Tumwater wins 22 total events in league meet domination


Both the Thunderbirds’ boys and girls teams each won 11 events as they continued to flex their muscles in a Class 2A league meet that featured Black Hills and W.F. West on Wednesday in Chehalis.

Malijah Tucker, a recent Washington State football commit, uncorked a throw of 51 feet, 9 inches that won him the shot put, but also vaulted him to sixth amongst 2A in the event. The junior won the event by nearly three feet.

Cash Short and David Malory had a hand in three wins for Tumwater. Short won the open 100 in 11.57 seconds and ran legs on its winning 400 and 1,600-meter relays. Malory, also on the 400 relay, claimed the open 200 and long jump.

The Thunderbirds swept the mid-distance and distance events while Reid Crumley (300 hurdles) and Jack Gibbons (triple jump) also secured wins.

W.F. West’s Lucas Hoff tied his season-best in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-06 to win and also won the high jump. Caleb Busse triumphed in the discus and Emmett Imboden won the 110 hurdles. Black Hills’ Ezra Harris won the javelin.

On the girls side, W.F. West’s Amanda Bennett heaved the javelin 118-11 to triumph in the event and take over as the leader in all of 2A. The Bearcats junior’s throw is nearly two feet better than the second farthest throw.

Bennett also kicked off the winning 800 relay while Emily Mallonee swept the hurdles. Ashlen Gruginski (1,600) and Shelby Hazlett (pole vault) also picked up wins.

Ashlyn Hufana, Reese Heryford and Cassidy Hedin paced the Tumwater contingent with three wins each. They were on the 400 and 1,600 relay victories and each won an individual event. Hufana was one of four T-Birds athletes that won on the field while Lily Morgan (800) and Jesse Brumbaugh (3,200) won distance races.

Black Hills’ Lia Crecelius claimed the triple jump.