This Weekend in Track April 28 & 29
Nike Jesuit Twilight Relays – April 28
Jesuit High School – Portland Oregon
Watch the meet HERE
Jesuit High School hosts their annual Nike Twilight Relays which brings athletes from all over the Pacific Northwest.
One Mile Elite
Skyline (WA) teammates Anna Callahan and Rebecca O’Keefe ran the mile earlier this month in Arcadia with positive results and will headline the women’s elite one mile. Other athletes who will compete with Callahan and O’Keefe include Barrett Justema of Summit, Lauren Ayers of Tualatin and Emma Bennet of Jesuit. At last year’s men’s elite mile, twelve men broke 4:10. Is it possible for a repeat performance this year? Crater’s Tyrone Gorze and Josiah Tostenson and Wes Shipsey of Central Catholic return from last year’s sub 4:10 field. Tyler Sainsbury of Rocky Mountain (ID), Carter Cutting of Wilsonville, Bishop Blanchet duo Will Schneider and Vincent Recupero, Zack Munson of Sehome, Cruize Corvin of Lakes, Owen Powell of Mercer Island and Weston Brown and Nathan Neil of Bozeman are all athletes who can win this race. We need to mention Will Helsam who has won the mile at Arcadia and the 800 at the Oregon Relays.
Another featured distance race is the 3200 and Keira Saavedra of Lincoln, who qualified for NXN last December, is one of the favorites. Sydney Collier of Skyline, Liliana Hudnut and Maggie Bennett of Jesuit, Sabine Kim of Tigard, Paige Wiley of Sunset and Sally Roos of Eastlake are other challengers in the 3200-meters. Landon Heemeyer of Rocky Mountain (ID), Alex Garcia-Silver of Marshfield, Gus Clevenger of Jesuit, Antony Giesch of Newberg and Jack Meier of West Salem are some of the favorites in the boy’s 3200-meter.
One of the highlights of the Twilight Relays are the distance relays. In the girls 4x800 Rocky Mountain, Camas and Jesuit are the tough seeds. Roosevelt’s team includes Will Heslam and Mountainside and Camas are other top seeds in the boy’s 4x800. In the girl’s DMR, Jesuit, Summit, Tahoma, Lincoln and Tigard are teams to watch. In the boy’s DMR, Tahoma, Jesuit, Rocky Mountain, Tualatin and Ida B Wells are some of the top teams.
Look for the photo gallery of distance events after the meet.
Shoreline Invitational – April 29, 2023
Shoreline Stadium – Shoreline, WA
As the season winds down, Shoreline Invitational offers athletes great competition to get those personal bests. Here are distance event athletes who could shine on Friday.
Katherine Yahn of Issaquah leads the girl’s 800-meter field with Isabela Alvarado of Eisenhower, Sena Pittman of Issaquah and Molly MGeoy of Shorewood pushing the pace. Wesley Sluys of Squalicum and Connor Hom of Eastlake have both run 1:55 this year in the 800. Connor’s brother Justin Hom, Will Schneider of Bishop Blanchet and Kellen Langford will make this a deep race.
The girls to watch in the Elite 1600 are Amelia Stevens of Shorewood, Mary Jane Harig of Issaquah, Mairin O’Brien of Bainbridge, Hailey Cossey of Mt Si and Jaina Kang of Credo Christian (BC). The top seeds in the boy’s Elite 1600 include Drew Oliver and Vincent Recupero of Bishop Blanchet (Recupero is also in the elite mile at Jesuit on Friday), Noah Louwerse of Credo Christian (BC), Luke Schmidt of Shorecrest, McCoy Brooks of Enumclaw and Jack Henzke of Seattle Prep.
Freshman Kalea Hill of Bellevue leads the elite girl’s 3200-meter field. Madeline McKenna of Stadium, Katherine Yahn of Issaquah, Sophia Bazzi of Holy Names Academy, Madison Griffith of Arlington and Natalie Roberts of Kamiak are also contenders. The boy’s elite 3200 field has a number of athletes who can win the race including Evan Cheney Enumclaw, Carter Joy of Seattle Prep, Johnny DiMartino of Bishop Blanchet, Tyler Nielson of Squalicum and Nic Davila of Seattle Prep.
In the girl’s DMR teams to watch include Bishop Blanchet, Redmond, Shorewood and Issaquah. Some of the top teams in the boy’s DMR include Arlington, Lakes, Issaquah, Bishop Blanchet and Lakes.
Look for a photo gallery of the races after the meet!