Hanford’s Gelston wins discus event at prestigious Arcadia Invitational
For the first time in three years, the Pasco Invite will be held this Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium.
This will be the 59th edition of this event which started in 1962.
“At the time, my dad (Emerson Morgan) and Ron Wells decided they wanted to put out an invite,” said John Morgan, a longtime Pasco coach and administrator who is now the assistant meet manager. “So John Crawford took it to another level. »
Recently, the meet was canceled due to the COVID outbreak in 2020. And it did not take place in 2021 because schools held track meets on a smaller, more local scale due to the persistent pandemic.
“But during this period (led by meet manager Rick Redden), we continued to have group meetings on the invitation,” Morgan said. “It’s going to be an exciting day. We spent so much time working on it.
Morgan says meet officials are again expecting big numbers: 146 teams and more than 1,100 athletes.
“We also have the most volunteers we’ve ever had, with 186,” Morgan said. “It allows people to work in teams. The community has just been awesome. A lot of people are starting to go out to do things, because Covid has started to slow down. »
The meet is dedicated to two longtime volunteers in Grace Bell and Mitch Madison. And this year’s Invite Hall of Fame inductees are Kamiakin graduate Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush and Ellensburg graduate Ja’Warren Hooker.
Saturday’s game starts at 9 a.m. and ends after 6 p.m.
I’ll write later this week with some of the region’s top athletes – and Northwest stars – competing at the Pasco Invite.
But before that happens, we need to recap what a few local stars did at the Arcadia Invitational last weekend in Southern California.
It is one of the most prestigious track and field events held on the West Coast, if not the entire country.
And Hanford High School senior Katelynn Gelston made the biggest mark in our area.
Gelston – who will compete next year in the Oregon State University women’s track and field throwing team – ended up winning the women’s discus throw invitation.
She shot Saucer 156-0 feet, placing among 18 competitors.
It also gives Gelston the sixth highest grade nationwide among high school athletes.
Gelston also competed in the women’s invitational shot put, placing sixth out of 18 athletes with a mark of 40-foot-7. Kennedy Clarke of San Diego Catholic Cathedral won the event with a 44-6.5 draw.
Meanwhile, Kamiakin’s two senior boys who stood out – Isaac Teeples and Grayson Wilcott – had the opportunity to run in different 3200 meter events.
Teeples, who committed to Brigham Young University to run both cross country and track, placed 16th (out of 31 competitors) at the Men’s 3200 Invitational.
Teeples crossed the finish line in 8 minutes and 55.97 seconds. . Colin Sahlman of Newberry Park High in Thousand Oaks, Calif., won the race in 8:34.99.
Wilcott ran a time of 9:05.32 in the men’s 3,200-seeded event, earning him a 25th-place finish out of 57 runners. Rocky Hansen of Christ School in North Carolina won the race in 8:51.60.
Wilcott is committed to running this fall for Washington State University.
Spring RPI Rankings Are Out
The WIAA released its scoring percentage index for baseball, men’s soccer and softball last week.
It’s still early days, but it at least gives teams an idea of where they stand against the rest of the state. Also, before we know it, the playoffs will be here in a few weeks. The State Tournament Ranking Committees will use these final rankings to create the tournament fields.
Here is an overview of each sport, the best team in each ranking and all the teams in our region if they are in the top third of their ranking:
- Class 4A (51 schools): 1. Camas (6-0 record); 10. Kamiakine (10-4); 12. Richland (9-2).
- Class 3A (79): 1. Seattle West (13-0); 3. Kennewick (11-1); 17. Southridge (9-3).
- Class 2A (61): 1. WF West-Chehalis (9-1); 20. Othello (8-5).
- Class 1A (51): 1. Cedar Park Christian-Bothell (11-1); 7. College Place (7-1); 9. Kings (6-1).
- Class 2B (50): 1. Brewster (9-0); 7. Tri-Cities preparation (8-2); 16. Goalkeeper (3-3).
- Class 1B (38): 1. Wilbur-Creston-Keller (6-0); 2. DeSales (10-0); 7. Christian liberty (2-2).
- Class 4A (51): 1. Bellarmine Prep (6-1); 2. Pasco (9-0); 13. Chiawana (7-2); 15. Richland (7-2).
- Class 3A (79): 1. Lincoln-Seattle (9-0).
- Class 2A (62). 1. Columbia River (8-0); 13. Othello (8-3-1).
- Class 1A (73): 1. Toppenish (7-1-2); 5. Connell (8-0-1); 7. Wahluke (7-1-2); 20. Royal (5-4-1).
Quick softball preparation
- Class 4A (51): 1. Jackson-Mill Creek (9-0); 11. Kamiakine (6-4); 14. Richland (7-2).
- Class 3A (77): 1. Everett (7-0); 2. Walla Walla (9-0); 15. Hermiston (8-2).
- Class 2A (61): 1. Olympic (7-0); 6. Othello (10-0).
- Class 1A (43): 1. Mount Baker (10-0); 6. Royal (5-0); 7. Kiona-Benton (8-2).
- Class 2B (50): 1. Asotine (10-0); 5. Mabton (4-0); 7. Goalkeeper (7-1); 12. Columbia-Burbank (6-4); 14. View of the river (8-2).
- Class 1B (31): 1. Almira Coulee Hartline (8-0); 2. Christian Liberty (9-2); 3. DeSales (5-4)
WIAA Hall of Fame
ASIO will induct two classes into its Hall of Fame on May 4 at the Pavillion Renton Center.
Among those in the classes will be Walla Walla’s Drew Bledsoe, whose rocket arm at quarterback for the Blue Devils took him to college football star status at Washington State University. .
Bledsoe also shone in the NFL, where he played for the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Moses Lake product BJ Garbe was a standout high school baseball player who was drafted early in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
Garbe was never able to make the majors, but he was a standout player in the minor leagues.
Tickets are $20 at the event and can be purchased on the ASIO site.
Jeff Morrow is a former sports editor for the Tri-City Herald.