The Twin Harbors area was well represented at the Chehalis Activators Invitational meet at WF West High School on Saturday.
Mary M. Knight’s Kaylee Sowle won four events and Elma’s girls and Hoquiam’s boys teams placed third overall at the invitational portion of the meet on Saturday.
Sowle took first in the 100 meters, the high jump, long jump and the triple jump on Saturday. The Owls senior edged North Beach speedster Lorin Cox at the line of the 100 meter final, winning with a time of 12.91 to Cox’s 12.97.
Sowle won the high jump with a mark of five feet, six inches, two inches better than Raymond freshman Kyra Gardner, who placed second.
Sowle rounded out her day with wins in the long jump (16-06.50) and triple jump (36-03.00), the latter being a personal-best mark.
Hoquiam freshman thrower Tyara Straka won the discus with a personal-best throw of 121 feet, 10 inches, beating Aberdeen’s Patricia Bates, who placed second with a throw of 109-02.
Straka also won the shot put with a heave of 42-04.75.
Local athletes swept the girls throwing events when Taholah’s Denise Curley Bear recorded a personal best in the javelin with a toss of 112-02. Ocosta’s Kylee Poirier (107-03) and Hoquiam’s Taylor Strom (102-10) placed second and third, respectively.
Elma’s Jillian Bieker won the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 15.79. Bieker also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and anchored Elma’s victorious 4×200 relay team (Jayla Mason, Tatiana Freeman, Maddi Clark, Bieker) that finished with a time of 1:49.16.
Elma’s girls placed third as a team at the invitational with 64 points, one point behind second place Rainier.
In the competition for a boys team title, two 1A Evergreen rivals placed in the top five to pace Twin Harbors teams.
Led by event wins from Antonio Garcia (110m hurdles, 15.25) and Caleb Larsen (shot put, 46-11.50), Hoquiam’s boys team placed third overall with 54 points, two behind second-place Adna.
Matt Brown and Jonah Doll also earned some key points for Hoquiam. Brown placed second in the discus (133-10) and third in the javelin with a PR throw of 160-05. Doll had a PR mark in the long jump (20-04.00) to finish third in the long jump.
Elma placed third in the team standings, two points behind the Grizzlies. The Eagles were led by Cody Vollan, who recorded PR times in both the 200 (22.95, 2nd) and the 400 (50.14, 1st).
Elma’s Ben Bridge contributed some points with a second-place finish behind Larsen in the shot put, recording a season-best mark of 46-06.25.
Elma also got points from its relay teams. The Eagles 4×100 relay team of Jaedyn Edenstrom, Ray Billerback, Tucker Simpkins and Vollan placed third with a time of 44.77. Elma’s 4×400 relay team (Billerback, Edenstrom, Simpkins, Vollan) also placed third, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:35.52.
Other local athletes to place in the top three were Taholah’s JauVon James-Juneau, who took first in the javelin with a PR throw of 185-08.
North Beach’s Marcus Pope placed second behind James-Juneau with a mark of 162-01, also a personal best.
Pope’s teammate, Isaiah Richards, placed third in the pole vault with a PR of 12-06.00.
Pe Ell’s Braeden McAllister placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 43.19.
Elma 2, Montesano 0
Elma put itself in contention for a 1A Evergreen League title with a 2-0 victory over Montesano on Friday at Davis Field in Elma.
The Eagles (7-5-1 overall, 6-3 Evergreen 1A) broke a scoreless tie in the 55th minute when Aiden Sayres-Hartman received a hard cross from Lenny Feldhoff and scored from point-blank range to give Elma the 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, the Eagles Canon Seaberg worked the ball inside and found midfielder Manny Hernandez, who played the ball to Sayres-Hartman in the deep corner of the field.
Sayres-Hartman sent a cross through the penalty area to the far post, where Feldhoff received the pass and made a shot toward the far side of the goal to give Elma the 2-0 cushion.
Elma’s defense was able to hold on despite multiple Montesano scoring chances.
“We really allowed Monte to play more of the style they wanted,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “We made some tactical changes and were able to play wider and get behind them defensively.”
Monte (7-6, 7-2) had three scoring chances in the first half, including a free kick opportunity that was shot over the crossbar.
“We had three really good opportunities in the first half,” Montesano head coach Rick Denholm said. “We just didn’t finish them.”
The win was a critical one for Elma, which came into the game two games behind Monte for second place in the league standings.
“This (win) kind of closes the gap a little bit,” Coach Seaberg said.
Elma takes on Raymond-South Bend at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Raymond.
Monte will look to rebound from Monday’s loss when it hosts first-place Forks at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. That game ended too late for this edition.
Elma 2, Hoquiam 0
First-half goals from Manny Hernandez and Cannon Seaburg was enough to give Elma the edge in a 2-0 victory over Hoquiam on Tuesday in Elma.
Elma (5-5-1, 4-3 Evergreen 1A) picked up its first tally in the 20th minute when Rodrigo Luna crossed the ball into Hernandez, who finished the play by tucking the ball inside the near post.
The Eagles struck again in the 28th minute when Luna crossed the ball into Hernandez again. Hernandez took a touch on the ball and was taken down in the box, which drew a penalty.
Seaburg took the penalty kick and placed to the right of Hoquiam keeper Jonny Smith to give Elma the 2-0 lead.
Elma head coach Carson Seaburg said his top forwards have all been performing at a high level this season.
“Rodrigo a difference maker for us. When he’s involved in plays he’s making goal scoring opportunities,” he said. “Luna, Hernandez and Cannon are all playing well off of each other. They all do something a little different, which is really great.”
Hoquiam (6-5, 5-2) had a chance to cut into the lead later in the first half. Hoquiam took a shot that got past Elma keeper AJ Hernandez, but the goal was saved by Jace Poston who cleared the ball over the endline with a leaping kick.
With the loss, Hoquiam now sits in third place in the 1A Evergreen League, a full game behind first-place Montesano.