Pole vaulter Eva Perry leads Eagles to new heights in win over Patriots

April 27, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Liberty boys return the favor

Eva Perry, Issaquah sophomore, breaks out in a big smile as she clears the pole vault bar April 22 to set a new school record of 11 feet, 4 inches. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls track team had a record-setting performance from pole vaulter Eva Perry April 22 as the Eagles defeated Liberty 94-52 in a KingCo Conference meet at Issaquah. The boys meet was won by Liberty as the Patriots nipped Issaquah 73-72.

Perry, a sophomore, set a new school mark in the pole vault by soaring 11 feet, 4 inches to break the old record of 11-3 set by Kiki Sugano in 2001.

“She’s been looking really good and improving pretty much every week,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said. “Nothing seems to phase her. She’s a pretty calm kid, so that helps her in that event.”

Perry said breaking the record felt great, and that the key to performing well was focus.

Issaquah’s Michael Baba, a junior, recorded the longest javelin throw in seven years with a throw of 162-2, and teammate Daniel Fleischman, a senior, recorded the longest discus throw in the past seven years with a throw of 124-9. Baba’s throw was the eighth longest in school history, and Fleischman’s was just 32 inches short of making the school’s top-15 list.

Although Fleischman is a senior, this is his first year on the track team.

“I wish we had him a few years earlier,” Robertson said.

While Issaquah girls dominated, Liberty coach Mike Smith said the boys meet came down to the final event.

“One point is a little too close,” Smith said, adding that he expected the meet to be as close as it was.

He gave much credit to his thrower Peter Stacy, a senior, who swept the throwing events with throws of 46-5 on the shot put, 151-10 on the discus and 162-10 on the javelin, respectively.

“Peter won the meet for us,” Smith said. “If we didn’t have Peter, we would have lost.”

By Greg Farrar Arielle Walton, Issaquah senior, runs away from the field in the 1600-meter race, to finish 10 seconds faster than anyone in a time of 5 minutes, 32.4 seconds.

Despite the loss on the boys’ side, Robertson said the team performed well.

“A couple of things could have gone a different direction,” she said. “You never can predict how kids are going to perform.”

However, on the girls’ side of the meet, Issaquah simply overpowered Liberty, thanks to strong performances by Haley Jacobson, a junior, who took first place in the 100-meter race and the 200-meter race with times of 12.8 seconds and 26.2 seconds, respectively. She also helped lead Issaquah to victories in the 400 and 800 relays.

“The Issaquah district is a very competitive district, so it felt good,” Jacobson said. “It’s not Skyline, but it feels good. I’m waiting for Skyline.”

Issaquah girls come in second at invitational

Jacobson won the 100 and 200, and Perry captured the pole vault April 24 as the Issaquah girls finished second at the Bellevue Invitational.

Issaquah compiled 65 points to finish behind first-place Inglemoor, which had 102.

Jacobson won the 100 in 12.52 and the 200 in 26.13. She also ran as a member of the Eagles’ winning 400 relay team, which took first in 51.61. Kim Varney, Mckenna Hogan and Lauren Bruner were other members of the relay team.

Perry went 11 feet to win the pole vault.

Liberty was 14th in the meet.

In the boys meet, Liberty placed 14th and Issaquah came in 16th.

No boy from Liberty or Issaquah won an event. However, Stacy was third in the discus and javelin.

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