SEASIDE — Seaside hosted a three-way Cowapa League track meet Wednesday, as the Gulls battled with athletes from Astoria and Tillamook in a low-key meet under gray skies, with a little wind and rain mixed in.
A few key athletes from both schools took the day off to deal with nagging injuries, including Astoria’s Darian Hageman; while others competed in events not usually their own.
Seaside’s Jackson Januik and Astoria’s Lucas Caruana — normally battling in the 800 meters — both ran the 400 meters, along with Seaside’s Hunter Thompson.
Januik won in 53.22 seconds, just nipping Caruana (53.44) at the tape, with Thompson third.
Thompson and Januik finished first and second, respectively, in the 200 meters.
Elsewhere, Astoria’s Samantha Hemsley blazed her way to a personal best in the 400 (1:07.54), and teammate McKenzie Burnett had a PR 2:40.66 in the 800.
Astoria freshman Taileigh Cole took first in the 1,500 meters, ahead of Hemsley and Seaside’s Katie Zagata; and Astoria junior Tim Barnett had his usual three victories in the shot put, discus and javelin.
Seaside’s Chase Januik and Astoria’s Alex Burchfield both jumped 37 feet, 11 inches in the boys triple jump, while Lady Fisherman freshman Elizabeth Barnett sailed 14-1 ½ to win the girls’ long jump.
Astoria and Seaside will both have select athletes competing in this week’s Centennial Invitational.