TRACK AND FIELD
Twenty-two Hornet track and field athletes earned the right to compete in the upcoming West Central District meet.
District competition takes place May 16-18 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The district-bound Hornets earned their trip by virtue of Top 10 finishes during the North Puget Sound League meet.
Heading to ECD competition, and the events they qualified in, are:
Boys: Carson Christensen, 100 meters, long jump, triple jump, 4×100 relay; Anthony Russell, 400 meters, long jump, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay; Royal Snyder, 400 meters, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay; Dominic Deady, 1600 and 3200 meters; Jacob Dickson, 1600 meters; Sam Lingwall, 1600 and 3200 meters; Bryson Engebretsen, 110-meter hurdles, pole vault, 4×400 relay; Kale Engebretsen, 300-meter hurdles, 4×400 relay; Ricky Portillo, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay; Ethan Eilertson, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay; Dawson Harding, 4×100 relay; and Jack Morse, high jump.
Girls: Mia Ammons, 400 meters, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay; Kayla Carlson, 400 meters, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay; Johanna Brown, 400 meters, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay; Addie Neu, 800 meters, 1600 meters; Payton Roberson 800 meters; Natasha Puzon, 1600 meters, 3200 meters; Kristen Dickson, 3200 meters; Ellie DeGroot, 300-meter hurdles, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay; Gracie Neu, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay; and Juliana Brown, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay.
From the district meet, the top seven in each event will advance to Star Track, the state championships. That meet is slated for May 23-25 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
The Hornet girls are headed to the West Central District softball tournament, the final stop before the state championships.
The EHS squad had qualified for WCD play by splitting a pair of May 9 games in the North Puget Sound League 4A tournament. Enumclaw opened with an 8-3 victory over Kentridge before falling 13-1 to Auburn Riverside.
The opening day split brought a May 10 game against Todd Beamer; both had qualified for district play and the game was for seeding purposes only. The Titans escaped with a 9-8 victory, taking the No. 7 seed while Enumclaw settled for the No. 9 berth.
With that No. 9 entry, the Hornets were forced into a play-in game against the Curtis High crew. That game was played at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Auburn Mountainview High School.
While the loser is retired for the season, the winner heads into May 17 district play against the Tahoma Bears. The 4:30 p.m. contest will be played at the Kent Service Clubs Ballfields.
Win or lose, the Hornets would play a second game on the 17th.
The Hornet duo of Emily Miller and Emma McKeighen are still alive, having qualified for the upcoming West Central/Southwest District tournament.
The EHS seniors will enter tourney play as a No. 4 seed and will compete May 16-18 at the Boeing Tennis Center in Kent. The double-elimination tournament will determine district entries into the May 24-25 state Class 4A tourney in the Tri-Cities.
The final two games of the season proved disastrous for the Hornets, who were eliminated from the West Central/Southwest District tournament.
With bats and balls stowed away until next year, the EHS squad will reflect on a season featured a winning record in both North Puget Sound League 4A play (8-6) and overall (12-11).
District games at Art Wright Field in Kent started with a 10-0 loss to Federal Way on May 7. The Hornet bats were silenced all day by the Eagles’ Tyler Hoeft who tossed a no-hitter.