Murdock sweeps hurdles at Skagit Showdown meet


April 19, 2023

La Conner High School hurdles standout Tommy Murdock took top honors in his races at the Skagit Showdown Meet in Sedro-Woolley last Wednesday.

Students from various sized schools competed, but Murdock was clearly in a class by himself.

The junior swept the boys' 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, hitting the finish line in 0:16.02 and 42.00, respectively.

The reigning state 2B hurdles champ placed a strong third in the 100-meter dash, clocking an 0:11.46 finish, behind Carsten Reynolds (0:11.17) and Connor Cox (0:11.29), both of host 2A Sedro-Woolley.

Murdock also ran a leg on the mile relay, joining Jacob Pommels, Isaiah Price and Thomas Kitchen for a second-place finish. They recorded a 3:47.64 finish in the 4x400 meter finale.

La Conner thrower Alexzander Martin also mined gold, winning the discus competition with a toss of 118'-2".

The Braves edged Mount Vernon Christian for third place on the leaderboard, trailing Sedro-Woolley and Burlington-Edison.

Simon Bouwens, Flint Huizenga, Lane Tenborg and Isaac Kitchen placed second in the 800-meter sprint medley relay, at 1:49.10. In the sprint relay, Pommels, Price, Thomas Kitchen and Kali Adams clinched third place at 0:47.16.

Pommels added an individual silver in the 200 meters, crossing the tape in 0:24.12. Bouwens finished fourth, four-tenths of a second behind Pommels.

On the girls' side, La Conner was paced by Morgan Huizenga, who was second in the javelin (79'-0") and fifth in the shot put (23'-11").

Addison Wigal picked up fourth place in the javelin, at 70'-9."

Maeve McCormick placed fifth in the long jump (13'-5") and 400 meters (1:09.84) and seventh in the 100 meters 0:13.96) as her team finished fourth in the girls' standings.

Lydia Grossglass edged McCormick for sixth place in the 100 with a 0:13.95 clocking.

The team took part in another highly competitive non-conference test, venturing into the Cascades for the Cashmere Invitational Track & Field Meet Saturday.

Murdock, Martin and Price again led the way. Murdock bettered his 110-meter hurdles time with a 0:15.58 finish but settled for second place behind Porter Wilhite of 1A Lynden, who ran a 0:15.51. Martin was second in the discus with a 112'-5" heave and Price was second in the javelin at 145'-7".

Murdock took fifth in the 100-meter dash (0:11.78) and joined Pommels, Brendan Kitchen and Thomas Kitchen to finish fourth in the 4x400 relay with a 3:46.07 finish.

Pommels contributed a fourth in the 200 (0:23.58) and an eighth in the 100 (0:11.93) and the team tallied 41 points for fifth out of 17. Lynden ran away with the boys' title, amassing 157 points. Cashmere was the runner-up with a 104.5 score.

The Lady Braves notched their lone point at Cashmere with an eighth-place finish in the 4x100 sprint relay. Huizenga, McCormick, Wigal and Grossglass ran a 056.19.


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