We accidentally ran the wrong version of the Shelton Invite story in Sunday’s paper – the copy in the TNT was meant for the Olympia newspaper. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is the (unedited) version of the Tacoma-centric Shelton Invite story, with info on Enumclaw star Stephanie Jones, Wilson runners Anthony France and Kevin Rosaaen, and Rogers’ boys team victory, as well as problems for Rogers’ star hurdler Eric Morrison.
By Mindi Rice
SHELTON – There was little doubt what name would emerge when tournament organizers began discussing who would be named the female athlete of the meet at Saturday’s Shelton Invitational.
Enumclaw junior Stephanie Jones, seeded second in both hurdles events, had raced off to victories in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and had claimed the triple jump title.
Solidifying the choice was Jones’ 300 hurdles time of 44.91 seconds, which broke the previous meet record of 46.01 seconds, and her triple jump distance of 37 feet and 6 inches, which edged the previous record by half an inch.
But Jones, who picked up a personal best in the 300 hurdles, was happy to be battling tough competition and running in sunshine, despite getting a sunburn on her lips.
"It was a good day, I’m not going to lie," Jones said. "It gives me a confidence boost. You never know what you’re day’s going to be like."
Jones’ three wins scored 30 points for the Hornets, who finished second in the team standings with 54 points. Olympia won its fourth straight Shelton Invite with 93 points, highlighted by the Bears’ 4×100 relay victory.
Enumclaw sophomore Stephanie Schreiner won the 400 meter dash with Steilacoom junior Alex Davidson hot on her heels. Schreiner won by 0.32 seconds.
Sumner junior Hillary Norris took second in both the 800 and 3,200, while Olympia junior Annie Dear won the one-mile run.
Washington junior Vanessa Garris won the discus and finished second in the shot put.
Emerald Ridge’s girls 4×400 relay team won the final girls event of the day in 4:04.17, just .13 seconds from breaking the meet record. The relay included seniors Alicia Brannan, Livia Mahaffie and Whitney Henderson, and sophomore Kayla Stueckle.
Stueckle also finished second to Jones in both hurdles events.
On the boys’ side, Rogers of Puyallup won the team title with 54 points, followed by rival Emerald Ridge with 48. West Valley of Spokane, which won the 4×400 relay, finished third.
The Rams’ team victory came despite one of the state’s top 4A hurdlers, Rogers’ senior Eric Morrison, having his winning run in the 300 hurdles disqualified because officials ruled his foot was "breaking the plane of the hurdle."
"They told me they’d talked about making that call before but this was the first time they’ve made it," said Rogers’ coach Leo Keenan, who filed a protest of the call. "So I guess the precedent’s been set. … Eric’s really disturbed by it, but we live on to run next week."
Morrison won the 100 high hurdles in 15.21 seconds with Emerald Ridge senior Alex Sears and sophomore Cory Okazaki close behind. With Morrison’s win disqualified in the 300, Sears won the second hurdle event.
Rogers won the 4×100 relay and took second in the 4×400 relay.
Orting senior Jacob Patton won the 200 in 22.79 seconds, while Wilson senior Anthony France won the 400 in 50.19 seconds, a new personal record.
"I think it was amazing," France said of his run in Saturday’s warm, sunny weather. "Back in Tacoma it’s been snowing and raining. I told my coach I was looking for a nice, sunny day and I’d get a 50-low. That sun came out today and I got my 50."
Puyallup sophomore Jesse Jorgensen won the 800 in 1:56.28. Jorgensen was named the boys’ athlete of the meet.
Wilson junior Kevin Rosaaen cruised to a win in the 3,200 in 9:25.77, beating the second-place finisher by nearly 22 seconds.
Enumclaw senior Josh Wirta won the triple jump with a jump of 43-10.5. Auburn Mountainview won the distance medley, with Puyallup taking second, just one second behind.
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