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Coach Toolson's Reports

May 25 - 27 STATE

The Washington State 2B track and field championships were held on Thursday-Saturday at EWU in Cheney.  The Trojans track team brought a contingent of 8 athletes to compete in 8 different events.  The weather was warm with little wind, which is unusual for Cheney, and made for some good performances.  The top 8 finishers in each event score points for their team.  Manson managed to score 12 points total, tied for the most points it has scored in the last 5 years.  The 12 points placed us 20th out of all the 2B schools in the state.

Here is a breakdown of how we did event by event: 

  1.  Boys 100m- Spencer Ward placed 5th in his heat with a time of 11.51.  This just missed qualifying for the finals by .03 seconds so he was agonizingly close to moving on.
  2.   Boys Shot Put- Mason Cameron came into the event ranked 16th and ended up 13th as he finished his career with another personal best throw.
  3. Boys 4x100 - The boys passed the baton around the track flawlessly the whole weekend and were rewarded with a 4th place finish overall and a spot on the medal stand.  Joe Strecker, Eduardo Escalera, Mason Walters, and Spencer Ward were part of this school recording holding team.
  4. Boys 400-  Spencer Ward capped off a stellar career with a 6th place finish and another spot on the medal stand.
  5. Boys 800 - Freshman Connor Torgesen placed 8th in his heat and did not make it out of qualifying.  Still, a remarkable season for Connor, who has had one of the most successful seasons as a freshman that I have seen.
  6. Boys High Jump - Mason Walters finished 12th after topping out at 5'10".  The quality of this field was astonishing, as 9 boys jumped 6 feet or higher.  
  7. Boys Discus- Mason Cameron completed his amazing high school career by finishing in 13th.  It wasn't the finish he was probably hoping for but he won multiple league and district championships in the past couple of years.
  8. Boys 4x400- This relay really outperformed their ranking, as they came in ranked 9th overall and came away with an outstanding 5th place finish and another spot on the medals stand.  The team of Cody McClanahan, Eduardo Escalera, Mason Walters, and Spencer Ward set 2 school records over the weekend to cap off an spectacular season.

This concludes our 2017 track season, one of the more memorable ones that I have coached.  We say goodbye to an outstanding class of seniors.  If you look at the Manson school record boards you will find their names popping up all over charts.  Congratulations to them on leaving behind a distinguished legacy.  You will all be missed and not forgotten.

I wanted to thank the coaching staff at Manson - Kevin Cameron (throwers), Kevin Amsden (throwers), Trista Walters (distance), Tido Nunez (jumpers), and Kevin Sanford (hurdlers) for all their time, energy, and efforts.  The success of the season does not happen in a vacuum and all the coaches played an integral role in making it all happen.  It has been a fun and rewarding season, mostly due the efforts of the athletes and the coaches.  Thank you to all.

Until next season!

Kurt Toolson, Manson

May 19 - Districts

The District 5/6 Championship meet was held on Friday, May 19 at Quincy.  16 2B teams competed for spots to the State Track Meet next week in Cheney at EWU.  The top 4 finishers in each event moved on to state.

Manson took 16 athletes to the competition.  When the dust settled, 9 Trojans advanced on to State.  The boys team in particular, had a great meet, winning 4 events and placing 2nd overall.  This is the best district finish by a Manson Track team in many years.  Even those competitors who did not place in the top 4 had great days, with most achieving personal best to finish the season.

  • Mason Cameron is district champion in the discus, with a new pr of over 134'!  Mason also qualified for state in the shot put, placing 4th and getting a new pr of 41'5".
  • Mason Walters equaled his pr in the high jump, with a best of 6'.  This was good enough to capture the district championship in this event.
  • Spencer Ward broke his own school record in the 400, with a 51.80 and winning the district title.  Spencer also finished 3rd in the 100 to qualify for state in this event as well. 
  • The boys 4x400 won an exciting race to end the meet, and break a school record in the process with a time of 3:37.  Cody McClanahan, Eduardo Escalera, Mason Walters, and Spencer Ward were the runners in this relay. 
  • The boys 4x100 relay team also qualified for state, placing 2nd in a new school record of 45.38. 
  • Freshman Connor Torgesen placed 4th in the 800m, punching his ticket to the state meet, in a new pr of 2:09.

