Warrior tracksters sprint, hurl, fly toward state

Kreifels lone golfer moving

to state.

SEATTLE — The King’s West Warrior track and field team just can’t stop improving. Already sending five athletes to the 2B state championships, scheduled for May 23-24 in Cheney, KW had another opportunity yesterday at the second day of the SeaKing District 3A/2B meet to add to that total.

“We’re not done yet,” coach and KW athletic director Dan Dittmer said Thursday, between competition days.

With eight athletes in action Wednesday, and five advancing to state, the Warriors will have quite a representation come next weekend’s meet in Cheney.

“It was really great,” Dittmer said of seeing so much success at districts. “I was very pleased with how they performed.”

Headlining Wednesday’s score sheet, junior Irene Moore launched herself 7 feet 6 inches in the pole vault, tying the school record and winning the event, while Carlie Rouse took home the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 29.82 seconds. Both Moore and Rouse qualified for state with their district titles.

In other girls action Lakiesha Nilles, a javelin expert, took fourth in the discus. She also threw yesterday in the javelin, seeking a berth to state. Results of yesterday’s finals were unavailable at press time.

Michelle Webster also qualified for state for King’s West, finishing third in the long jump (14-6).

“This is districts. It’s always tough,” Dittmer said of the competition.” (But) we have a few (athletes) that have been there before.”

On the boys side, Chase Estes came out of nowhere to earn a state bid, finishing second in the triple jump at 37-11.75.

“That’s about as close to 38 feet as you can get,” Dittmer said of Estes’ jump.

Drew McCullough also joined the party with third-place finish in the javelin, good for state. McCullough hurled the jav 151-3.

Jeff Mitchell and Jordan Cooper posted solid efforts for the Warriors as well, earning fourth- and fifth-place finishes respectively.

The KW girls took the team total on day one, compiling 33 points on the day to edge Seattle Lutheran (26) and Life Christian (21).

The boys finished second in the team results on 23 points after the opening day of competition, close behind Mount Rainier Lutheran’s 27.

KW Boys Golf

King’s West freshman Josh Kreifels is making the most of his high school golf debut.

One of three golfers along side senior Dustin Henry and junior Brian Pace to sport the Warriors’ colors on the links, Kreifels placed 21st at the 2B/1B Boys Tri-District Golf Tournament on May 7. The top 22 golfers advanced on to the WIAA 2B State Boys Golf Tournament, held at Lake Padden Golf Course in Bellingham Tuesday and Wednesday.

At districts, held at Gallery Golf Course at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Kreifels shot a 49 and 47 for a 96 score overall to earn 21st place. Pace also competed at districts, placing 28th after shooting two 50 rounds for a 100 total score.

Both golfers finished higher than they were seeded. Kreifels entered as the 36th seed while Pace was the 29th.

— Sports editor Aaron Managhan contributed to this report.

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