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By JOHN McCALLUM
Managing Editor 

Blackhawk girls down Clarkston in GNL track and field

 

Grace Pohl

Cheney's Alsatta Bakana was first in the 400 in 59.11 at last week's GNL meet.

The Cheney High School girls track and field team had little difficulty in extending their Great Northern League mark to 2-0 with a convincing 108-34 win over visiting Clarkston on Wednesday, March 28. The Blackhawks took first in 15 of 18 events.

Cheney dominated the 200- and 400-meter events, capturing the first five spots in the latter and the first six in the former. Maddie Warren led the way in the 200 with a new personal record of 27.97 seconds for first while Alsatta Bakana was first in the 400 in 59.11. Alexis Miller won the 100 in 13.52.

Hannah Spakousky set a new season record of 6:00.98 to win the 1,600 and senior Evarosa Perry turned in a new PR of 13:31.87 to capture first in the 3,200. Stephanie Assonken was first in the 100 hurdles with Kaitren Fisher first in the 300 hurdles.

Cheney swept all three relay events.

Taishae Wallace used a season-best of 33 feet, 1 inch to win the shot put, and a season best of 89-03 for second in the discus. Bakana won the high jump, Sophia Van Wormer was first in the pole vault while Assonken was first in the triple jump.

Friday, the Blackhawks traveled north to the annual Riverside Invitational at Riverside High School, finishing third with 89 points. Lakeside was second with 101 and Mt. Spokane took the meet title trophy with 119.5 points.

Bakana led Cheney with three individual first-place finishes. The senior set season-best marks to win the 200 (25.16), the 400 (58.40) and the high jump (5-06). She also teamed with Jaela Thornberg, Jolene Whiteley and Megan Habegger to win the 4x400 relay in 4:13.89.

Whiteley set a new season record of 2:28.66 for second in the 800, while Fisher set a new PR of 50:90 for third in the 300 hurdles. Van Wormer went 10-06 for second in the pole vault.

Other top-10 finishes on the track went to Miller in the 100 and 200 (fifth and seventh), Thornberg in the 400 (ninth), Perry in the 1,600 (eighth, SR:6:03.39) and Spakousky in the 3,200 (ninth). Fisher, Hannah Davis, Mackenzie Huotari and Assonken went 6-7-8-9 in the 100 hurdles.

In the field, Holsten was fourth in the shot put and Assonken 10th in the long jump.

Cheney is off this week, and resumes competition April 11 with a GNL dual meet at West Valley.

John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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