Kamiakin girls dominate 3A track meet

Tri-City HeraldMay 19, 2013 

SPOKANE – Ellie Heiden has only been running the 100 meters for half of a season, but she already looks like a natural.

The Kamiakin junior speedster cruised to three individual titles and a relay crown Saturday, helping the Braves once again destroy the field in the team race to capture the title at the Class 3A Eastern Washington Regional meet at Spokane Falls Community College.

“It's definitely a new experience,” Heiden said of the 100. “Everything is a lot faster. My starts are more 200 and 400 starts. When I start the 100, I can see everyone's backs.”

And that is a rare occurrence for Heiden, who rarely loses races and seems to never even trail in them. She won the 100 in 12.33, the 200 in 24.71 and the 400 in 55.26 Saturday. She also anchored the 4x200 to a winning time of 1:40.98.

But it is the 100 that has a novelty right now for Heiden, mainly because she isn't dominant in it - yet.

“Everyone runs the 100 different,” she said. “Some have awesome starts and some finish strong. The end result is who crosses the finish line first, though. What I like about this is I'm not coming in first, so it gives me something to fight for.”

The competition put up little fight against the Kamiakin onslaught. The Braves finished with eight victories, 13 state qualifiers and 230 team points. Southridge was second at 111 points.

Kamiakin's Megan Beauchene won the 800 in 2:15.43, but it her race in the 1,600 was the marquee event of the day.

She stayed on North Central's Katie Knight's hip throughout the race, before taking the lead with 300 meters to go. It was a decision she knew almost immediately was not a good one.

“That's a mistake I've made too many times this year,” she said. “I keep telling myself not too and I do it anyway. I'm impatient.”

Beauchene has only beaten Knight twice and never in the 1,600. To do so at the state meet next week will require a better mental race, because physically she was right there.

“Instead of going a little bit at 300 (meters left), I'd like to explode at 100 or 150,” she said. “(At the time) I was telling myself I shouldn't do it, but then it was like I have to go now. My legs felt good, but when she responded my legs felt tired and I gave up.”

Knight blew past Beauchene at the 150-meter mark and won in a time of 4:46.26, the third fastest in the country this season. Beauchene finished in 4:51.38, a personal best for the junior distance star.

Elisa Grandemange snared the other Kamiakin title on the day, winning the discus with a throw of 139-2.5. For the Braves junior it has been a bit of a roller coaster since her career-best throw of 146-6 on April 20.

“I went down and up, but I'm hoping it will all come back,” she said. “Last year I didn't even place top five, so it's pretty exciting. It's a good feeling.”

Southridge's Michelle Snider was also excited about her day, winning the 100 hurdles title to qualify for state in her second event. She also anchored the winning 4x100 relay Friday.

“My goal this week was basically I didn't want to see her (Kamiakin's Lindsey Schauble) back the entire race, so I had to have a magnificent start,” Snider said. “The whole year I've been able to run without seeing anyone.”

And she did that again this day, winning in 15.45 seconds. Schauble was second in 15.62.

“I went out with a lot of confidence,” Snider said. “I'm realizing all I can is my best, and that was my goal. I'm very happy about it. It'll be a nice addition to the collection.”

Her teammate Brenden Kelly has a pair of medals to add to his career haul as well, after he won the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.

He ran a personal best in the 110s, and then overcame an injury in the middle of the 300s to grab gold.

“On the third hurdle I clipped it and my ankle locked up and it was pretty painful,” he said. “For state I think it'll be better. It was a freak accident, but I really wanted the win really bad.”

Hanford's Aaron Cunningham won his second regional title, throwing 54-7 to grab the shot put crown. He also won the discus Friday.

Class 3A Eastern Washington Regional Championships

Friday-Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College

Top 2 advance to state; *-denotes met state qualifying standard

BOYS

Team scores: 1. North Central, 101; 2. Hanford, 89.4; 3. University, 87.2; 4. Shadle Park, 83.5; 5. Mt. Spokane, 76.5; 6. Southridge, 68.4; 7. Kamiakin, 56; 8. Rogers, 48; 9. Sunnyside, 33; 10. Kennewick, 18

