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Big successes coming early for tracksters

4:36 pm March 22nd, 2013

It didn’t take long for Eatonville High School’s track and field team to put a stamp on the 2013 season.
Lucas Hatton set a school record in the boys shot put at 52 feet 1 inch in a non-scoring jamboree March 11. He backed up that winning performance with a victory in the discus, too.
And as a team, the Cruisers’ boys and girls won their Nisqually League debuts in a four-way meet against Bellevue Christian, Life Christian and Vashon.
That was one of three competitions in a busy first week of the season for Eatonville. Here are the highlights:
• In the Icebreaker Invitational at Rainier last Saturday, Hatton won the shot put with an effort of 51 feet 3 inches. He also finished second in the discus at 131 feet 7 inches. Teammates Jeff Patterson placed second in the 300 hurdles in 43.67 seconds, Joe Evans finished second in the long jump at 18 feet 7 inches and third in the triple jump at 38-1, and Zach Fairhart was third in the javelin at 153 feet 9 inches.
On the girls’ side, Machaela Graddy won the 400-meter race in 1:03. Daisy Newman was second in the shot put with a mark of 32 feet 7 inches.
• In the leaague meet that was staged at Wright March 21, boys’ event winners included Ron Roberts in the 3,200 (11:49), Patterson in the 300 hurdles (43.85), Hatton in the shot put (51-3) and discus (148-8), Logan Moose in the high jump (5 feet 6 inches) and long jump (19-2), Kamin Banks in the pole vault (9-6), Joe Evans in the triple jump (37-2), and the 4×100 relay (46.9 by Ryan Fran, George Tomal, Levi Vinson and Moose) and the 4×400 relayers (3:59.54 by Derick Bell, Fairhart, Patterson and Roberts).
Girls’ winners included Graddy (400 meters in 1:04.43), Emma Vuksich (1,600 in 5:53.81), Rhoda Boettcher (3,200 in 13:13), Nicole Brankline (300 hurdles in 60 seconds), Newman in the shot put and javelin (35-2, 84-6), Rebecca Pederson in the pole vault (6 feet), and the 4×100 relay team (54.37 by Alexa Graddy, Braileee Vandenboom, Mia Snyder and Alex Phillips) and the 4×400 relay (4:46 by Madison Tobin, Graddy, Brankline and Isabell Pooley.

Eatonville freshman Brailee Vandenboom, here running a hurdles race, won the 100-meter dash in a non-scoring high school track meet March 11. (Tony Sirgedas/The Dispatch)

Eatonville freshman Brailee Vandenboom, here running a hurdles race, won the 100-meter dash in a non-scoring high school track meet March 11. (Tony Sirgedas/The Dispatch)

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