Castle Rock track athletes pose in front of the athletic facilities at Eastern Washington University where the 1A and 2B WIAA Track & Field Championships were hosted. In the photo is (from left to right) Glenn Cervantes, Zak Akesson, Drew Brodie, Brandon Tomlin, Jacob Wilbur. In the front row is Joe Merrill and Talib Meeks. Contributed Photo.
Local athletes were invited to travel to Cheney for the WIAA State Track & Field Championships this last weekend. Only Winlock's Chance Fisher and Castle Rock's Zac Akesson managed to place, but the state meet experience will leave an imprint on all of the local participants.
"I didn't do as good as I wanted but it was a lot of fun and a great experience," said Castle Rock senior Joe Merrill, who placed 14th in the discus with throws well off his personal best. "It's something I'll never forget and a memory that I can cherish."
Winlock junior Sarah Howsden also fell short of recent performances in the javelin, but she too has a positive outlook.
"It was a lot of fun,” she said. “I did enjoy the state experience and I am planning on going again next year and doing better."
Toledo junior Daniel Echtle is very upbeat about his performance, placing 10th in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a time 42.60. That marks his fastest time ever in the event.
“State was a fun and interesting experience. I'm glad I made it," said Echtle. "Most of my family made it there with me and it was nice to have the support. I'm looking forward to going back next year and doing better."
One guy that won't have the option of going net year is Winlock senior Chance Fisher. He repeated his 4th place performance from last year with a jump of 6'0" and brought home a nice shiny medal.
Another senior and medal winner was the busiest local athlete of all. Zac Akesson took 8th place in the long jump with a leap of 19'9.5". In addition, he placed 9th in the 100 meters and ran a leg on a 4 X 100 relay team with Brandon Tomlin, Drew Broadie and Talib Meeks that ran a very respectable time of 44.73, but failed to get into the finals.
"I believe my performances at state this year were fairly good," said Akesson. "I ran and jumped as far as I possibly could, but I could have done better and prepared better and I'm especially proud of my relay team. It was a blast. I love my teammates like brothers and I could not have asked for a better group of guys to participate with."
Winlock’s Chance Fisher stands on the award stand with the other placers at the WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday. Fisher is in the second row next to the WIAA logo. Contributed Photo.