The Elma Eagles had a banner day Saturday at the Rainier Icebreaker Invitational.
Elma’s girls team placed first with while the boys team took second at an event that featured hundreds of competitors and 20 teams.
“Obviously, we had an amazing day,” Elma head coach Bryan Schneider said. “There were many times that were at or better than what we ran last May.”
Elma was led by Cody Vollan and Jillian Bieker, who were named boys and girls athletes of the meet, respectively.
Vollan ran an impressive 51.47 seconds to win the boys 400 meters by more than two seconds over South Bend’s Preston Lawhead (53.87). The junior then went out and anchored Elma’s victorious boys 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay teams.
“Cody has put in a lot of extra work and is 20 pound heavier, yet much faster,” Schneider said. “He ran three 400’s at this meet. Not many athletes could do that but he is special.”
The 4×400 team of Ray Billerback, Jaedyn Edenstrom, Tucker Simpkins and Vollan ran a 3 minutes, 26.28 seconds, breaking the meet record by four seconds and is just two seconds off last season’s team that competed at the state meet.
Edenstrom also picked up a win for the Eagles, claiming the top spot in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.41.
Bieker swept both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles races as well as placing first in the long jump (15-11.00).
“Jill ran a flawless 100 hurdles (16.25) that was just off her personal-record time and a 47.99 in 300, which is smoking for this time of year,” Schneider said.
Elma’s girls won the medley relay and placed second and third, respectively, in the 4×400 and 4×100 relays.
“We have amazing leadership and work ethic this year and I’m very excited,” Schneider said. “It’s March and I’m blown away by the times so far.”
Elma’s boys team placed second with 64 points, four points better than third place Montesano. Eisenhower won the boys team title with 82 points.
The Eagles girls team edged White River for the team championship, 85-82.