Panther boys top Spartans; Spartan girls go the distance

Both the Bonney Lake and Sumner boys track teams were undefeated heading into their April 7 meet. The Panthers stayed on top of the league, coming away with a 93-52 win.

Panther Bennett Hillier pulls ahead of Spartan Connor Wedington during the 200-meter sprint at the April 7 meet at Sunset Chev Stadium.

Both the Bonney Lake and Sumner boys track teams were undefeated heading into their April 7 meet. The Panthers stayed on top of the league, coming away with a 93-52 win.

Bonney Lake coach Andy Foster said junior athlete Cody Miller – who set a school record of 14.74 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles during a March 24 meet against Peninsula High – was just behind his top time against Sumner at 14.84.

“(The) 110 is his better event, and he does the 300s as well,” Foster said. “He’s our record holder and he just reset his record.”

Foster said Austin Schweyen is another athlete to watch for. In 2015, Schweyen held the season record for the pole vault at 13 feet. This year, Schweyen matched his personal best at the Kent-Meridian Invite on March 26 and a new personal best in the long jump, sailing 18 feet at the March 17 meet with Enumclaw.

Even though the Spartans lost their first meet of the year, coach Maurice Dudley said his team is doing excellent.

The coach point to senior Josh Riley as the team’s prime star.

At the April 7 meet, Riley took second and set a personal best in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.24. Riley also took first in the high jump, clearing 6 feet and took first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.53 seconds, another personal best.

Riley has accepted a scholarship to Montana State University.

Kolby Nikolaisen is another athlete Dudley said to keep an eye on. Nikolaisen cleared 14 feet in the pole vault at the Kent-Meridian Invite on March 26.

Girls track

The Sumner girls beat Bonney Lake 92-57, bringing the Spartans to a 2-1 record, with the Panthers at a 0-2-1.

Sumner girls coach Kristin Chapman said this year’s track team is filled with a lot of young girls, but they have depth in almost every event.

Junior Rhaven Dean is one of the Spartan’s top athletes.

“She’ll be able to choose her school,” Chapman said. “She’s good. She’s at least Top 10 in any event she does.”

Dean recently set a new personal record for the shot put, throwing 38 feet at the March 26 Kent-Meridian Invite. She also set a school record against Bonney Lake in the javelin, placing first with 139 feet. Dean also placed second in the long jump, covering 16 feet.

Chapman also highlighted junior Jordan Thompson, who has signed to play soccer at Gonzaga when she graduates.

Thompson placed first in the 200 meters against the Panthers, setting a new personal best of 25.91 seconds. She also placed first at the triple jump at 36 feet, another personal best, and took first at the long jump with 16 feet.

On the Panthers’ side, Foster named senior Samantha Boudreau as a top-notch thrower.

Boudreau’s personal best at the shot put is 43 feet, set during the March 17 meet against Enumclaw, where she also set a new personal best in the discus at 123 feet. She came in second in the shot put last year at the Class 3A state meet.

Against the Spartans, Bourdreau took first in both the shot put and discus.

Alexandria Wetteland was also mentioned, although this was her first meet of the season.

Wetteland placed second at the 100 meters, third in the 200 and helped the Panthers take first and second in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, respectively.

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