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Knights’ Hill steals the Oly League show

Bremerton’s Jacki Hill had an Olympic League Championship meet to remember last weekend, winning individual titles in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races while helping the Knights’ 400-meter relay to the top podium spot as well.  - Photo by Jesse Beals
Bremerton’s Jacki Hill had an Olympic League Championship meet to remember last weekend, winning individual titles in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races while helping the Knights’ 400-meter relay to the top podium spot as well.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Bremerton’s Jacki Hill was as good as gold at last weekend’s Olympic League Track and Field Championships, winning three individual events and running a leg on a first-place relay to help the girls team to a fourth-place finish.

Knight Alex Griffin led the boys team, winning a brilliant duel in the 100-meter dash, helping the squad to edge North Mason for fifth place.

Hill continued her season domination in the sprints, capturing the 100, 200 and 400 events, and joined with speedsters Christina Lawrence, Rosie Llewellyn and Stephanie Himmelsbach to take the 400 relay by well over a second. Hill took the 100 with a 12.66-second clocking and won the 200 in 26.09 after running a 25.8 in the preliminaries. Her winning time of 59.48 in the 400 was 3.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Lawrence, Llewellyn and Himmelsbach also had big meets on their own. Lawrence (27.19) and Llewellyn (27.83) placed second and sixth respectively in the 200, and Lawrence was fourth in the long jump at 14-feet, 5-inches.

Himmelsbach was a strong second in both of the hurdle events, running a 17.51 in the 100 highs and a 50.97 in the 300 lows. The sophomore was also eighth in the high jump, clearing 4-4.

Four freshmen, Arianna Hernandez-Jones, Kia MacIntyre, Ashley Martinez and Alaina Hoffman cranked out a second-place finish in the 800 relay. Hernandez-Jones, MacIntyre and Martinez welcomed Angela Anderson on the eighth-place 1,600 relay and Anderson took fifth in the pole vault at 7-6.

Bremerton totaled 85.5 points. Sequim won the meet with 167. Peninsula (116.5), Port Angeles (106), Bremerton, Klahowya (76), Port Townsend (70), Olympic (40) and North Mason (31) followed.

On the boys side, Griffin was involved in two of the tightest races of the meet, including his favorite, the 100.

“I was really pleased with Alex,” said coach Lloyd Pugh. “He was not to be denied.”

Griffin had been a bit flat since dropping a recent match-up in the 100 to Jack Holley of Peninsula, but he came back at the league meet with personal-record times. He jumped out to the early lead in the 100 showcase race, and held on to win by .02 seconds with an

11.08. Holley was second and Olympic’s Brandon Fisher was also under 11.2 in third.

Griffin placed third in the 200 at 22.51, .03 seconds behind Klahowya’s Sam Rucker.

Griffin, Alonzo Harris, Jamaree Wells and Tyler Sechrist placed third in the 400 relay at 44.25, just .02 out of second.

Wells gave the Knights a second-place finish in the triple jump, covering 38-4.5.

Sechrist had a down day in the high jump, but still took third place at 5-10, and he stepped up with Harris, Chris Fleming and Ralph Stembridge for a second place in the 1,600 relay.

John Wittenberg threw 41-11 for third place in the shot put, and Jake Sanders added a fifth in the high jump at 5-4.

Kristopher Jones used a personal record 11-0 to capture sixth in the pole vault. Courtney Stone missed scoring for the Knights, but did qualify for sub-districts in the shot put.

Peninsula won the boys meet with 156.5 points, followed by Olympic (121.5), Port Angeles (89), Sequim (87), Bremerton (57), North Mason (53), Port Townsend (47) and Klahowya (44).

The Knights will next compete at the 3A Olympic League Sub-District, taking place at 2 p.m. today at North Mason High School in Belfair.

The top two 3A competitors in each event will advance to the West Central District III meet.

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