The Rainier girls track and field team were outpaced for first place at the 2B District IV Championships by half a point.
“There was an actual tie in the high jump for last place, so the Northwest Christian girl got half a point,” said Rainier Coach Josh Frunz. “(For state) the girls have a good shot at doing some damage over there as a team.”
The boys team had a strong showing, placing fifth out of 21 schools. For the boys, Frunz highlighted the efforts of Benjamin Johnson and Jeremiah Nubbe.
“We had some good individual performances out there,” Frunz said. “Jeremiah Nubbe, Ben (Johnson) both won their events. The district championship in the 400 for Ben and the discus for Jeremiah. Both really good performances.”
He also mentioned Brody Klein, who finished second in the pole vault.
As for the girls, Frunz had nothing but good things to say as he listed off a plethora of names.
“All the girls relay teams were outstanding,” he said. “We had good solo performances by Sophie Beadle, Elaina Hansen, Kaeley Schultz, Bella Holmes, all our girl vaulters — Alia Garner had a great showing. We had a couple kids step up and take a couple of those last spots for the vault; Erika DeMint and Anna Champlin. They both came in and got into state.”
Johnson said that he was proud of his performance at districts, but said it felt like a pressure cooker at times, but he turned that pressure in to energy and ran.
Like Jonson, Beadle also won the 400. She agreed that stress can be a factor at competitive meets such as districts.
“It was really nerve-racking because there was a lot of good athletes there, but you just got to do what you do every meet,” she said. “With better competition, you usually perform better. You can hope for PRs and all that.”
All in all, Rainier is sending 16 individual athletes to state at Central Valley High School, with some events having started Thursday, May 23, and the final events wrapping up Saturday, May 25, according to Frunz. The top seven girls in each event qualified for state, as well as the top six boys.
Girls Top Seven
400 Meters: Sophie Beadle, 1:02.08 (PR), placed first.
1600 Meters: Elaina Hanson, 5:33.01, placed fourth.
3200 Meters: Elaina Hanson, 12:27.97, placed third.
100m Hurdles: Brie Klein, 16.84 (PR), placed fourth.
300m Hurdles: Brie Klein, 50.98 (PR), placed fourth.
4x100 Relay: Lorraine Price, Nina Guizzetti, Brie Klein and Sophie Beadle, 53.33, placed third.
4x200 Relay: Lorraine Price, Kaeley Schultz, Brie Klein and Sophie Beadle, 1:53.14, placed sixth.
4x400 Relay: Kaeley Schultz, Selena Niemi, Elaina Hansen and Sophie Beadle, 4:16.63, placed first.
Shot Put: Theresa Geray, 36-00.00 (PR), placed third; and Isabella Holmes 30-08.75, placed fifth.
Discus: Isabella Holmes, 96-06, placed third.
High Jump: Kaeley Schultz, 5-02.00, placed third.
Pole Vault: Alia Garner, 9-00.00, placed second; Anna Champlin, 7-00.00, placed fifth; and Erika DeMint, 6-06.00, placed seventh
Boys Top Six
200 Meters: Benjamin Johnson, 24.16, placed fifth.
400 Meters: Benjamin Johnson, 51.97 (PR), placed first.
Shot Put: Jeremiah Nubbe, 42-07.75, placed fifth.
Discus: Jeremiah Nubbe, 137-02, placed first; Travis Honaker, 108-00, placed sixth.
Long Jump: Brody, Klein, 19-07.00, placed second
Pole Vault: Brody Klein, 19-07.00, placed second.