KNAPPA - The Knappa track team hosted a final tune-up for next week's District 1/2A championships, as Corbett and Heritage Christian made the trip over to take part in a three-way meet on the Knappa track.

"Overall, the kids performed, in spite of this being a small, low-key event," said Knappa coach Kemboi Chesimet. "I think most schools are holding back for districts next week. This was just a tune-up.

"The weather can be a highlight, too, when you have all that we had today," he said, referring to the wind, rain and occasional sun breaks.

And despite missing a few key members of their team, the Loggers managed several wins and a few personal best marks.

Topping the list was Knappa junior Gretchen George.

Currently ranked second in the district in both the 1,500- and 3,000-meter races (and third in the 400 and 800 meters), George broke the 12-minute barrier for the first time and set a PR with a winning time of 11 minutes, 50 seconds in Thursday's 3,000.

"The 3,000 is still my passion, and I think Gretchen had a good race, with a personal best," Chesimet said.

George added a second-place finish in the 1,500, and ran the second leg for the winning 400-meter relay team, as Knappa's Bethany McAloney broke open a close race by pulling away over the final 100 meters for the victory in 56.23.

McAloney would add a PR time of 1:10.80 for second in the 400, as well as a personal best 13 feet, 6-inch effort to win the long jump.

Highlighting the boys' side of the meet was Knappa's C.J. Thorne, who swept the throwing events.

Thorne won the discus with a toss of 94-91?2, the javelin with a throw of 129-3, and he had a personal best effort of 37-71?2 to win the shot put.

Elsewhere, Josh Hansen soared a PR of 18-6 to win the long jump, while Lars Gjovik (4:50.36) out-kicked teammate Steve Allen (4:50.59) to win an exciting 1,500 race.

The Loggers expect to have Steve Bokor, Josh Fry and Rachele Schuyler back in time for the district meet, which begins next Friday, hosted by Portland Christian.


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