RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School added one more championship to its impressive boys track and field record here Friday and Saturday in District 8 4A Track and Field action.
The Blue Devils captured the District 8 team title as they collected 118 points to easily out distance Chiawana, who finished second with 84.5 points.
On the girls side, Hanford ran away with the team title by scoring 128.5 points.
Wa-Hi was second, edging out Lewis and Clark of Spokane 98.5 to 97.5.
The meet was also the qualifier for the 4A State Track and Field championships that begin Thursday at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
The Blue Devils, in garnering the District 8 4A boys team title, took home seven district championships.
““It was an unbelievable weekend,” Blue Devils coach Eric Hisaw said. “I’m so proud of our kids. We did not have a poor performance the whole week end. Our kids that didn’t make it to state, just got beat.
“I believe it is the first time in history that we (the boys) have won this meet,” Hisaw said. “I don’t think the girls have every finished second. Girls were closer than the score says. Down a few points with few event left and Hanford wen crazy to pull away.”
Jared McAlvey grabbed three individual titles and a piece of a relay title to lead the Blue Devil march to the district title.
Patrick Utschinski grabbed titles in both throws, discus and shot put, to add points to the Wa-Hi winning total.
Mcalvey won the 200 meters as he ran a 22.61 seconds to win.
McAlvey came back in his specialities, both hurdles, to claim two more victories.
McAlvey won the 110 hurdles in 14.49 and took the 300 hurdles in 38.15.
McAlvey teamed with Hayden Wegner, Ryan Moore, and Brady Kinney to give the Blue Devils the boys 4x100 relay district 8 crown. Wa-Hi ran a 43.15 to win.
Utschinski won the boys shot put for Wa-Hi with a 55-feet-09.25 effort and also posted the district winning throw of 174-03 in the discus.
Cooper Cortinas won the other boys district title as Cortinas won the boys 1600 in a district title winning time of 4:13.98.
Other top four finishes for the Blue Devils included Moore, Jahmal Mangarero, and Dash Sirmon.
Moore ran to fourth behind McAlvey in the 200 finals. Moore turned a 23.22 to take fourth.
Mangarerero took second in the javelin with a heave of 174-09 and finished third to Utschinski in the discus with a 140-11 effort.
Sirmon was right on Mangarero’s heels in the javelin.
Sirmon followed Mangarero to the podium with a 170-02 effort to earn third.
Ella Nelson completed the distance double for the Blue Devils to lead the girls to their second place District 8 team finish.
Nelson ran the 3200 in 10:58.57 to win the district crown. Nelson finished off the distance double with a 5:01.87 in the 1600 to add the 1600 titlle to her 3200 title.
Nelson came back to help carry the Blue Devil 4x400 relay team to a district title.
Nelson along with Sariah Hepworth, Cliana Coburn, and Madi Knight ran to first in the 4x400 in a time of 4:04.19.
Noelani Helm cleared 5-04 in the girls high jump to edge out teammate Eliana Coburn.
Coburn settled for second place after clearing 5-02. Taryn Bohanan gave the Blue Devils three of the four top spots in the girls high jump.
Bohanan went over at 5-00 to finish fourth, giving the Blue Devils first, second, and fourth in the girls high jump.
Knight, in addition to her leg on the winning 4x400 relay team, scored three second places for the Blue Devils.
Knight ran to second in both girls’s hurdle races.
Knight’s 15.40 in the 100 hurdles was good enough for second.
Her 45.70 in the 300 hurdles earned the Blue Devils a second place finish.
Knight picked up her third second in the long jump.
Knight leaped 17-01.75 to again garner second place.
Helm, in addidtion to her high jump title, threw the javelin 126-08 to finish third in the girls javelin.
Coburn picked up a fourth, behind Knight in the 300 hurdles.
Coburn finished in 46.48.
The Blue Devils will head to Tacoma Thursday to compete in the 2019 State 4A Track and Field Championships.
The boys make the trip in search of that .5 point that denied them the 2018 state boys title.