Evergreen Storm reigns at Pacific Northwest meet

Top five at the next meet advance to nationals, in Florida

Eighteen Camas and Washougal athletes from the Evergreen Storm Track Club finished in the top eight at the Pacific Northwest Association Championship meet June 26 through 28, at Chief Sealth High School, in Seattle.

“This was the most successful association meet we’ve ever had,” said first year head coach Scott Timmons. “We had the most champions, and we had the most athletes advancing in events across the board. When you look at it as a whole, it’s pretty impressive.”

Camas runner Rachel Blair captured championship medals in three events in the 13- to 14-year-old girls division. She finished first in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 19.87 seconds. She also won the 1,500 (4:48.33) and the 3,000 (10:22.61).

Washougal runner Gabe Dinnel gained three medals in the 13-14 boys division. Dinnel, Mason Gross, Griffin Martinez and Shun Yamaguchi clinched first place in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:30.11. Dinnel also took second place in the 3,000 (9:32.58) and fourth place in the 1,500 (4:32.86). Gross claimed sixth place in the 400 (56.94) and the 800 (2:20.39).

Camas runner Ariya Briscoe won the 13-14 boys 800 run with a time of 2:14.37. William Sun claimed first place in the 15-16 boys 400 hurdles in 1:07.97. He also finished fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.48). Lucy George earned first place in the 13-14 girls javelin with a throw of 74 feet, 1 inch. She also took fifth in the high jump (4-7) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (17.82).

Blake Derringer grabbed second place in the 13-14 boys 100 (12.16), 200 (24.25) and 400 (55.07). Aurora Chaney earned second place in the girls 11-12 100 (13.14), 200 (26.54) and long jump (15-0.5). Kyan Thompson took second place in the 11-12 boys high jump (4-9).

Emily Pickard Sprinkle placed third in the 15-16 girls javelin (93-3). Grant Gray grabbed third place in the 15-16 boys 3,000 (10:00.60). Ryan Stuck ranked third in the 9-10 boys triathlon with 114 points.

Cade Greseth snagged third place in the 17-18 boys 800 (1:58.45) and fourth place in the 400 (51.44). Nkem Aduka took third place in the 17-18 girls shot put (33-7.5) and fourth place in the discus (104-11). Tyler Dinh finished fourth in the 11-12 boys 1,500 (5:16.93) and eighth in the 800 (2:38.92).

Jackson Wilson claimed sixth in the 13-14 boys discus (84-8) and Kaira Briscoe grabbed sixth in the 13-14 girls 400 (1:03.58). Olivia Dinnel earned eighth in the 11-12 girls 800 (2:45.89) and 1,500 (5:38.97).

All of these athletes will compete at the Junior Olympic Region 13 championship meet Thursday through Sunday, at Jesuit High School, in Beaverton, Oregon.

The top five individuals and relay teams at region qualify for nationals July 27 through Aug. 2, in Jacksonville, Florida.