Forks at Pacific League meet
By Pierre LaBossiere
Olympic Peninsula News Group
The Forks boys track and field boys team dominated the throwing events at the Pacific League 2B championships held this weekend.
Forks’ Nate Dahlgren won the shot put with a distance of 41 feet, 6 inches, while Walker Rondeau won the javelin at 128-5.
In fact, the Spartans had the top three finishes in the javelin, with all three boys going on to district in the event. Klaton Helvey came in second at 120-2 and Dahlgren was third at 119-10. All the throws were personal bests.
Sloan Tumaua finished second in the discus at 131-3 and will be moving on to district, as well.
Also winning was the Spartans’ 4×100 relay team (Ryan Anderson, Helvey, Grady Earls and Ashton Doyle) in a time of 46.70. Doyle also finished second 200 meters in a time of 23.78 and third in the 100 meters (11.73) to make district in both events. The forks 4×400 team of Helvey, Anderson, Earls and Doyle was second in 3:46.24, making district.
Spartan Kevin Camacho finished fourth in the 3,200 (12:09.41) and fifth in the 1,600 (5:29.47), qualifying for district in both events.
The Forks boys finished fourth out of eight teams with 96 points. North Beach won the league title with 152 points.
The Forks girls 4×200 relay team (Leslie Hernandez-Beltran, Miley Blanton, Emery Damron and Candida-Rose Sandoval) won in a time of 2:00.06.
That was the only winner for the Spartans girls, but they will likewise send a number of competitors to district.
Sandoval was second in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 56.43 and Damron was third at 57.64. Both girls will move on to district. LillyAnn Crowell was second in the high jump at 4-8 for an automatic bid.
The 4×100 team (Hernandez-Beltran, Myra Luong, Damron, Sandoval) was third at 58.06, making district and Hernandez-Beltran was third in the 200 meters (29.85).
Forks was third in the 4×400 (Sandoval, Blanton, Damron, Crowell) at 4:48.72 to make district. Peyton Johnson was third in the javelin (89-7) and Janessa Ramos was fourth (87-9), both going to district.
Blanton was third in the long jump (14-5) and finally, Ramos’ fifth-place finish in the shot put (25-9½) was good enough for district qualification.
Overall, the Forks girls finished third with 101 points. North Beach won with 140.