Just missing out on qualifying for state with 5th place finishes were Bailey Cameron in the 1600 and 3200, Cole Beazley in the 300m hurdles, and Eduardo Escalera in the high jump.  Each one of them hit personal bests in these events to help soothe the pain of not qualifying.

The girls had 2 relay teams entered in the meet.  The first relay, the 4x200 was showing potential in the first half of the race, but a dropped baton dashed their hopes of a state berth.  They also finished 5th in the 4x100 relay just missing out of the qualifications in this event.  Unfortunately, this ended the girls season.  Shout out to Daicy, Maddee, Baylee, Julia, and Jessica for finishing the season strong.

Our next meet is the State Meet on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Eastern Washington University.  The boys team will be going for the best overall team finish in Manson history.

Thank you to all the coaches, students, administrators, and family and friends for their support at the meet and throughout the whole season.

May 10 NCW 2B League Championship - Tonasket.

All nine teams from District 6 competed.  The meet also served as a qualifier to next weeks district championship meet in Quincy.  The top 4 placers move onto the district meet.  Also, the top 8 placers scored team points.

The Manson boys team was stellar and won the League Championship with over 160 points, besting the next closest team by over 50 points.  It was a total team effort, spread out through all the events on the program.  This is the first team track championship at Manson in many years and the first league championship by any team at Manson in 3 years.

There were several individual 1st place winners.

  • Spencer Ward swept the sprint events, winning the 100m, 200m, and 400m.
  • Mason Cameron was a double winner, winning the discus and shot put.
  • Mason Walters dominated the jumping events, winning both the long jump and high jump
  • Connor Torgesen was an upset winner in the 800m, knocking off several higher rated opponents.
  • The boys 4x100 relay team also collected a first place medal.  This team consists of Joe Strecker, Eduardo Escalera, Walters, and Ward.

 Also placing high enough to move onto districts next week-

  • Bailey Cameron continued his improvement in the distance events, placing 4th in the 1600m and 2nd in the 3200m
  • Cody McClanahan ran to a 4th place finish in the 400m.
  • The boys 4x400 relay team placed 2nd.  The team consisted of Joe Strecker, Eduardo Escalera, Conner Torgesen, and Cody McClanahan
  • Eduardo Escalera cleared 5'4 in the high jump to collect 3rd place.

 The girls team had a tougher go of it this meet.  The best results were put forth from the relay teams.  The 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams both placed 4th to move onto districts next week.  Daicy Leyva, Baylee Ward, Maddee Ward, Jessica Medina, and Julia Sanchez are all part of these relay teams.  Unfortunately, there were no other individual qualifiers for next week.

 I wanted to thank all our coaches, athletes, friends and families for all the support.  Any success we have had as a team is shared by all.

May 5 - Bridgeport

The Manson Track Team traveled to Bridgeport for it's final regular meet of the season.  Our championship meets begin next week,  It was a windy day in Bridgeport so not ideal conditions for setting personal bests, but at least the weather was warm.  Coming off of our home meet just a few days ago, we decided to let most of the kids run events that they don't typically compete in, just for a change of pace.

We were shorthanded with some kids working to get their academics in order to be eligible to compete and a few others nursing some injuries that need to heal in order to be 100% by next week.

We did not have any individual event winners but we had several finish in the top 3

  • Mason Walters in the 200m
  • Bailey Cameron in the 800m
  • The boys 4x100 relay team

The season takes a more serious turn with our league championship meet to be held on Wednesday in Tonasket.  We hope to place high as a team and move as many kids as possible on to the district championships the following weekend.

May 2 - Manson Invite

Manson hosted the Manson Invitational on Tuesday evening with 10 teams taking part.  We had over 70 volunteers, including help from the Manson soccer team to make the meet possible.  I want to thank the administration, Manson staff, students, and the community for their support.  I know the kids felt the energy from competing in front of all their friends and family.

We lost a few kids to eligibility issues this week so we were not at full strength.  Also, we were looking forward to seeing Baylee Ward for the first time this season after recovering from a broken foot, but her bad luck continues as she tweaked her quad right before the meet and couldn't compete.  Most of the rest of the meet was all good.

The boys competed hard and ended up in 2nd place behind Chelan.  It's a good sign going forward that the only team that beat us was a 1A school.  The girls were once again short handed and didn't fare as well with the team scoring picture.  We did have some good individual runs though.

