Marysville-Pilchuck junior Emma French runs the 4x200-meter relay April 15 against Archbishop Murphy High School.


During a  track and field season shortened due to the pandemic, athletes competing for Marysville-Pilchuck High School are showing consistent improvement throughout the first several weeks of the season. 

Against Archbishop Murphy April 15 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 26 personal bests were set. A week earlier, 10 personal bests were set against Cedarcrest.

“Our kids competed extremely hard,” Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Mike Cull said. Both Marysville-Pilchuck’s boys and girls teams were victorious April 15 against the Wildcats – the boys won 94 to 31 and the girls won 65 to 37. 

Cull complimented both teams on their support for each other. 

He highlighted junior Jordan Velasquez’s efforts in the 100-meter. His time of 11.13 is one of the top spots in the district, Cull said. 

Senior Tristan Richmond ran personal best time in the 100-meter with a time of 12.63, and a personal best in the 200-meter with a time of 25.87, which was also good for first place. Cull added Richmond ran his personal best for his leg during the fourx400-meter relay. The relay team consisting of Richmond, Skyler Barnes, Trae Tingelstad and Alfred Ramos won with a time of 4:00.78

Sophomore Nich Robbinson also ran personal bests in the 100-meter and 200-meter with times of 11.67 and 25.87. 

“We had a ton of personal records in the throws,” Cull said. 

Freshman Gianna Frank won first place in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet 2.75 inches. Cull noted Frank’s shot put a week earlier against Cedarcrest was the ninth best throw in Marysville-Pilchuck school history. 

In addition to his work in the relay, Tingelstad won three other events — 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.68, the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.35 and the triple-jump with a distance of 39 feet 3 inches, which was also a personal best.

Freshman Cana Cross also won three events — the 3,200-meters with a time of 17:19.52, the 1,600-meter with a time of 7:24.32 and the long jump with a distance of 12 feet, 4.5 inches. She was also part of the winning fourx200-meter relay team, which included Corianne Cross, Emma French and Alexis Heller with a time of 2:10.62.

The number of students turning out this year are low for track and field during the shortened track and field season. Five meets are scheduled this year with the last one being May 6 against Marysville Getchell High School. 

Cull described this year’s team as “a group of the nicest kids we’ve ever coached — and most helpful and most encouraging.”

He said there’s been some challenges this year with Spring Break affecting the season and no activity bus to help with transportation. 

“The kids are here and that bodes well for Marysville-Pilchuck,” Cull said. 

He also complimented the people who volunteered during the track meet. 

“We can’t do this without all of the volunteers,” Cull said. “We’re just so grateful.”

Up next for the Tomahawks is Lakewood and Cedarcrest, which takes place Thursday, April 22, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

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