Peninsula edges Enumclaw in league meet

Down a man, Seahawks’ relay team still takes first

Staff writerApril 30, 2014 

Despite being down a man, the Peninsula 4x100 relay team still took first against Enumclaw last Thursday.

JON MANLEY/GATEWAY PHOTO

The Peninsula track team had a strong showing Thursday afternoon against the visiting Enumclaw Hornets.

The Seahawks excelled in a variety of areas, including continuing their impressive season in the men’s 4x100 relay. Despite missing one of their four relay regulars — junior Sam Andrews — the Seahawks still claimed the top spot at the meet. Ian Hodge filled the vacant spot to join sophomore Kyle Olson-Urbon, senior O’Shea McLaughlin and Donovan Rommel. They posted a time of 44.4 seconds.

“Right now, we’re not even full strength,” Olson-Urbon said. “For us to run that time in this weather with the team that we have is pretty good.”

Olson-Urbon also took second in the 100-meters at 11.4 seconds and first in the 200-meters with a time of 23.2. Peninsula junior Conner Walch took first in the 100-meters, notching a time of 11.1, while McLaughlin took third. Despite posting second in the 100-meters, Olson-Urbon said he wasn’t feeling 100 percent during the race.

“I felt a little tight, I think I lifted wrong yesterday,” he said. “I used a lot of legs yesterday in the lifts so (my) legs are kind of sore. But other than that, it’s a good race.”

Sophomore Dominic Lauer dominated the competition in the 1,600-meters, finishing at 4 minutes, 44.2 seconds, and took second in the 800-meters. Sophomore Gage Gafford took first in the 800-meters, edging Lauer by about three seconds. Junior Austin Kilcup finished first in javelin, Donovan Rommel took first in the long jump and senior Will Hopkins took first in the triple jump.

On the girls side, junior Megan Eberhardt took first in the 400-meters at 1:02.5 seconds. Junior Sarah Manning, also a cross-country runner, took first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:33.7. Junior Michala Zilkey continued her phenomenal season with the discus, taking first with a distance of 136 feet, 6 inches.

The Seahawks are feeling confident at this point in the season as they prepare to enter the final stretch.

“I’d say we’re further than we should be right now,” Olson-Urbon said. “Coming into the season, there were a few doubts. The girls team is putting in work, there’s questions there, but they’re doing work and having a good season so far.”

Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 jon.manley@gateline.com Twitter: @gateway_jon

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