Local Athletes Shine at Massive Chehalis Activators Classic at W.F. West


Following the open portion of the Chehalis Activators Classic taking place Friday, with hundreds of athletes competing at W.F. West High School, the invitational portion of the event — featuring hundreds of more track athletes — took place all afternoon Saturday in Chehalis. 

The highest local teams that placed during the overcast, but dry, day was W.F. West, with the girls team finishing fourth and the boys finishing second. 

Lynden boys and girls teams both took home first. 

On the girls side, Rochester finished seventh, and Napavine and Rainier finished tied for ninth, and on the boys side Tumwater finished fourth behind W.F. West’s second, Napavine finished fifth, Rainier finished eighth, Onalaska finished ninth, and Rochester rounded out the top ten. 

On the track, several local boys had strong days, running in dry conditions for the first time in weeks. 

Napavine’s Max O’Neill took home a win in the 100-meter dash, winning by almost two hundredths of a second in 11.45. Rochester’s Ashton Rodriguez finished third in 11.68, Winlock’s Payton Sickles finished fourth in 11.75, and W.F. West’s Declan McDonald finished sixth in 11.85 to round out local placers. 

O’Neill doubled down and won the 200-meter dash as well in a personal best time of 23.17, the second-fastest 200 time in Class 2B this season. Sickles of Winlock finished third (23.64), and Tumwater’s David Malroy finished fourth in 23.83. 

More 2B runners had a good day in the 400m, with Morton-White Pass’ Tony Belgiorno finishing fifth in 54.05 and Onalaska’s Isaac Fitch finishing sixth in 54.20 to find the podium. 

Onalaska’s Ben Russon finished fourth as the only local boy to place in the 800m run in 2:09.31, but Adna’s Jordan Stout (4:33.19), Rochester’s Gunnar Morgan (4:37.76), and Centralia’s Devin Harrison (4:45.00) went three, four, five in the 1600m. 

That trio came back to place in the 3200m as well, with Stout finishing second in 10:19.63, Morgan finishing third in 10:24.88, and Harrison finishing fifth in 10:28.00. 

A couple of locals had some strong hurdle runs as well on the boys side, with Carter Phelps of Pe Ell taking second in the 110m hurdles (16.46), Tenino’s Carson Schall finishing third with a personal best (16.62), W.F. West’s Emmett Imboden finishing fourth (17.42), and Tumwater’s Reid Crumley finishing sixth (17.85). 

Phelps also finished second in the 300m hurdles in 42.54, a PR, and Schall finished fourth with a PR run of 43.77. 

On the field, Liam Wall took home a win for Black Hills in the shot put with a 45 foot, 10.25 inch toss. Napavine’s Colin Shields finished second (43 feet, 10.5 inches), O’Neill finished fourth (42 feet, 7.75 inches), and Rainier’s Matthew Kenney finished sixth (42 feet, 6 inches). 

W.F. West’s Caleb Busse won the discus with a personal best throw of 143 feet, 9 inches, with Wall taking third (136 feet, 2 inches), Kenney taking fourth (136 feet), Onalaska’s Justice Miller finishing fifth (125 feet, 2 inches), and Ony’s Rylan McGraw finishing sixth (123 feet, 9 inches). 

Rainier’s Zander Peck finished third in the javelin (153 feet, 2 inches), W.F. West’s Lucas Hoff finished fourth (143 feet, 1 inch), and Shields of Napavine finished fifth (139 feet, 7 inches) to round out the throwing events for locals. 

In jumps, Brian Anouma edged teammate Hoff to finish second in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 10 inches, with Hoff clearing the same height but taking third due to a tiebreaker. Tumwater’s Aaron Paul finished fifth (5 feet, 8 inches) and Rainier’s Josh Meldrum finished sixth (5 feet, 8 inches). 

Hoff also took second in the pole vault with a 12 foot clearance, with Tumwater’s Kylar Carlson taking third (11 feet), and W.F. West’s Elijah Announen finishing sixth (10 feet). 

Tumwater’s Paul also won the long jump with a 21 foot, 5 inch personal best, with Belgiorno of MWP finishing second (20 feet), and Anouma finishing third (19 feet, 9.5 inches). 

Finally, Rainier’s Chase MacFarland won the triple jump with a 43 foot, 2 inch season best, with Tumwater’s Paul finishing third (41 feet, 0.5 inches), and Malroy finishing fourth (39 feet, 2 inches). 

On to the girls, Rainier’s Acacia Murphy was the top placer in the 100-meter dash, finishing third in 13.27. Napavine’s Morgan Hamilton finished fifth in 13.54. 

Napavine’s Maddie Dickinson was the top local placer in the 200m, running a personal best 28.09 to finish fifth. Hamilton battled back in the 400 to win the event with a two-second personal best, running a 1:02.75 as the only local placer in that event. 

Ony’s short distance pair of Brooklyn Sandridge (2:35.31) and Melissa Reiman (2:35.60) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 800-meter run. In the 1600, W.F. West’s Wyatt Rogerson finished third (5:58.13), Reiman finished fourth (6:04.60), and Tumwater’s Rachel Zahn finished fifth (6:16.78). Rounding out the distance races, Tumwater’s Jesse Brumbaugh finished second in the 3200m in 13:38.40, Tenino’s Brynn Williams finished third (14:17.41), and MWP’s Ayricka Hughes finished fifth (14:26.66). 

In hurdles, Pe Ell’s Charlie Carper finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles (18.21) and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (52.20), just behind Emily Mallonee, who finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.10. 

On the field, Rochester’s Emily Weddle won the shot put (34 feet, 9.5 inches), ahead of Trinity Tafoya of Tenino, who finished fourth (33 feet, 1 inch), and Kennedy Imsland of Black Hills, who finished sixth (29 feet, 5.5 inches) with teammate Carmen Williams. 

Adna’s Lillian Boyd took home a win in the discus with an 105 foot, 6 inch toss, and Rochester’s Weddle finished second (103 feet, 11 inches). Imsland finished third (103 feet, 4 inches), and Williams finished fourth (95 feet, 11 inches). 

Rounding out the throws, W.F. West’s Amanda Bennett won the javelin (123 feet, 6 inches), W.F. West’s Morgan Rogerson finished third (104 feet, 2 inches), Centralia’s Alayna Mcgregor finished fourth (98 feet, 9 inches), Adna’s Lydia Tobin finished fifth (96 feet, 10 inches), and W.F. West’s Grace Simpson finished sixth (94 feet, 11 inches). 

Rainier’s Acacia Murphy made another appearance on the field, clearing a personal best height in the high jump to finish first (5 feet, 4 inches), with Keira O’Neill of Napavine finishing fifth (4 feet, 10 inches). 

Onalaska’s Kelsi Haas finished second in the pole vault (9 feet), ahead of third-place finisher Ella Marvin of Rainier (8 feet, 6 inches). Tumwater’s Kaila Fisher was the final local placer of the afternoon, finishing third in the triple jump (31 feet, 8 inches).