Skyline boys take 4A KingCo title

May 18, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Issaquah falls back to fifth place, Liberty second in 3A meet

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, hits the sand on this triple jump at 49 feet, 3.75 inches to win the 4A KingCo championship May 14 at Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline boys track team is 2010 KingCo 4A champs after scoring 127 points in the league meet May 12 and 14 at Eastlake High School. The Issaquah boys placed fifth overall with 63.5 points.

And although the Skyline girls track team failed to win the KingCo 4A meet for the first time in nine seasons, they had plenty to be happy about after their second-place finish. The team tallied 101.33 points May 14, behind Inglemoor’s 149. Issaquah placed fifth with 59 points.

In the 3A competition, the Liberty boys finished second in KingCo with 167 points May 12 and 14 at Eastlake. Bellevue won with 189. The girls of Liberty took fourth in KingCo after scoring 130 points.

Among the day’s most contentious events were the 100- and 200-meter sprints between Issaquah’s Haley Jacobson and Skyline’s Shealee O’Donnell. O’Donnell, a senior, won the 100 by 0.08 seconds. She finished in 12.42 seconds, to Jacobson’s 12.50 seconds. But Jacobson won the 200 in 25.45 seconds, just ahead of O’Donnell, who ran it in 25.58 seconds.

“We love it. We just push each other,” Jacobson, a junior, said about their competitive but friendly relationship. “She is a magnificent runner.”

O’Donnell gave her team credit for pushing her each day at practice, as well as the cross-district rivalry with Jacobson. She said the win gives her the necessary confidence to compete at districts.

“When I run my fastest, it’s when I run against her,” O’Donnell said.

On the boys’ side, Skyline senior Alex Lee captured both the 100 and 200 titles, finishing in 11.01 seconds and 22.16 seconds, respectively.

“KingCo this year is really competitive,” he said after winning the 100.

Helping Skyline’s cause, Kasen Williams swept the jumping events in the 4A boys competition, which didn’t seem to surprise anyone. The three-sport standout leapt to the state’s highest mark this year in the triple jump, 49-3.75, won the long jump with a mark of 23-10.5 and took first in the high jump, clearing 6-10. Eastlake’s W. Devin Bennett came in second in the long and triple jump events, measuring 20-11 and 41-11.25 respectively.

“I’ve never jumped on a good (sunny) day,” Williams said after hitting the winning mark in the triple jump. The jump was a personal best by 1 foot, 3 inches, he said.

After two jumps, he said he was able to summon the leg strength because he stayed focused on his form. Most jumpers lose their form after they are airborne. It takes plenty of power and leg strength to stretch into the sand pit, he said.

“I’m lucky enough to still have that power,” Williams said.

Skyline also won the 4×100 relay with a time of 42.69 seconds. Eastlake took first in the 4×400 relay, finishing in 3:23.03.

Senior Eric Bice and Joshua Gordon highlighted Liberty’s league meet with wins in the 800 and 1,600 races and the high and long jump, respectively. Bice finished the 800 in 1:55.37, not even a half-second ahead of Michael Williams, of Bellevue. And he took first in the 1,600 with a time of 4:21.06, 2.6 seconds in front of Williams.

Gordon out-jumped Mount Si’s Joe Farmer to win the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches. He won the long jump, measuring 21-03.5. Gordon’s teammate Devin Bennett placed second with a leap of 21 feet even.

Both Hamilton Noel and Alex Faulkner cleared 11-00 in the pole vault, placing first and second.

Senior hurdler Troy Solly also did well for the Patriots, placing first in the 300 hurdles and second in the 110 hurdles. Solly finished the 300 hurdles in 40.16 seconds and the 110 hurdles in 15.59 seconds.

The Liberty boys finished second in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:25.98. And thrower Peter Stacy won the javelin (186-03) and the discus (147-04). He also placed second in the shot put, throwing a mark of 48-04, 1 foot, 6 inches short of Bellevue’s Willie Gervais.

The Liberty girls found success in the relays at KingCo. They won the 4×200 and 4×400 relays, finishing in 1:47.81 and 4:07.31, respectively. Junior Madison Birdsall anchored both races. Liberty won the 4×100 by 1.25 seconds. And Birdsall made the difference after the team lagged behind in the first 600 meters.

“I told myself, ‘Keep going,’” she said after the race.

Issaquah’s Alexander Farmer and Josh Martyn both had a tough time against Eastlake’s Jeff Sloat in the hurdles events. Farmer took second to Sloat in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.53 seconds and Martyn finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.79 seconds.

Distance runner, Kevin LeMond, of Issaquah, took third in the 800 (1:57.98). Teammate Chris Brasino finished third in the 3,200 with a time of 9:40.10.

For the Skyline girls, Amber Dodd took third in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles. She finished in 15.64 seconds and 45.07 seconds, respectively. The Lady Spartans placed second in both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, coming in at 48.94 seconds and 1:44.36, respectively.

In the javelin, Skyline’s Devyn Heimbeck placed second with a throw of 174-11, just seven inches short of Newport’s Nick Eisenhauer’s mark. Michael Baba, of Issaquah, threw 173-09 for third place. Junior Haley Ziegler won the girls javelin for Skyline with a throw of 117-11. She also placed third in the discus (97-07), behind teammate, Elena Frerker, who threw a second-place mark of 102-03.

Issaquah’s Eva Perry won the pole vault event with a vault of 11 feet. Teammate Mallory Cooke placed second with a jump of 9-06.

“It was a really great day,” Perry said after clearing the winning height. “I think it’s gonna go well at districts.”

The top area athletes will compete at the 4A District 2 and 4 and the 2B Tri-District championship meets May 21 and 22.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment at

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