. But it looks like we’re going to be peaking right at league which is what we want.”

Boling was disappointed with his winning distance of 149.9, but not with the win.

“I’ve been throwing the hammer so much that my discus has been lagging a little bit,” Boling said. “But that’s a small price to pay.”

Peninsula’s Bruce Hubbard was a dual winner, taking both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Most teams have at least one more dual meet on the schedule before the Narrows League meet May 14-15. The district meet follows May 21-22 with the state meet scheduled for May 28-29 in Pasco.

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