The White River High track and field crew traveled Thursday to nearby Fife High, where five teams gathered for an afternoon of competition.
In the end, it was the host Trojans sitting atop the field. Fife bested four other schools on the boys side, scoring 221 team points to outdistance second-place White River, which finished with 66.5. Bellevue Christian placed third, followed by River Ridge and Seattle Christian.
On the girls side, Fife won with 146.5 points, followed by White River’s 120.5. Bellevue Christian was third and River Ridge wound up fourth.
In boys competition, the Hornets’ Joel Slominski ran well in the distance events. He placed second in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:46.94 and was third at 1600 meters, clocking a 5:08.89.
Earning second-place honors was the 4×100 relay team of Thomas Cox, Braedan Clay, Ty Marshall and Grant Swettenam. In the 4×400 relay, White River was third, with Cameron Jones joining Marshall, Cox and Swettenam.
In throwing events, White River’s Chaise Weingard was second in the javelin, third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Christopher Farrer was second in the discus.
The Hornets piled up points by sweeping the pole vault. The trio of Doug Neighbors, Charlie Pratt and Blake Leahy all cleared 8 feet, 6 inches to tie for top honors.
For the Hornet girls Taylor Schmidtke, Hannah Swettenam and Camryn Berryhill all ran to first-place finishes. Schmidtke won the 800 meters with a time of 2:51.51, Swettenam led the way in the 3200 meters with a time of 13:21.90 and Berryhill was tops at 1600 meters, finishing at 6:02.24.
Also among the event winners was Paidon Froemke, tops in the javelin with a toss of 98 feet, 10 inches.
Placing second for White River were Chloe Mitchell in the 400 meters, Makayla Melcher in the 300-meter hurdles and J’Kira Wolbrecht in the long jump.
Taking third were Claire Lowe at 1600 meters and in the long jump; Tori Goodrich, 3200 meters; Wolbrecht, 100 meters; Tori Schmidtke, 200 meters; Alexis White, discus; Kajsa Holland-Goon, pole vault; and Sam Fiedler, triple jump.
White River was strong in the relay events, winning the 4×400 behind the group of Melcher, Taylor Schmidtke, Tori Schmidtke and Emma Robbins. The Hornets placed second in the other relays, with Hannah McGinnes, Robbins, Mitchell and Chloe Anastasi winning the 4×100 and Tori Schmidtke joining Mitchell, Anastasi and Robbins to win the 4×200.