In the second year of the Podium in Spokane, Washington, athletes competed for an early season test that included college and high school athletes.
Spokane Indoor Challenge
Boise State’s MaLeigha Menegatti won the 800 in 2:05.70 which placed that early season mark in the top five in the nation. Idaho’s Lorenz Herrmann, the favorite in the race after an all-American finish last season, won the 800 in 1:50.01. High school athlete Wes Shipsey of Central Catholic mixed it up with the college athletes by running 1:52.77.
Kristen Garcia of Gonzaga won the women’s mile in 5:01.11 and her teammate Anna Grabowski won her heat in 5:01.54. Tommy O’Neil of Gonzaga, who won the 800 Oregon State Meet last spring, won the men’s mile in 4:24.83.
Katharina Goetschl of Academy of Art helped anchor her team to the distance medley win on Friday night and then returned Saturday to win the 3000 in 10:03.55. Gonzaga’s Wil Smith and Yacine Guermali led the 3000-meter race with Smith coming home in a time of 8:06.60. Zack Munson of Sehome High School ran with the college athletes and finished at 8:31.49.
Spokane Indoor Challenge Photos are HERE
Spokane HS Invitational
On Sunday afternoon, Charlotte Cullen, a junior from Mead High School, won the 800 in a time of 2:20.25 with Oregon State commit, Ruby Lorenz of Sentinel (MT) finishing second in 2:22.62. Ben Sonneland of Mt. Spokane showed patience in the 800 by gradually moving up at each lap to run a 28.6 second last lap and won in 1:57.20.
Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura showed alternated with 35 and 36 second 200 laps in the mile to win in 4:47.55. Evan Bruce of Lewis and Clark High School ran a sixty second finishing 400 to win the boy’s mile in 4:23.93.
In the 3000-meter race, competed on Saturday night, Logan Hofstee of East Valley continued her momentum from a successful fall cross country season and won her race in 10:13.16. Newberg’s Anthony Giesch edged Emerald Ridge’s Conner Wirth in an exciting last 200 of the 3000. Giesch finished at 8:52.43 and Wirth took second in 8:52.69.
Spokane HS Invitational 800 and Mile photos are HERE
Spokane HS Invitational 3000 photos are HERE