Elmore breaks 1600 record
Jacks advance 10 to championships
Spencer Elmore zoomed around Art Fiker stadium four times last Friday to the tune of 4-minutes, 31.22 seconds.
His effort gave him a new Quincy High School track and field record. Elmore’s time was more than four seconds faster than Todd Wurl’s 1600-meter time from 1987.
Unfortunately, Elmore placed second behind Matthew Schrenk of Selah. So instead of celebrating his record, Elmore was already planning ahead to this week’s District 5/6/7 Championships at West Valley High School in Spokane.
“I’ve got to beat that guy to get to state,” Elmore said. “I wanted to beat him.”
The first lap of the race was on the slow side for his liking. He ran it in 68 seconds, while his normal lap is around 65 seconds.
“I thought we were kind of chilling that first lap,” Elmore said.
So the senior took the lead and pushed the pace. On the final turn of the four-lap race, Schrenk broke Elmore’s stride and took the lead, crossing the finish line in 4:28.34.
Elmore plans to out kick Schrenk on Friday in West Valley. But he needs another big PR to qualify for state, as four Great Northern League runners finished their 1600 runs under 4:25 last week.
“I know I can out kick (Schrenk). I did have him running on the outside lane until the fourth corner,” said Elmore.
According to his coaches, Elmore ran a good race.
“He went out hard, ran his race and got a PR,” said coach Cory Medina.
He will be joined in West Valley by nine teammates: Luis Camacho, Carlos Sanchez, Travis Harris, Victor Salgado, Alberto Tafoya, Samantha Kleyn, Mashayla Schaapman, Joanna Santana and Kaitlin Ramsey. The top 6 advanced to the District 5/6/7 Championships.
Santana placed sixth in the discus with a personal best throw of 95 feet, 11 inches. It was also her first throw of the day. She was told by coach Stephen Wallace she needed to have a 96-foot throw. She fell an inch short, but still had a 4-foot, 2-inch PR.
“My first one was my best one,” Santana said. “I didn’t expect to go. I came in just wanting to PR, so going to regionals is a bonus.
Camacho ran his personal best in the 400 and placed second, while the 4×400 team had a 5-second improvement in a tight finish with Ephrata, Selah and Wapato. They were all less than a half second apart. The Jacks fastest leg came from Sanchez at 51.1 seconds, followed by Camacho at 51.7, Elmore at 52.9 and Harris at 54.4. They crossed the finish line in fourth in a time of 3:30.28.
“They gave their best,” said Medina “That’s all I can ask.”
Tafoya qualified in the discus and shot put. After taking fourth in the shot at 46-8, he popped a 141-0 in the discus on his first throw. The junior scratched the rest of his throws, but still placed first.
“I won by two inches, but a win is a win,” said Tafoya.
Schaapman placed fifth in the shot put at 31-1. It was not her best throw of the year, but she was pleased with her overall performance. She threw a 33-footer a couple weeks ago.
“I am just glad I got a consistent 31 out of six throws,” she said.
Schaapman said she switched her throwing style mid-season and has never looked back.“I glide,” she said. “Half the season I did a rotation. I got my big PR with a glide. That’s why I switched.”
Ramsey’s season was teetering entering her final triple jump attempt. She was sitting one spot out of advancing to West Valley and needed something big to slide in the top-6. She hit her third best jump of the season at 31-10.5.
“She went from seventh to fourth on that last jump,” said coach David Stoddard.
Boys scores: Selah 149, Ellensburg 105, Ephrata 99, East Valley 65, Prosser 64, Quincy 59, Wapato 42, Grandview 42, Othello 24, Toppenish 14.
Quincy (Top-6 advance)
100-7, Sanchez 11.74; 10, Camacho 11.88. 400-2, Camacho 51.34; 6, Sanchez 52.82. 1600-2, Elmore 4:31.22. 3200-1. Salgado 10:10.51. 110H-6, Harris 16.69. 300H-4, Harris 42.02. 1600R-4, Quincy (Harris, Elmore, Sanchez, Camacho) 3:30.28. Shot-4, Tafoya 46-8; 14, Alejandro Munoz 41-7.5. Discus-1. Tafoya 141-0; 14, Diego Hernandez 100-9. TJ-11, Jonathan Santana 38-6.5.
Girls scores: Ellensburg 173, Ephrata 123, Prosser 114, Selah 110, East Valley 50, Wapato 42, Quincy 38, Grandview 24, Toppenish 13, Othello 13.
Quincy (Top-6 advance)
800-8, Carina Camacho 6:07.47. 3200-10, Dezarae Westra 13:27.6. 100H-1. Kleyn 15.81. 300H-1. Kleyn 46.65. Shot-5, Schaapman 31-1; Samantha Schaapman 30-0; 13, Santana 27-7. Discus-6, Santana 95-11. Jav-15, Rasmey 74-3. LJ-4, Kleyn 16-0; 10, Rasmey 14-2.75. TJ-4, Ramsey 31-10.5.
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