Colville – For the Inchelium track team, Colville is a home-away-from-home as the Hornets host track meets at the high school’s track and field complex. Though some Inchelium residents dream of their own facility.
“Maybe one day we’ll have our own track,” said tribal member Rich Whitney of Inchelium. Whitney’s son, Mikey, competed in a handful of events on the day.
Wednesday, the Hornets hosted nine other schools from all over the region at the Northeast 1B/2B League Meet held at Colville High School.
For Colville tribal descendant Nicole Stensgar of Cusick, she remembers the feeling of being at the WIAA 1B state track and field championships last season.
Stensgar placed 10th in the 400 Meters (1:06.34) for all 1B schools in her first year of running for the track team.
“It was insane,” she said.
Flash forward almost a year later and Stensgar is still churning out top five results in numerous events for Cusick as she placed third in the 400 Meters (1:12.54), fourth in the 100 Meters (14.06), fourth in the 200 Meters (31.87) and 16th in the javelin (33-03.50), her first time ever throwing the javelin.
“It was interesting,” said Stensgar. “I didn’t know there was so much to throwing.”
“We’ve had three girls competing since the start of the season,” said Jenni Jones, head track coach for Cusick. “They’ve been doing really good. I don’t consider it a challenge it’s more so that I’ve got three people that want to be here.
“As long as we’re improving and taking time off and getting better, that’s all I care about.”
Tribal member Kaylee Seymour of Inchelium set personal records in all of the events she competed as she placed eighth in the discus (61-04.50), ninth in the shot put (21-01), and ninth in the javelin (64-07.50).
Colville boys in action
Colville tribal member Chris Tonasket of Republic placed sixth in the 1600 Meters (5:51.13) his highest placing this season in that event, and placed 12th in the 100 Meters (13.15). Along with Jesse Beauchamp, Tristan Guilliot and Nathan Sheffield, Tonasket placed fourth in the 4X100 Relay in 51.85.
The Inchelium boys track team had a trio of tribal members that competed in numerous events; tribal member Marc Mason tackled four events on the day as he placed eighth in the high jump (4’ 6), 11th in the long jump (13 ‘ 5), 14th in the 200 Meters (30.94) and 15th in
the 100 Meters (13.28).
Mikey Whitney competed in four events for the Hornets, placing eighth in the discus (76’ 4), 11th in the 200 meters (30.74), 13th in the javelin (85’ 6.5), and 16th in the 100 Meters (13.84).
Adonis Seymour had a big day as he set personal records in the four events he competed in as he placed ninth in the long jump (13’ 7) 12th in the 200 Meters (30.74), 16th in the javelin (73’ 3.5), and 19th in the 100 Meters (12.24).
“Bunch of new kids,” said Neil Holford, tribal member and head track coach for Inchelium.
Liberty (Spangle) boys and girls track teams would take home first place, as they and Tekoa-Rosalia were the only 2B schools.
Cusick’s next track meet will be this Saturday at the Priest River Invite with the first event at 10 a.m.
Republic’s next track meet is this this Saturday at the Eason Invitational in Snohomish with the first event starting at 9 a.m.
Inchelium’s next track meet is at Newport High School on April 25 for the NE 1/2 B League Meet with the first event starting at 3:30 p.m.