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KW gets starts track season on right foot

King’s West freshman Irene Moore, competing in the long jump Wednesday at the Central Kitsap Invitational, will have a chance to make an impact as both a sprinter and jumper, KW coach Dan Dittmer said.  - Photo by Aaron Managhan
King’s West freshman Irene Moore, competing in the long jump Wednesday at the Central Kitsap Invitational, will have a chance to make an impact as both a sprinter and jumper, KW coach Dan Dittmer said.
— image credit: Photo by Aaron Managhan

King’s West might be fielding a small track and field squad again this year, but that doesn’t mean the little B school won’t pack a punch.

With a talented core of returning throwers and pole vaulters anchoring a team loaded with leadership, KW coach Dan Dittmer said he’s very much looking forward to the new season.

“I’m really excited,” Dittmer said after KW competed in Wednesday’s Central Kitsap Invitational. “It’s nice to get the spikes and uni on and get back out on the track. It was a lot of fun.”

Despite inconsistent rain and a bout with hail, the CK Invite went off without a hitch at Silverdale Stadium, as King’s West was able to start getting a feel for its strengths.

Returning are school record-holders Bryan Anderson (discus), Andrew Vodder (shot put), Chloe Mosey (discus) and Michelle Webster (shot put). Also back are pole vaulters Blake Waggner, Nick Webster and Caitlin Kramer, all of whom participated at the state tournament in the spring despite the fact that King’s West did not add pole vaulting until May of last year.

While Anderson is hurt right now (he’ll also miss time with a Ukraine mission trip), Dittmer said his absence shouldn’t hurt the throwers. Rather, it strengthens them, as Vodder filled in with a new personal record throw in the discus Wednesday.

“That was pretty good,” Dittmer said of the duo, who are the first four-year throwers for KW. “I was very pleased with that. (Vodder) and Bryan are really neat kids in and out of the classroom.”

Mosey, who helped lead the King’s West girls, also has high expectations for the season.

“We’re looking for big things from Chloe,” Dittmer said, adding that she’s working on a specific strength training

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