The Pasco Invitational always seems to feature high level competition, while also allowing teams on the western side of the Cascades a change to escape the spring rains.   Once again this year’s edition saw some very solid times in numerous track events as well as field marks.   Karen Bulger of Northwest Christian – Lacey probably had the mark of the day with her brilliant toss of 161-05 in the Javelin.  Wednesday Walton of Post Falls, Idaho also had a solid day with her victory in the 300 Meter Low Hurdles with 44.95, where she topped Reagan Colyer of North Kitsap (45.32) & Alysha Overland of Moses Lake (45.48).   Wednesday also blistered the 100H in 14.98 but unfortunately accomplished that in the prelims before placing second behind Rachel O’Neill of Auburn Riverside, who ran 15.16 to Walton’s 15.41.   Ellie Heiden of Kamiakin was a double winner with triumphs in the 200 (25.36) & the 400 Meters (57.18).   Janessa Day of Cheney ran a fine 58.59 to garner second.

     The girls’ Mile saw American Junior National Cross Country team member Katie Knight of North Central best a fine field with a clocking of 4:52.80.  Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin earned second with 4:54, while Chandler Olson of Woodinville was third in 4:55.   Rose Christen of Central Kitsap came in fourth with 5:02 & was followed in turn by Lila Klopfenstein of Meridian (5:07), Lily Engelbrekt of Blanchet (5:08) & Sanne Holland of (5:09), who secured positions five through seven respectively.   McKall Skay of West Valley – Spokane, Brigid Bester of Central Valley & Hazel Carr of The Northwest School in Seattle rounded out the top ten.     Megan Beauchene was able to turn the tables on Knight in the 800 Meter Run with her time of 2:15.55, which gave her a bit less than a two second margin in that event.  Stephanie Spiekerman of Bishop Blanchet was right on Knight’s heels with her mark of 2:17.15, while Ashlie Standow of University & Kara Story of Coeur d’Alene  got up  for 4th & 5th, while Lauren Perry of Richland ran 2:19 to take sixth.

      Lindsey Bradley of Richland ran away from the field to claim the 3200 Meters in 11:07.   Gracie Ledwith (11:24) of Lewis & Clark and Dylan Hite of Jesuit (11:26) secured the next two places.   Josie Brown of CDA ran 11:31 to take 4th and Sofia Marikis of Lakeside came in fifth (11:35).    Kara Story won the 1600 Meters with 5:11 to top Michelle Fletcher (5:13) of Kamiakin & Brittany Aquino of East Valley – Spokane, who ran 5:14.

        Courtney Hutchinson of Mead won the Shot Put handily with a heave of 45-05, while Karen Bulger edged Sabrina Keys of North Central 40-05 to 40-02.   Elisa Grandemange of Kamiakin threw 130-05 to score in the Discus, while Elisha Alfred of East Valley nipped Samantha Lester of Kennewick with both topping 123.    Jordan Ward of Lakeland & Harley McBride of Auburn Riverside both jumped 5-06 but Ward got the win.   Andrea Stapleton of Kamiakin placed third with 5-04.  Kira Perkins of Curtis edged Nhautrey Brown of Garfield  37-09 to 37-07 to earn laurels in the Triple Jump.   Not to be overlooked was the usual brilliance of Kennadi Bouyer, who won the Long Jump with 18-10 and the 100 Meter Dash with 12.08.  Although Kennadi won the Dash handily she was pushed in the LJ by Brandi Williams of Auburn Riverside, who was right behind with 18-09.   The Portland Jesuit team of Dylan Hite, Zani Moore, Lindsay Sheaffer & Ellie Kalgren swept the Distance Medley with a time of 12:43 to top Coeur d’Alene, which ran 12:58.

      Keith Williams of North Central was the best of a stellar field in the Boys Mile with his time of 14:15.46 but he only crossed the line .41 seconds ahead of Carter Osborne of Shorecrest.   Andrew Gardner, who represented the US in the World Junior XC Championships this year stepped down to place third with 4:16.   Daniel Amann of Deer park (4:18) & Sumner Goodwin of Lewis & Clark (4:19) claimed 4th & 5th.  Patrick McDermott of Ingraham & Jamie Coughlin of Garfield finished in the next two spots.

     David Steele of Capital (Idaho) annexed the 1600 Meters with 4:18.  Joshua Sealand of Jesuit earned second with 4:20 edging Cameron Stanish of Garfield by a second.   Garrett Kraal of Kamiakin placed fourth with 4:23 & Kyler Little of Lake City was a second behind in fifth.  Fans witnessed a tight finish in the guys’ 800 Meter Run with Mason Fletcher of Puyallup getting the nod over Carter Osborne with each running versions of 1:54.   Dallas Snider of W F West edged Aaron Schlossman of Garfield with both running 1:55.   Daniel Brunner of University also was timed in 1:55 while Keith Williams came back to take 6th here with 1:57.

        The 3200 Meters saw a battle of sophomores with Tanner Anderson of North Central crossing the line first in a solid 9:10.  Foot Locker finalist John Dressel of Mt. Spokane earned second with a fine 9:18.  Stephen Bottoms of Onalaska (9:24) & Sean Eustis of Washougal (9:26) took the next two places, while Paul Ryan, yet another soph, took fifth with 9:27.   Michael Williams of Richland & Nick Hauger of Shadle Park managed finishes of 6th & 7th.

     Isaiah Brandt-Sims of Wenatchee swept the sprints with times of 10.74 & 21.94, as he continues his dominant season as a junior. Daniel Zmuda of Steilacoom was also a double winner after scoring in both hurdles event s with marks of 14.3` & 37.59.   Craig Allen of North mason ran the second best time in the state for the season with his 37.66.   Times were brisk for this time in the season as the top four finishers all broke fifty seconds.  Leading the way was Gabriel Barrett-Jackson of Garfield, who edged Jonathan Green of Ephrata by a hundredth of a second with 49.26.  Michael Thomas of Central Kitsap (49.31) & Austin Upmeyer of University (49.65) also got under the barrier while Pasco’s Christian Young just missed.  

       Field event action evidenced Cody O’Connell’s victory in the Shot Put with 58-04.75 for Wenatchee, which is the #3 mark in the state. Damon Unland of Joel Ferris topped the field in the Discus with 176-11 and Zack Knudson of Central Kitsap scored in the Javelin with 187-07.   Carson Murray of Rogers cleared 6-07 in the High Jump to edge Eddie Gonzalez of University.   Murray came back in the Triple Jump to nip Isaiah Trout of Ferris 44-06 to 44-05.   Trento Osborn of Eastmont battled his team mate Brian Burt in the Long Jump coming away the victor 23-04.50 to 22-05.75 with Payton Radliff of Richland taking third with 22-01.   Pole Vault action had four competitors clear fourteen with Steven Beck of Post Falls securing the victory with 14-06.   There was a tie for second & third between Blasé Neumann of Mead & Pierce Frazier of Interlake, while Cameron Law of Moses Lake also cleared 14-00 but got fourth on misses.