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"Spartans dominate wet meetRain didn't dampen spirits as track and field teams best Oly, PT."

"Several outstanding performances by Spartan tracksters in the face of horrible weather highlighted Thursday's three-way meet against visiting Olympic and Port Townsend. The meet began under overcast skies, which cast a chilling, drenching rain over the competitors about halfway through the meet. But the sun emerged as the final relays began, creating a rainbow to the east that framed the final few finishes. The boys scored 81 points to Pt. Townsend's 54 and Olympic's 40. The girls beat Olympic 85-68 with Pt. Townsend third with 33 points.Rebecca Ivey won the 400 in sixty-one and two-tenths seconds, then came from behind in the final curve to win the 800 in 2:27.4. She also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay.Melissa Borgen easily won the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.8 and finished a close second in the 300 lows in 48.9 in her first competition since a knee injury that required stitches. She also ran legs on winning 4x100 (54.3) and 4x200 (1:57.8) relays.Versatile Tim Freeman won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 43.1, finished second in the 100 in 11.67, and contributed legs on the winning 4x100 (45.7) and 4x400 (3:39.2) relays.The boys' distance corps racked up 18 points. Steven Gardiner (2:11.2) and Colin Kuester (2:11.5) finished 2-3 in the 800, running intelligent races as they moved steadily up through the pack.Evan Galloway's 4:40.8 won the 1600, with Kuester (4:49.2) slicing 10 seconds off his personal best in third. Galloway (10:13.4), Andy Reese (10:39.8) and Max Gordon (10:47.2) went 2-3-4 in the 3200.Port Townsend's Kolby Riley recorded excellent times in the 200 (22.6) and 400 (50.1) as he defeated Bainbridge star Luke Preble (23.3, 51.4). Preble anchored both relays.Other Spartan highlights:* Alice Russell won the shot (33-1) and discus (85-10) and finished third in the javelin (71-3).* Triple winner Joey Mankes led a Spartan sweep in the high jump (5-7), triple jumped 40-7 and long jumped 17-7 1/2. He also contributed a leg on the 4x100 relay.* Laura Bartunek won the high jump at 5-0 and was second in the triple jump (29-0).* Sarah Grue won the mile in 5:47.8 and anchored the 4x400 relay.* Matt Wauters won the javelin with a throw of 119-11 and was third in the shot (36-3).The team hosts Port Angeles and Central Kitsap on Friday in what should be very tight team competition. "

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