Here are some of the highlights- 

  • 1.  Spencer Ward won the 400 and 200 and placed 2nd in the 100.
  • 2.  Mason Walters won the high jump and was second in the long jump.
  • 3.  The boys 4x400 relay placed 2nd.  Joe Strecker, Eduardo Escalera, Connor Torgesen and Mason Walters

Several athletes had personal bests on the day:

  • 1.  Cole Beazley may have had the best day on the whole team with big prs in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.
  • 2.  Daicy Leyva had a great 300m hurdle race, with a 2 second pr.
  • 3.  Joe Strecker a big 400 and new pr.
  • 4.  Cody Amsden went for a 7 second pr in the 800.
  • 5.  Blake Cochran broke 6 minutes for the 1600 for the first time.
  • 6.  Marco Sanchez keeps dropping his 300 hurdles pr and did so again this meet.
  • 7.  Tristan Picton in the shot put. 

 All in all, it was a successful meet.  We have our last regular season meet at Bridgeport on Friday, May 5.

April 28 - Peshastom

The Manson track team traveled to Peshastin to participate in an invitational hosted by Cascade of Leavenworth.  There were 18 schools there to make for busy afternoon on the track.

The Manson athletes acquitted themselves well, with lots of season and personal bests, showing that we are continuing to progress and improve as we start to close down our regular season.  Some of the highlights of the meet-

  • 1.  Mason Walters was our highest individual placer, garnering 2nd place in the high jump
  • 2.  Our boys 4x100 relay team ran a huge season best, nearly eclipsing the school record in the process
  • 3.  Bailey Cameron continues to excel in the distance events, going 4:54 in the 1600 and under 11 minutes in the 3200.
  • 4.  Daicy Leyva had a pair of personal bests in the 100m and 300m hurdles
  • 5.  Also getting 2 prs was Cody McClanahan in the 800m and triple jump

Other athletes getting personal bests in the meet include, Ty Charlton, Cody Amsden, Jessica Medina,  Maddee Ward, Marco Sanchez, Mason Walters, and Joe Strecker.

We continue to improve but there is still room to grow in order to reach our end of season goals.

Our next meet in Tuesday, May 2 at home for the Manson Invitational.  We are excited to host this event and compete in front of our home crowd.  See you all there!

April 22 - Quincy

On Saturday, April 22 the Manson track team participated in the Quincy Invitational.  There were 20 teams competing.  It finally felt like spring with temperatures in the 60s and just a little bit of a breeze to keep it comfortable.  

 It has been a busy week at Manson with several of our team members being gone to FBLA state this week and then a prom to get ready for on Saturday night.  Fortunately, all the distractions did not affect the team and their efforts.

 The Manson boy's team placed 5th overall, tying us for our highest place finish ever at this meet.  We have gone many years without even scoring a point at this meet, so placing 5th out of 20 is a great result.

 We were led by Mason Walters who won the high jump in a season best 6'0".  Also placing in the top 3 was Spencer Ward who was 2nd in the 400 and 3rd in the 200.

 There were several other standout performances that warrant mention.  Bailey Cameron had a stellar day, breaking 5:00 in the 1600 for the first time, running a 4:56.  He also had a 20 second personal best in the 3200 in 11:06.  Connor Torgesen ran the 800 in 2:10, breaking his personal best in that event by 5 seconds.  Cody McClanahan had a good day as well,  breaking his pr in the 400 by 2 seconds and setting a new standard in the triple jump.

 Due to lack of numbers, the girls have a harder time setting a good standard as a team, but still had some individual success to report.  Daicy Leyva ran a 2 second pr in the 300m hurdles.  Alyssa LaMar threw the shot put for a new pr in that event.  And Evelyn DeJesus ran to 2 personal bests in the 100 and 400.

 Our next meet is on Friday, April 28 at the Peshastin athletic complex hosted by Cascade of Leavenworth.

April 18 - Chelan

The Manson track team participated in a meet Tuesday afternoon in Chelan. Teams from Chelan, Omak, and Waterville were competing. The meet was used as a format for kids who haven't gotten a chance to compete in some of the bigger invitationals’ an opportunity to compete.  As of Wednesday morning the results have not been published yet so there are no specific accomplishments to report yet.

