Hoskie ends year with strong showing at championships; ends sophomore season as one of the regions top 400 meter runners

RITZVILLE - In what would be his final race of the season, Colville tribal member Issac Hoskie gave everything he had in the 400-meter championship race.

The sophomore runner got off to a solid start and put himself in position to change the outcome of the race.

As Hoskie entered the home stretch he was in second place and had started to close the gap on Ethan Cook of Garfield-Palouse and his lead.

With about 20 meters left, Hoskie gave everything he had but come up just short of the win, finishing second with a time of (56.22) in the 400-meter championship race at the District 7/District 9 1B outdoor Track and Field Eastern Washington Championships at Ritzville High School’s track and field complex on May 7.

Hoskie also set a personal record in the process as he finished two seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Cook finished with a time of (55.72).

Hoskie had a busy day as he placed 15th in the 100 meter dash (13.37), 11th in the long jump (15 ’10) and placed 7th in the 4x100 relay with fellow teammates JR Phillips, Tyee Finley and Dakatta Seymour, all tribal members.

Hoskie has turned in a very eye opening season as he was able to shave off over three seconds in his times in the 400 meters over the course of this past season and looks to be a top runner next spring.

400 meters

3/25 – 2nd  (59.94) – Valley Christian Jamboree

4/1   – 1st   (59.54) – District 7 1B League meet

5/1   – 1st   (56.84) – District 7 1B Championships

5/7   – 2nd  (56.22) – District 7 & District 9 Track & Field Championships

The lone Hornet

Stensgar places fifth at the District 7 and 9 Track & Field Championships; sights set for next season

RITZVILLE – Colville tribal member Clarissa Stensgar finished her freshman season on the Inchelium track and field team placing fifth at the District 7 and 9 Track and Field Championships.

She was the only girl on the team as she held the fort down.

“Its kind of fun, but its kind of hard because I have to deal with all the guys,” she said, laughing. 

Stensgar, a freshman, competes in a variety of events ranging from long distance (800, 1600 and 3200) to field events, such as the shot put and javelin, her favorite.

Whereas some out there might not like the long distance running events, Stensgar welcomes them.

“I like them because you don’t have to go as fast but you do have to push yourself,” she says.

She finished fifth with a time of (16:29.00) in the 3200-meter championship race at the District 7/District 9 1B outdoor Track and Field Eastern Washington Championships at Ritzville High School’s track and field complex on May 7.

“It was really hard because the wind kept pushing against me,” she said, as gusts of up to 35 miles per hour would sweep through.

Despite, a super windy day and her being the only girl on the team, Stensgar is just thankful to be competing for the varsity track team.

“I wish there was more of a season, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to actually do track,” she says.

3200 meters

5/1   – 3rd   (16:49.7) – District 7 1B Championships

5/7   – 5th   (16.29.00) – District 7 & District 9 Track & Field Championships

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