(Chehalis, WA) The annual Activators Invitational 2-Day track meet took place on Friday and Saturday with 22 teams competing. Below is coverage and results of each event with tons of pictures.

Boys Team Top 5

Champions Black Hills 108

2nd WF West 80

3rd Pe Ell 69

4th Tumwater 63

5th North Beach 50

Girls Team Top 5

Champions Maple Ridge 112.5

2nd Tumwater 89.5

3rd WF West 73

4th Napavine 54.5

5th Hoquiam 49.5

Men’s Runner MVP

Black Hills Jason Underhill
Black Hills Jason Underhill

This was a tough decision, Jason Underhill of Black Hills won the 400 and part of both winning relay teams for 3 Gold medals, Hoquiam’s Anthony Nash was in a virtual deadheat with Pe Ell’s Josh Schulz in the 100 then beat Schulz and Underhill in the 200 and was part of the Grizzlies 4×100 relay team that took 2nd and Pe Ell’s Tyler Justice swept both hurdle events. In the end we gave the nod to Underhill as our runner of the meet.

Men’s Field Event MVP

We chose Napavine’s Chase Van Wyck who dominated the shot put and took 3rd in the discus. Other considerations were Seth Bridge of North Beach with a big win in the discus and a 4th place finish in the shot. Josh Schulz of Pe Ell would have been the winner had he not won the combination award with a double win in the long and triple jumps.

Men’s Combination MVP

Pe Ell's Josh Schulz out of the blocks
Pe Ell’s Josh Schulz out of the blocks

Josh Schulz of Pe Ell was our clear choice winning the 100, 2nd in the 200 and then winning both the long jump and triple jump to finish with 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver.

Outstanding Individual Performance

There were a few to choose from but our top 2 featured Rainier Mountaineers. Jonny Hansen made a huge run in the 2nd flight of the 400 to win the race and his time was good enough for 4th place overall the top finisher of all 2nd flight competitors. But our choice goes to the Rainier pole vaulter Brayden Lasher who topped WF Wests’ Beau Stidham, even though both cleared 13-6, Lasher did it in fewer attempts for the win.

Women’s Runner Event MVP

Napavine's Grace Hamre streaking to the wire
Napavine’s Grace Hamre streaking to the wire

The was close between Abisayo Ajibike of Maple Ridge who took our award last year at the Activator’s and Napavine’s Grace Hamre. We went with Hamre with 2 wins in the 200 beating Ajibike and a clear winner in the 400. Hamre was also the anchor leg of the Tigers 2nd place 4×200 relay that took a full 2 seconds off their qualifying time. Hamre may have added a 4th medal but false started in the 100 prelims on Friday and did not qualify for the Saturday finals.

Ajibike was impressive with her win in the 100, was 2nd in the 200 and was the lead-off for the Maple Ridge 4×400 winning relay team. She also won the long jump but we went with Hamre for her 2 individual wins.

Women’s Field Event MVP

It was a tough selection as there was not one double winner in all of the women’s field events and so we decided on Peyton Dungan of Rainier who won the Shot Put by 5-feet and finished 3rd in the discus. Karly Bornstein of Napavine was also considered with her dominating win in the javelin and her 5th place finish in the Discus.

Women’s Combination MVP

Maple Ridge’s Abisayo Ajibike was the only competitor to win a running event and a field event taking the 100 and long jump to grab the combo honor.

Outstanding Individual Performance

We chose Emma Moon of WF West for her dominating performance in the 3200 leading every step of the way and pulling away in the end for a huge win.


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Boys 100 Meters

Pe Ell’s Josh Schultz literally nosed out Hoquiam’s Anthony Hash for the win as both hit the tape at 11.71. Both ran down early leader Mark Melendres of Black Hills who took 3rd at 11.77.

Girls 100 Meters

Abisayo Ajibike from Canada’s Maple Ridge High School cruised to the daylight win defeating Tumwater’s Bella Foos who herself had a comfortable lead over the 3rd place finisher and team mate Codi Short.

Boys 110 Hurdles

Pe Ell’s Tyler Justice got the jump on Centralia’s Layne Pertzborne stopping the clock in 16.06 for the win. Josh Kennedy of Rochester took 3rd and Tumwater’s Josh Brandon 4th, all 4 finished sub-17-seconds.

Girls 100 Hurdles

Adna’s Emma Manning pulled away late for the win to give the Pirates their lone win in the running events. Kary Sathre of Centralia was right behind in 2nd, Black Hills’ Madi Frampton 3rd and 4th place went to Ellie Chapman from Naselle.

Boys 200 Meters

Hoquiam’s Anthony Nash turned the tables on Pe’Ell’s Josh Schultz who both upset high qualifier Black Hills Jason Underhill. Nash finished in 7/100th’s of second in front of Schultz who had a length lead on Aberdeen’s Miles Devine while Underhill settled for 4th.

Girls 200 Meters

Napavine’s Grace Hamre ran down Abisayo Ajibike of Maple Ridge in the final strides to win stopping the clock in 26.11. Ajibike again held off familiar foe Tumwater’s Bella Foos who took 3rd.

Boys 300 Hurdles

Pe Ell’s Tyler Justice completed the hurdle daily double taking both races with his win in the 300 in a time of 41.03. Josh Kennedy from Rochester closed well for 2nd, Black Hills’ Josh Brandon was 3rd and Artimus Johnson from Hoquiam finished 4th.

