Spokane’s Lily Hunsucker won a showdown with Chadwick’s Gretchen House in the 1,600 to highlight her three first-place finishes at the Spokane Relays on Thursday.
Hunsucker’s winning time in the 1,600 was 5:37, while House posted 5:47.
Both Hunsucker and House were medal winners at State a year ago. They’ve developed a friendly rivalry.
“We follow each other on Instagram and are pretty good friends,” Hunsucker said. “We’ve seen each other quite a bit this year. She's been injured, so we haven't seen each other since (the Republic relays). She's a really good competitor and has great sportsmanship. She has great strategy. At meets, we talk quite a bit and on Instagram we'll text each other and talk about our races.”
Hunsucker won the 800 (2:30) by :16 and took the 3,200 (13:06) by a full minute.
Hunsucker is trying to chase down Spokane’s record of 12:30 in the 3,200 held by Madison King, who is now at Van Buren.
Hunsucker’s personal record is 12:50.
“I have quite a ways to go before I get it, about 2-3 seconds per lap,” she said.
Spokane’s Gabriel Duarte was first in the shot put (48-6 1/4) and discus (127-11 3/4), winning the shot put by more than 10 feet and winning the discus by more than 17 feet.
The Lady Owls’ Sydney Bryan was first in the 100 hurdles (18.20) and 300 hurdles (51.07) and second in the 200 (27.69).
Makenzie Melton was second in the 100 hurdles (18.68). Mason Walters was third in the 3,200 (11:39).
Clever’s Gage Evans won the 300 (44.60), while Aaron Rice won the long jump (19-11) and triple jump (40-2) and Avery Whitlinger won the discus (97-6).
Rice was second in the 200 (24.19), as was Xavier Robinson in the high jump (5-11 3/4) and long jump (19-0 3/4). The Jays were runners-up in the 4 x 200 relay (1:38) and 4 x 400 relay (3:48).
Alton Prater was third in the javelin (123-4 3/4).
The Lady Jays received thirds from Sydney Bollenbach in the 100 (13.52), 200 (28.94) and long jump (14-8 3/4), Valerie Cowles in the 400 (1:05) and high jump (4-8).
Chadwick’s Chloe Burkhart was second in the discus (87-9 1/4), as was Raeleigh Little in the 800 (2:46) and Ella Herd in the shot put (28-7 3/4). Burkhart was third in the shot put (28-1 1/2), while Little was third in the 1,600 (6:14).
Sparta’s Penelope Hansen won the shot put (32-8 1/4), while Megan Brown was second in the javelin (95-5).
Billings’ Cale Plowman was second in the 800 (55.46).
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