ARLINGTON — After hoisting a pair of trophies, the Arlington track and field teams huddled together and belted out a celebratory chant while jumping up and down on the gold “A” at the center of their home field.
The Eagles swept the boys and girls team titles in convincing fashion at the two-day Wesco 3A North track and field championship meet, which concluded Friday evening at Arlington High School.
The Arlington boys cruised to the league title with 199 points, finishing 74 points ahead of the next-closest team despite an injury to star thrower Gabriel Green. The Eagles won the girls title with 168.5 points.
“It’s pretty unreal,” Arlington coach Judd Hunter said. “We unfortunately had our best thrower get injured in practice this week, but our guys just stepped up and battled through. It’s probably one of the best boys teams I’ve had in a long time. I’m excited to see how the next couple of weeks go.”
The Eagles won 10 of the 30 individual events and two of the five relay races.
Arlington senior Campbell Hudson swept the boys hurdles races, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.95 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.25 seconds.
Arlington sophomore Julia Parra also claimed a pair of individual league titles, posting winning marks of 40 feet, 8.5 inches in the girls shot put and 120 feet in the discus.
Arlington junior Marine Wassmer, a French foreign-exchange student who took up the hurdles just this season, cruised to victory in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 45.22 seconds. That ranked second in the state’s 3A classification as of Friday evening.
The Arlington girls also claimed titles in the 4×200 and 4×400 relay races.
Everett’s Ross-Rutter, Snohomish’s Nichols sweep jumping events
After competing in just two meets last year, Elijah Ross-Rutter is making the most of his senior season.
The 6-foot-4 Everett star claimed three individual league titles, winning all three jumping events.
The highlight of the meet for Ross-Rutter came in the triple jump, where he soared to a winning mark of 46 feet, 8.5 inches.
As of Friday evening, that was the top-ranked mark in the state’s 3A classification this season and the state’s third-best mark regardless of classification. It also was more than a foot longer than Ross-Rutter’s previous personal best, which came in last month’s Eason Invitational.
Ross-Rutter also cleared 6-2 to win the high jump and posted a winning mark of 21-9.75 in the long jump.
“I’ve got to give most of my credit to (jumps) coach Isaiah Marshall,” Ross-Rutter said. “He’s a really good coach. He competed professionally (and) he just knows what he’s talking about. We have in-depth conversations about what we have to do and how we have to get our mind right to be able to perform.”
Snohomish freshman Bree Nichols swept the jumping events on the girls side.
Nichols posted winning marks of 5-4 in the high jump, 36-6 in the triple jump and 17-5.75 in the long jump. All three marks ranked among the top 10 in the state’s 3A classification as of Friday evening.
Other multi-event winners
Marysville Pilchuck junior Trina Davis won the girls 100 meters (12.54 seconds) and 200 meters (25.97 seconds). She also helped the Tomahawks to a 4×100 relay victory.
Snohomish junior Tyler Massena claimed titles in the boys 100 meters (11.22 seconds) and 200 meters (22.60 seconds).
Snohomish junior Nick McIver won the boys 800 meters (1 minute, 59.03 seconds) and 1,600 meters (4:30.87).