Higher temperatures had little effect on the booming crowd of runners and spectators at the third of six weekly Kiwanis All-Comers Track Meets at Bainbridge High School Monday, July 22.
Some were victorious in numerous events, while others staked their claim to fame on a single epic first-place finish.
Adult runner Sue Korol was a double winner in this week’s “jogger’s mile,” finishing half a minute ahead of the field while taking second place in the predicted-time competition (6:26/6:30) — the latter of which was won by young Sam Hales, whose 10:27.3 was less than three seconds under his predicted 10:30.
In the girls’ races, Annie Caine (age 5) won all four events she entered, usually by edging out Sage Dikman, a star of the first week’s meet.
Other very close rivals included Ella Joe Bell and Vivian Gray (both 6); Emily Younker and Ava Hammond (age 8); Ryoko Tsuge, Alexa Douthart, and Sadie Engelson (all 11); and last week’s stars Ellianna Rehder and Penelope Hunt (age 7).
Rehder again won four events, but Hunt was always very close and took the strenuous 400-meters in 1:35, “super fast for a 7-year-old girl,” according to event organizer Paul Benton.
On the boys’ side, Benton reported that Parker Clement (age 6) again won four events, while Shaurya Negi (age 4) and Desmond Eitel (age 5) each won three.
Owen Anderson (age 11) challenged perennial champion Howard Howlett, winning the 60 and the 100 before losing the 60-meter hurdles and 200.
Howlett went on to win the 400 and to anchor the fastest 4×100 relay team.
“The meet’s top boy was probably 7-year-old Chris Bourgeois,” Benton said, “who won five events, outpacing close rival Owen Haizlip.”
In contrast to these frequent duels, the competition in the large “Boys 10” age group was spread very wide, Benton said, with different winners in four events — Isaiah Drovdahl, Boston Brookes, Morgan Robinson, Shep Horwitz — and with 11 different boys in the top three places, including two ties.
Runners who finish in the top three for each event in each age group are accumulating points for the All-Season trophies, Benton said, to be awarded at the last meet (Aug. 12) based on their places in the first five meets (through Aug. 5).
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island, the free community track meets take place every Monday evening at the BHS track.
Participants are encouraged to arrive by 6:15 to sign in, and perhaps warm up for the jogger’s mile, which begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Visit www.bainbridgereview.com for more photos and complete meet results.