Girls 300 Hurdles

Tiana Cole of Tumwater made a big move on the turn and never looked back pulling away for an easy win. Madi Frampton from Black Hills made a nice late run for 2nd, Centralia’s Kary Sathre 3rd and Adna’s Emma Manning 4th.

Boys 400 Meters

Black Hills Jason Underhill was the favorite in this 1 lap race and did not disappoint pulling away for the win in a time of 50.97. Tumwater’s Andrew Dellsite was a clear 2nd but could not resist Underhill as he pulled aside and then won in the clear. Jorrin Lenton of Maple Ridge was 3rd while Rainier’s Jonny Hansen had a great run in the 2nd flight to end up 4th.

Girls 400 Meters

Napavine’s Grace Hamre put on a clinic pulling away down the stretch for nearly a 2-second win over Aberdeen’s Faith Cardenas. Maple Ridge’s Aaryanna Kurucz was 3rd while Hoquiam’s Elyse Goulet took 4th.

Boys 800 Meters

Tumwater’s Andrew Dellsite overcame the upset minded Dallas Taylor of WF West in the stretch after Taylor dashed away entering the far turn. Taylor easily held on to 2nd while Jonah Valler also of Tumwater took 3rd and Pearse Popinchock from Black Hills was 4th.

Girls 800 Meters

Madelyn Huston from Thomas Haney rolled to a 3+ second win over Maple Ridge’s Mikayla Tinkham. Kenzie Anderson of Morton-White Pass had a nice run on at the end for 3rd and WF West’s Erika Brumfield took 4th.

Boys 1600 Meters

Tumwater’s Evan Groat and Aberdeen’s Kyle Hurd were head and head for 3 and 7/8th’s laps when Groat eased ahead to break the tape in 4:34.42 while Hurd a clear 2nd. JP Guyer of WF West had a nice late run to secure 3rd place.

Girls 1600 Meters

Maple Ridge dominated the 4-lap race with Mikayla Tinkham sitting just off her teammate Jamie Hennessey’s hip for the entire race until the final stretch where she pulled away for the win. WF West’s Emma Moon ran a steady race for 3rd and Rainier’s Elaina Hansen took 4th.

Boys 3200 Meters

WF West’s JP Guyer rolled to a 3-second win in the 16 turn race over Tumwater’s Joseph Morrissey. Both had sprinted away from the rest of the field as there was about a 26-second difference between 2nd and 3rd place Kyle Hurd of Aberdeen.

Girls 3200 Meters

The Host team’s Emma Moon of WF West got stronger as the race got longer leading every step of the way and steadily pulled away from the field for a big 13-second win. Elaina Hansen of Rainier finished 2nd, Tumwater’s Hannah Reynolds was 3rd while Olympia’s McKenna Hooper was 4th.

Girls 4×200 Relay

Tumwater’s top qualifying team came through in the 1st race of the day in a time of 1:48.60. Sydney Smith, Codi Short, Peyton Russell and Bella Foos were the winning combination. Although taking 2nd, Napavine’s team of Kaitlyn Bornstein, Alex Pope, Xylee Pope and Grace Hamre shaved 2 seconds off their qualifying time. Hoquiam ran a solid 3rd and Black Hills is 4th.

Boys 4×100 Relay

The Black Hills team of Kyler Nygren, Edward Afeiche, Jason Underhill and Mark Meledres snapped the tape about a second faster than Hoquiam, Napavine took 3rd and WF West was 4th.

Girls 4×100 Relay

Emily Morey, Brooke Parry, Blythe Parry and Aaryanna Kurucz of Maple Ridge was too tough in this race grabbing the win. Tumwater held off Hoquiam for 2nd and Tenino took 4th.

Boys 4×400 Relay

The Black Hills Wolves ruled the day in the relays the team of Edward Afeiche, Josh Brandon, Jewell Day and Jason Underhill held off a strong effort from WF West for the win while the Bearcats settled for 2nd. Tumwater took 3rd and Rainier was 4th.

Girls 4×400 Relay

Maple Ridge took the girls finale event with Abisayo Ajibike, Jamie Hennessey, Mikayla Tinkham and Aimee Milliard stopping the time in 4:18.63 for the Gold Medal. Tumwater was 2nd, Elma took 3rd and Hoquiam 4th.

Boys Field Events

The Boys Field events were highlighted by several big performances including Pe Ell’s Josh Schulz who was a double winner taking the long and triple jumps. Chase Van Wyck of Napavine dominated the shot while Seth Bridge of North Beach did the same in the discus. There was a great battle for the Pole Vault Championship with Brayden Lasher of Rainier taking it by clearing 13-6 in fewer jumps. Rochester’s Journey Fortner won the Javelin and teammate Josh Kennedy took the High Jump.

Girls Field Events

Not one double winner in the field events for the women but plenty of great performances. In the throws, Rainier’s Peyton Dungan cruised to an easy win in the shot, Mateya Haintz from Maple Ridge won the Discus and taking the Javelin was Napavine’s Karley Bornstein. In the jumps, Shania Barton of Hoquiam won the high jump clearing 4-8 in the fewest attempts. Abisayo Ajibike of Maple Ridge soared in the Long Jump and North Beach’s Moriah Vogler won the Triple Jump. The Pole Vault title went to WF West’ Aubrie Rademaker.

By paulb

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