King’s Schools hosted its 33rd King’s Invitational on April 21st, bringing together 24 Christian schools and 570 athletes from Washington, Idaho and Oregon for a day of competition and fellowship.
This year, King’s boys and girls track teams both won the titles. Nampa Christian of Idaho took second place for boys and Northwest Christian in Lacey, WA took second place for girls. Silas Newby won the boys long jump with a jump of 21’6.75. Gabe Grimm won the pole vault with a jump of 9’0. Naomi Smith won the girls 1600 meters with a time of 5:18.58. Emma Culberson won the girls 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.78. Pierce Papke won the boys 300 meter hurdles with a time of 41.26. Brennon Blevins, Nikko McNeal, Silas Newby and Michael Gabelein won the boys 400 meter relay with a time of 45.17. Silas Newby, Cameron Chew, Pierce Papke and Michael Gabelein won the boys 1600 meter relay with a time of 3:33.39. Kobby Solomon placed second in both the shot put and discus with huge personal records.
The King’s Invitational started in 1986 when Coach and Athletic Director Dan Blackmer turned his vision of an all Christian school track meet into a reality. It has since grown into the largest Christian school invitational on the West Coast. Coach Blackmer is still the driving force in organizing the event.
First year Head Coach Rod Wilcox said, “It was truly an honor to host this legendary event as a first year head coach. The coaching staff, the team and most of all the volunteers stepped up to represent our school in an amazing way. I continue my tenure here at King’s for just this reason.” Coach Wilcox has been the assistant track coach for 26 years and the head cross country coach for 21 years.
As our teams move into the post season, the boys will be looking to defend their 2017 Team State Championship. Our girls, who placed 4th in 2017, will be working hard toward their goal of moving up the podium in 2018. We wish them the best!