Ridgefield’s Nick Jenkins, Trey Knight and Kyle Radosevich owned the night in Washougal Friday.
Jenkins broke two school records by leaping 22 feet, 6 inches in the long jump and galloping 48 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump to clinch first place in both events. The Ridgefield High School junior also tied for third place in the high jump by clearing 6-2.
“That’s why I do track,” Jenkins said afterward. “I just don’t do it because I’m good at it but I actually have fun, too.”
Knight continued his conquests in the discus and shot put events. The Ridgefield High School junior threw the shot put 15 feet further than the rest of the field and won with a mark of 62-4. Knight also left his competition in the dust with the discus. His final throw traveled 184 feet, 10 inches from the ring.
“It feels good to end on the best throw,” Knight said. “I think there’s more there.”
Knight’s sophomore season ended in spectacular fashion when he captured the state shot put, discus and hammer championship in a three-day span. Gatorade took notice and named Knight the 2017-18 Gatorade Washington Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
“It was pretty exciting,” said the 16-year-old. “A lot of pressure not to lose. Can’t have that.”
Knight has thrown his favorite toys into uncharted territory. He tossed the hammer 254 feet a few weeks ago, the discus 187-6 at state in 2018, and the shot put 63-5.5 earlier this season.
Knight has the longest shot put throw of the season in the Class 2A. Othello’s Jacob McGourin leads Knight by 4 feet in the discus.
“He’s a little ahead,” Knight said. “That’s always a good motivation. I don’t want to lose.”
Radosevich tested his endurance Friday by running the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races for the first time this season and winning both of them. The Ridgefield High School senior set a new personal best time of 4 minutes, 30.66 seconds in the 1,600. A few hours later, he coasted to victory in the 3,200 and crossed the finish line in 9:41.05.
“I proved that I could double and stay consistent,” Radosevich said. “My training is going really well right now. Just hoping to make it happen at the end of the season.”
Radosevich looks forward to running for Gonzaga University in the fall. In the meantime, he hopes to earn the opportunity to compete in the 1,600 and the 3,200 at state.
“Every race is fast on the track,” Radosevich said. “ (I) give everything I got. Couple more races and then onto college.”
Three-sport Beavers soar
His coaches predicted it, but Alex Bishop didn’t believe it until he stared down the high jump bar set at 6 feet, 8 inches and sailed over it to break a 10-year-old school record at Woodland High School.
“I looked up and was like, ‘that’s way up there,’” Bishop said. “Amazing. I never thought I would be able to do that.”
The senior took a couple stabs at clearing 6-9 but didn’t have any energy left in his legs.
“Don’t look at the bar,” he said, “because I would psych myself out by how high it is instead of just jumping.”
After a breakthrough year for the Beavers on the football field and the basketball court, Bishop signed a letter of intent to the University of Jamestown a few weeks ago.
“It’s awesome,” said Tyler Flanagan, Bishop’s teammate in all three sports. “We’ve been friends since we were little. It’s pretty special.”
Flanagan signed on to play football for Central Washington University. He said it wouldn’t have been possible without the speed and flexibility he gained from track and field as well as the support from his coaches in all three sports.
Flanagan had a field day Friday. He won the 110 hurdles in 15.42 seconds, the 300 hurdles in 40.15 seconds and earned second place in the javelin with a toss of 150-6.
“It’s just a fun time going up against local athletes and seeing what you’re made of,” Flanagan said.
Nicole Guthrie, another three-sport athlete for Woodland, made her mark Friday by winning the high jump. The junior cleared 5-5 for the first time since she was in eighth grade, but she is still an inch away from the school record.
“I still felt like I had some jump left in me,” Guthrie said. “Whenever I get to 5-6, I think it’s just kind of a mental thing. I think I can get it. It’s just going to take some little tweaks and a lot of mental toughness.”
Guthrie also competes for the Beavers in volleyball and basketball. Track and field help her reach new heights in the gym.
“Vertical is definitely a big thing in basketball and volleyball,” Guthrie said. “Just constantly working on jumping higher helps me in everything.”