By GEORGE KUNKE
Raymond's boys easily won a four-team track meet at Ocosta, while the Lady Seagulls finished two points behind the winning host team to finish second. four schools hooked up at the Wildcats' Westport facility last Thursday. Taholah was third in the boys' meet and Mary M. Knight was third in the girls' meet.
"Thursday's meet at Ocosta was a small affair that was essentially a dual meet with Ocosta," Raymond HS Head Track and Field Coach Mike Tully told the Herald. "It was good to be back closer to full strength teamwise. The boys team was able to pull away and win easily, while the girls team was narrowly defeated by a good Ocosta team.
"The top highlight of the day was the boys 4 by 400 team of Alex Vaca, Elliott Murdock, James Hamilton, and Hunter Borden running to a state 2B leading time of 3:39.9," Tully informed.
"Hunter Borden and Jayce Freeman both ran to season-best times in the 300 hurdles to first and second-place finishes respectively," Tully said. "Alan Phansisay tossed a personal best of 114-6 to win the discus.
"For the girls, Hannah Dykes and Aiysha Garcia continued their consistent performances this season with Hannah taking the horizontal jumps and Aiysha taking the shot put," Tully added. "Patricia Rojas was a double winner in the 100 hurdles and pole vault."
Also for the Seagulls, Rayce Newman won the 100 meters, and Elliott Murdock was second. Newman also won the 200 sprint. Vaca won the 800 by more than 7 seconds, and ran away from the field in the 1600. Freeman won the 110 hurdles with a time of :17.08.
The Gulls also won the 400 relay with Alex Sida, Murdock, Borden and Newman. Their time was :46.30.
Hamilton tied for first in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 5 inches. Pedro Villegas was third at 38, 2 1/2 and Alan Phansisay placed fourth at 37-2. Villegas was also second in the discus.
Kason Koski finished second in the high jump at 5-8 - two inches off first place.
Jordan Reidt won the pole vault for the Gulls at 9-6.
Also for the Lady Seagulls, Dykes was second in the 100 meters, and Aubrey Boyes ran third in the 200 meters. Rojas finished second in the 300 low hurdles. Garcia was also second in the javelin and third in the discus. Cydney Flemetis placed second in the long jump, second in the triple jump and third in the jav.
The Lady Gulls were first in two of the three relays. Rojas, Mikayla Collins, Cydney Flemetis and Dykes turned in a :55.77 in the 400, and Collins, Boyes, Abril Silva and Gabby Oatfield turned in a 2:09 to win the 800.
Raymond travels to Naselle on Thursday, and Coach Tully said, “I'm hoping to take a few to Shelton on Saturday.” The Gulls head to Ilwaco Tuesday and have a home meet Thursday, May 8.