100-1. Darneal Griffin, Rogers, 11.25; 2. Stuart Miner, Kam, 11.34; 3. Ben Kelly, Han, 11.35; 8. Tanner Pope, SR, 11.6. 200-1. Austin Upmeyer, Uni, 22.36; 2. Ben Kelly, Han, 22.54; 6. Tanner Pope, SR, 23.22; 7. Bernaldo Madrigal, Sun, 23.73; 8. Clay Gonzales, SR, 23.93. 400-1. Austin Upmeyer, Uni, 48.9; 2. Clay Gonzales, SR, 49.33; 6. Austin Kitchens, Han, 53.06; 7. Dameon Peters, Han, 53.77; 8. Sergio Lugo, Sun, 54.88. 800-1. Keith Williams, NC, 1:53.58; 2. Daniel Brunner, Uni, 1:53.96; 3. Seth Cook, Han, 1:56.84; 7. Keegan McCormick, Kam, 2:00.51. 1,600-1. Keith Williams, NC, 4:09.36; 2. John Dressel, MS, 4:13.33; 4. Garrett Kraal, Kam, 4:22.65; 5. Keegan McCormick, Kam, 4:23.95. 110H-1. Brenden Kelly, SR, 15.17; 2. Elijah Pena, Sun, 15.65; 3. Parker Floyd, SR, 16.09; 6. Jim Fowler, Kam, 16.42; 7. Devin Nielson, SR, 16.7; 8. Casey Brandon, Kam, 16.71. 300H-1. Brenden Kelly, SR, 38.77; 2. David Blue, NC, 39.1; 5. Jim Fowler, Kam, 40.89; 7. Bodie Simpson, Ken, 41.67; 8. Elijah Pena, Sun, 41.78. 4x400-1. University, 3:22.2; 2. North Central, 3:22.47; 4. Southridge, 3:27.9; 5. Kamiakin, 3:28.79; 6. Hanford, 3:29.8. HJ-1. Eddie Gonzalez, Uni, 6-7; 2. Carson Murray, Rog, 6-5; *3. Cole Jensen, SP, 6-5; 4. Brendan Rexus, Kam, 6-2; 6. Parker Floyd, SR, 6-0. TJ-1. Carson Murray, Rog, 44-9.5; 2. Dane Larson, MS, 42-11.75; 4. Conner Grigg, SR, 41-6.75; 5. Ryan Young, Han, 41-5; 6. Graham Bourque, SR, 41-4.75; 7. Eduardo Salmeron, Sun, 41-1.75; 8. Jordan Reyes, Han, 41-1.5. Shot-1. Aaron Cunningham, Han, 54-7; 2. Dallon Grinder, Han, 49-4.75; 7. Christian Stewart, SR, 46-10.5; 8. Jeff Weyand, Han, 46-6. Jav-1. Carlos Riojas, MS, 174-4; 2. Dylan Tennancour, Ken, 167-9; 3. EricLee Amaro, Sun, 165-0; 6. Christian Candanoza, SR, 157-10.

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Kamiakin, 230; 2. Southridge, 111; 3. Shadle Park, 74; 4. Mt. Spokane, 64; 5. North Central, 63; 6. University, 49; 7. Rogers, 40; 8. Kennewick, 30; 9. Hanford, 25; 10. Sunnyside, 13

100-1. Ellie Heiden, Kam, 12.33; 2. Sofia Pizzillo, SP, 12.72; 3. Bree Lane, SR, 12.94; 5. Mertece Hatchet, SR. 13.13; 6. Samantha Raines, Kam, 13.2; 7. Marissa Berry, SR, 13.55. 200-1. Ellie Heiden, Kam, 24.71; 2. Kyra Brannan, Kam, 24.95; 3. Nicole Edwards, SR, 25.66; 5. Bree Lane, SR. 26.29; 7. Samantha Raines, Kam, 26.66; 8. Jenna Ballandby, Ken, 27.03. 400-1. Ellie Heiden, Kam, 55.26; 2. Ashlee Pedersen, MS, 56.8; 3. Amy Pfaff, Han, 59.62; 6. Jacqueline Ines, Ken, 1:03.6. 800-1. Megan Beauchene, Kam, 2:15.43; 2. Ashlie Standow, Uni, 2:17.07; 3. Emily Moon, Kam, 2:17.57; 5. Amy Pfaff, Han, 2:21.96. 1,600-1. Katie Knight, NC, 4:46.26; 2. Megan Beauchene, Kam, 4:51.38; 3. Michelle Fletcher, Kam, 5:14.75; 5. Leslie Olsen, SR, 5:27.53. 100H-1. Michelle Snider, SR, 15.45; 2. Lindsey Schauble, Kam, 15.62; 5. Heather Donais, Kam, 16.74; 7. Dariann Oaks, Kam, 17.49. 300H-1. Deja Svastisalee, NC, 45.64; 2. Heather Donais, Kam, 47.04; 3. Brittney Broersma, Sun, 47.9; 4. Katelyn McLaughlin, SR, 48.3; 5. Dariann Oaks, Kam, 48.53; 7. Lindsey Schauble, Kam, 49.18. 4x200-1. Kamiakin, 1:40.98; 2. Southridge, 1:43.13; 5. Kennewick, 1:49.52; 7. Hanford, 1:51.4. 4x400 relay-1. Mt. Spokane, 3:57.55; 2. Kamiakin, 3:57.74; 4. Southridge, 4:08.29; 5. Sunnyside, 4:17.06; 6. Kennewick, 4:20.09. PV-1. Courtney Bray, MS, 12-0; 2. Moriah Knowles, Uni, 10-6; 3. Danielle Brandon, Kam, 10-0; 4. Rachel Ensign, Kam, 9-6; 5. Marissa Berry, SR, 9-6; 6. Natalie Cramer, Han, 9-6; 7. Samantha Raines, Kam, 9-0. TJ-1. Megan Murphy, NC, 36-10.5; 2. Amanda Konynenbelt, SP, 36-2.5; 4. Andrea Stapleton, Kam, 34-10.5; 6. Alexandra Upton, SR, 33-10.5; 7. Sira Toure, Kam, 33-8; 8. Katelynn Fullmer, Kam, 33-5.25. Discus-1. Elisa Grandemange, Kam, 139-2.5; 2. Sira Toure, Kam, 122-8; 3. Samantha Lester, Ken, 117-7.5; 6. Panisesi Taimani, Ken, 101-1.5.

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