April 14 - Kittitas

On Friday afternoon the Manson track team traveled to a cold and windy Kittitas high school for the KValley Rally.  There were 14 teams in attendance, including a handful of rivals from the south district.

The Manson boys placed 3rd, just a half point out of second for a respectable showing.  A shorthanded girls team ended up in 9th place.

Several athletes won first place medals.  Connor Torgesen won the 800m, Mason Cameron won the discus, and the boys 4x400 team placed first as well.

Other notable results included Mason Walters clearing 5'10" in the high jump for 2nd place.  Daicy Leyva got 3rd in the 200.  Maddee Ward got a new personal best and 3rd place in the 100. Spencer Ward was 2nd in the 400.  And Bailey Cameron got a couple of 3rd place finishes in the 1600 and 3200.

The adverse weather conditions made it a difficult day to perform to one's best, but I was proud of all the kids who gave it their best efforts.

 Our next meet is Tuesday at Chelan.

April 11 - Ephrata

Manson track team traveled to Ephrata on Tuesday to shake off the rust from a few days off for spring break.  The meet kept team scoring and the boys placed 3rd out of 12 teams and the girls placed 7th overall.

There were lots of personal bests and season bests which was good to see with there being several days without any formal team practices.

Included in the team successes were several standout performances.

  • 1.  The boys 4x100 and girls 4x200 relay teams both placed first.
  • 2.  Mason Cameron won the discus throw.
  • 3.  Spencer Ward and Daicy Leyva both placed 2nd overall in the 100m.

Our next meet is Friday at Kittitas.  

Mar 30 - Manson Invite

Manson hosted a quad meet on Thursday afternoon, as Chelan, Cascade, and Entiat sent full teams to the competition.  The wind as blowing in the right direction to produce some fast times, especially in the sprints.  No team scores were kept for this meet.

 Several Manson athletes posted top 3 finishes, including a handful of first place winners.  Here is a breakdown-

  • 1.   Spencer Ward won the 200m, 4x100, and 4x400 relays.  Also a 2nd place finish in the 100m  Also of significance was that both the 200 and 100 times tied existing school records.
  • 2.  Connor Torgeson won the 400m and the 4x400 relay.
  • 3.  Bailey Cameron got 2nd in the 800.
  • 4.  Cole Beazley got 3rd in the 300m hurdles.
  • 5.  Mason Cameron won the shot put, discus and placed 2nd in the javelin.
  • 6.  Mason Walters placed 2nd in the high jump, 3rd in the long jump and won the 4x100 relay.
  • 7.  Eduardo Escalera and Joe Strecker were part of the winning 4x100 relay team.
  • 8.  Maddee Ward won the shot put and placed 2nd in the discus
  • 9.  Julia Sanchez got 2nd in the javelin
  • 10.  Alyssa LaMar got 3rd in the javelin

 I think every athlete who participated set a personal best in one event or another, so there are a lot of things to feel good about all the way around.

I wanted to send out a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who helped out, including the Manson baseball team.  They sacrificed a day of practice to make this event happen for us.  There are well over 30 volunteers who spent 4-5 hours to help us out.  A track meet takes a big effort on a lot of people's part to make it happen and Manson school and community really jumped on board.

Our next meet isn't until after spring break.  April 11 in Ephrata.

Kurt Toolson

Mar. 25 - Ephrata

The Manson track team participated in the Ray Cross Invitational in Ephrata on Saturday. It was the largest meet of the year for us with 38 teams present.

Manson acquitted themselves well, rising up to the high level of competition.

Our highest place finisher was Mason Cameron in the discus, who finished in 8th place. Overall, it was a good day, with lots of athletes setting personal bests.

Our next meet is on Thursday, March 30.  It will be one of 2 home meets we have this year. The competition starts at 3:30 pm.

Mar. 16 - Bridgeport Jamboree

The Manson Track team opened their 2017 season with the Bridgeport Jamboree on Thursday afternoon. There were 11 other schools competing.  A jamboree is an abbreviated meet with only half the events being contested and each athlete being allowed to compete in just 2 events.

Manson had 25 students eligible to participate. A few were held out with injuries and others not having enough practices to be eligible. It was a good opportunity to have the kids get their feet wet and break the ice of a new season. In addition, it gave the coaches a chance to see strength and weaknesses on the team.

Our next competition is in Ephrata on Saturday, March 25.