Skyline’s Kasen Williams wins high jump 4A title

June 2, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Others shine at state meet

Johanna Carr (left) and Haley Jacobson hug after racing side by side for their last 100-yard dash together. By Greg Farrar

Johanna Carr (left) and Haley Jacobson hug after racing side by side for their last 100-yard dash together. By Greg Farrar

Skyline sophomore Kasen Williams again impressed with his high-flying abilities May 28-30 at the Washington State Track and Field Meet in Tacoma. 

Not only can he haul in diving catches on the football field, but he also proved he can out-leap just about every jumping-event competitor in the state. 

The standout multisport athlete won the 4A high jump with a leap of 6-10, a height he had not previously cleared in competition. He also placed top three in two other events

Williams said he had been working on improving his run-up to the bar all week. He said he had to pretend every bar setting was lower than it actually was.

“I worry about what I need to do and not get caught up in what everybody else does,” he said at the meet May 30. “I got the speed and made the leap to 6-10.” 

Several other Issaquah-area athletes found success at the state meet at Mount Tahoma High School as well. There were a few disappointments, but in the end, the Skyline girls and boys teams placed fifth (29 points) and eighth (25 points) respectively. Issaquah’s girls finished sixth with 28.33 points and the boys had two points. The Liberty girls placed 11th in state with 21.25 points and the boys had eight points.Williams took second in the boys’ triple jump, reaching 47-10.25 — a personal best by about a foot and a half — and placed third in the long jump with a measurement of 23-05. 

Coming into state, “just getting on the podium was one of my goals. I’ll still take third place,” Williams said after his final jump. “You can’t be mad at third place at state.”

Among Liberty’s top performers at the meet was Kelsey Werre, who placed fourth in the 200-meters with a time of 25.52 seconds. She was also on the fourth-place 4×200-meter relay team (1:44.61), which included Alli Agnew, Haile Erickson and Madison Birdsall. 

The same girls went on to finish second in the 3A 4×400-meter relay, with a time of 3:56.48. In the pole vault, Liberty’s Krista Lockhart took sixth place after clearing 9-06. 

Sophomore Chandler Jenkins had a satisfactory run at state. He jumped 44-00.25, which led to a sixth-place triple jump finish. 

“I wasn’t really surprised with the competition,” Jenkins said. “It felt great. It was a good finishing jump for the year.” 

Patriot distance runner Eric Bice placed fifth in the 1600-meters in 4:17.60 and he was also part of the eighth-place 4×400-meter relay (3:35.77). 

Skyline’s Alex Lee had a disappointing run in the 200-meter dash. He had maintained a top time in 4A this spring, but failed to advance to the final at state. He also missed the cut to advance to the 100-meter dash final. 

Standout cross country runner Simon Sorensen, of Skyline, finished eighth in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.81. 

“I had nothing left with 200 (meters) to go,” Sorensen said while trying to recuperate from the half-mile sprint.

Skyline girls’ long jumper and sprinter Kaylyn Berry earned second in the long jump event (18-02.25).

Although a slow final handoff led to the Skyline girls’ 4×200 relay team missing the cut for the finals, the Lady Spartan 4×100 team powered past the competition to grab a second-place ranking in 48.29 seconds. It was just behind Bellarmine Prep, which ran it in 47.40 seconds. Issaquah placed fourth with a time of 48.85 seconds. 

“It was good. Me and Kaylyn’s handoff wasn’t as good as always. Our goal was to keep with Bellarmine Prep, so we could break our (school) record of 47.7,” anchor Rachel Butenko said after finishing the race. “It would’ve been nice to win … but we trained the best we could’ve.” 

Issaquah also made it to the 4×200 relay final and came out in third place. Haley Jacobson anchored for Kim Varney, Kaley Allison and Johanna Carr and finished in 1:42.54. Eagle pole vaulter Eva Perry was the lone freshman in the state 4A vaulting competition and ended with an eighth-place 10-foot jump. 

Amber Dodd placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles for Skyline, with times of 45.99 seconds and 15.42 seconds respectively. 

In the 200-meter dash, Skyline’s Shealee O’Donnell, 4A district champ, placed seventh with a finish of 25.31 seconds. The junior took third in the 100-meter dash in 12.03 seconds, just .01 and .04 seconds faster than Issaquah’s Haley Jacobson and Johanna Carr.

“I really wanted it,” said Carr, who placed second in the prelims and held the top 100-meter time in KingCo 4A. “I kept it in my head to keep my form. I think I did OK. It seemed I should have done better, but things don’t always work out.”

Jacobson ran the 200 in 24.64 seconds and took second behind Bellarmine Prep’s Kelly Jacka (24.24 seconds). 

The Mead boys won the 4A team title with 49 points and North Central won the 3A title with 52 points. Bellarmine Prep won the girls’ team 4A title, accumulating 56 points, and Rainier Beach took the 3A championship with 65 points.

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