Lady Spartans tear up the track in city tri-meet

May 12, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Issaquah boys defeat Liberty, Skyline May 7

Ryan Tiernan, of Issaquah, races to win the 110-meter hurdles race against athletes from Skyline and Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Ryan Tiernan, of Issaquah, races to win the 110-meter hurdles race against athletes from Skyline and Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School hurdler Ryan Tiernan nearly walked an entire lap around the infield to catch his breath after winning the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles event May 7. 

He already knew he was headed to the KingCo 4A meet, but his first-place 40.2 seconds was his lifetime best. 

It was a good 1.2 seconds faster than Liberty’s Troy Solly, but still, it took a while to calm down after a run like that.

“I could have run it better, but overall, I’m pretty happy with what I did,” Tiernan said, still breathing hard. “I wasn’t too worried going into the race.”

Tiernan also won the 110-meter hurdles (15.5 seconds) and was on the winning 4×100-meter relay team. He helped the Issaquah boys earn 73.5 points in a victory over Liberty (63) and Skyline (43.5) in the Issaquah School District meet at Skyline.Liberty had seven first-place finishers, including Alex Leonard in the 200-meters (23.4 seconds), Mitchell Byron in the 400-meters (50.7 seconds), the 4×400-meter relay team (3:26.2), Peter Stacy in the javelin (162-0) and discus (124-4) and Eric Bice in the 800 meters. Bice beat Skyline rival Simon Sorensen by 1.5 seconds, coming in at 1:58.7.

“I had a goal of beating two minutes and I’m just glad I got that,” Bice said after crossing the finish line in the 800. “It’s what I expected to run to be right where I want to be.”

Issaquah’s Kevin LeMond came in third in 2:01.6. 

Although Sorensen got second in the 800, he won the mile earlier in the day with a time of 4:28.9. 

Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway won the pole vault, clearing 13 feet. 

The Skyline girls tore it up once again in the relays, sprints and jumps, garnering 86 points to win. The Issaquah girls finished with 71 points and Liberty had 30. 

Skyline won the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. Rachel Butenko held the lead for the Lady Spartans in the 4×100, finishing in 48.4 seconds, just 1.1 seconds ahead of Issaquah. 

“We definitely weren’t expecting (to win), but we have been working really hard,” said Skyline senior Kiara Williams after the 4×100. “Nothing is easy here on out.”

Williams also won the triple jump with a leap of 33-11.5 and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (16 seconds). Skyline’s Amber Dodd won the 300-meter hurdles (46.5 seconds) and placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.2 seconds). 

Skyline’s Shealee O’Donnell won the 100 meters in 12.2 seconds with Liberty’s Kelsey Werre coming in second with a time of 12.3 seconds.

Issaquah’s girls dominated the distance events. Kaley Allison won the 400 meters in 1 minute flat; Olivia Schmoe won the 800 meters in 2:28.3 and Haida Ikeda won the 1600 meters in 5:28.6.

The Liberty girls took top marks in the 4×400-meter relay, putting up a season-best time of 4:04.1. 

“That was actually the best time they’ve run all year,” coach Mark Little said after the meet. “Right now, they’re second in state in 3A.”

Members of all three teams will compete at the KingCo Championships May 13 and 15 at Eastlake High School. 

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