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North Kitsap's Maddie Pruden had the second-longest jump in 2A in the long jump while NK's Alyssa Cullen claimed the 200 race

POULSBO — The North Kitsap girls track and field team added more hardware to the Vikings ever expanding resume after claiming the 2A Olympic League sub-district title Saturday at North Kitsap.

Among the top placers were Maddie Pruden, who set a meet record in winning the long jump; Alexandra Payne continued her upward swing in the throwing events as she snagged the discus; Raelee Moore won the javelin and Alyssa Cullen won the 200-meter race in a dash to the finish.

Pruden, a three-sport athlete for the Vikings, had a final jump of 17 feet, 8.5 inches in the long jump. She fended off teammate Raelee Moore, who was second in 16-7 and Port Angeles’ Emilia Long in 16-6. Hanna Troy finished fourth, 16-0.75, and Ayanna Selembo of NK was fifth in 15-11.25. 

Maddie Pruden of North Kitsap gets a hug from teammate Raelee Moore after Pruden set a meet record to win the long jump during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Pruden had a final jump of 17 feet, 8.5 inches. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Maddie Pruden of North Kitsap gets a hug from teammate Raelee Moore after Pruden set a meet record to win the long jump during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Pruden had a final jump of 17 feet, 8.5 inches. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

The top five placers in each event qualified for the West Central District meet, May 17-18, at Bremerton High School.

North won with a final score of 700 points as Port Angeles finished second, 663, and Sequim was third, 282.

Pruden’s winning jump was also the second-best in the state so far and puts her right on track heading into the district meet.

North Kitsap jumps coach Dave Snyder had told Pruden she had it in her to hit the 17-foot mark. She didn’t believe him until Saturday.

“I’ve been jumping 16-5.5, that was my PR before today, so I was like, well, I’m going to shoot for a 16-6 and see what happens,” Pruden said, adding she moved back four feet from her usual starting spot and that gave her more momentum at takeoff. 

Pruden kept hitting each mark in her jumps, each time going a further, until she cracked the 17-8.5 mark on her final jump.

“Today was a good day,” she said.

Snyder agreed.

“My jump crew was amazing,” he said. “They’re so close to each other.”

Pruden, who will played volleyball in the fall — she will play at Seattle Pacific next season — and plays basketball in the winter, took a break in her club schedule so she could focus on the postseason in track. The ability to focus on one sport, specifically the long jump, 200 and 4×200 relay, has been a welcome change.

North Kitsap's Alexandra Payne competes in the discus during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Payne won the event with a throw of 106-02 to qualify for the West Central District meet. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
North Kitsap’s Alexandra Payne competes in the discus during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Payne won the event with a throw of 106-02 to qualify for the West Central District meet. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

“My 400 is like not where I want it to be yet, but my main focus is the 4×200 definitely and long jump now is one of my big focuses,” she said. “I’m just excited to see, that if I got that (17-8.5) to see where I can go with it, what I have in me this week.”

Pruden also didn’t mind the exceptionally warm day.

“The weather definitely helped also,” she said, “it was nice having a warm track today.”

Payne, a sophomore, began her morning by topping teammate Sydney Nahitka in the discus. Payne ripped off a 106-02 throw in the finals after hitting marks into the 90s during the earlier flights.

Payne hasn’t come close to her personal best of 117 and has been in a bit of slide since the state meet last year. Payne, always one to study her technique and push through admitted the plateau that took her into the 80s has been frustrating.

That’s why Saturday’s breakthrough into the 100s was such a relief.

“This 106 is showing the consistency coming back up,” she said, adding it’s always more fun to throw against a good field of competition. “Sydney Nahitka is great to throw against every time. It’s really nice having her every single time to throw against — in shot put too.”

North Kitsap's Alyssa Cullen, third from left, lunges across the finish line to win the 200 meters against Bremerton's Tyishea McWhorter, center, and Maddie Pruden during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Cullen won the event in 25.73 seconds, a personal record. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen, third from left, lunges across the finish line to win the 200 meters against Bremerton’s Tyishea McWhorter, center, and Maddie Pruden during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Cullen won the event in 25.73 seconds, a personal record. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

North’s Alyssa Cullen made it a sweep of the sprint events when the sophomore won a hotly-contested 200 meters in 25.73 seconds, a personal record. Cullen beat out Pruden, who finished second by a hair over Bremerton’s Tyishea McWhorter, 26.48 to 26.49. Cullen won the 100 on Thursday.

Moore, who celebrated her birthday Saturday, won the javelin with a throw of 105-01 bettering second-place finisher Camille Stensgard of PA with a throw of 104-8.

North Mason won the 4×400 relay as the team of Kira Schwerzler, Averie DuPont, Sierra Morin and Morgan Shumaker finished in 4:18.08.

On the boys side, North Mason’s Noah Hasselblad won the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 46.65 seconds as Stefans Lusis of Kingston was second in 9:53.09. The pair were the only ones to finish in under 10 minutes as North Kitsap’s Max Metters was third in 10:41.13.

North Kitsap’s Kian Daugherty won the 300 hurdles in a personal best of 40.76.

Full results from Thursday and Saturday can be found by clicking here.

North Kitsap's Alyssa Cullen, third from left, lunges across the finish line to win the 200 meters against Bremerton's Tyishea McWhorter, center, and Maddie Pruden during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Cullen won the event in 25.73 seconds, a personal record.(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

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North Kitsap's Alyssa Cullen, third from left, lunges across the finish line to win the 200 meters against Bremerton's Tyishea McWhorter, center, and Maddie Pruden during the 2A Olympic League sub-district track and field meet Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Cullen won the event in 25.73 seconds, a personal record. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

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