Liberty, Skyline boys win district track championships

May 25, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Joshua Gordon, Liberty sophomore, wondered on May 6 during the all-city track meet why he couldn’t come up with an extra quarter-inch to reach 21 feet in the long jump. His redemption came at the 3A Sea-King district meet, winning the event with a 21-foot, 10 1/2-inch leap. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline and Liberty high school boys track teams head to the state championship meet this week as district champions.

Skyline captured the 4A Bi-District meet title May 22 and Liberty took the 3A Sea-King District championship May 21 at the Southwest Complex in West Seattle.

Both schools, along with Issaquah, will send top qualifiers to the state competition, which this year is being held May 27-29 at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School.

One of the favorites for an individual 4A state championship is Skyline’s Kasen Williams, who took first place in the high jump at last year’s state meet.

Williams warmed up for this year’s state meet with a sensational performance at district. The Skyline junior won the high jump, triple jump and long jump. His efforts helped the Spartans compile 101 points to easily win the district title.

Skyview, of Vancouver, was second with 76. Issaquah had 41 points and tied Heritage, of Vancouver, for eighth place.

Williams won the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 6 inches. He captured the long jump by going 23-6 1/2, W. Devin Bennett, of Eastlake, was second at 21-4. Williams won the triple jump by going 47-5 3/4. Bennett was second again, going 43-5 1/4.

In addition to his jumping, Williams ran a leg of Skyline’s 1,600 relay that placed second in 3 minutes, 21.90 seconds. Skyview was first in 3:21.39.

Alex Lee gave Skyline a strong effort at district, too. He won the 100 meters in 11.15 seconds and took first place in the 200 in 22.39. He also ran as a member of the Spartans’ first-place 400 relay team. Skyline won the race in 42.61. Blake Young, Joey Kettel and Dustin Bratten were other members of the relay team.
The best race of the 4A meet came in the 3,200, where Redmond’s Mack Young came from behind to nip Issaquah’s Chris Brasino. Young had a winning time of 9:37.31. Brasino was second in 9:37.38. Kyle Branch, of Skyline, was third in 9:39.36.

“It was quite an exciting race,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said. “Chris went out and ran his own race and led until Mack caught him at the wire. I was very pleased with the way Chris ran.”

Brasino is the first Issaquah runner to qualify for state in the 3,200 since Jon Harding in 2004. Although he has qualified for state in cross country before, this is the first time Brasino has qualified for state in track.

Josh Martyn and Michael Baba, of Issaquah, also qualified for state. Martyn was third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.49. Baba was third in the javelin with a personal best throw of 170 feet. He is the first Issaquah javelin thrower to qualify for state since Phil Quigley in 2003.

Issaquah had two disappointments. Kevin LeMond, despite his best time of the season in the 800, finished fourth in the race. He ran a 1:56.0. The 400 relay team also took fourth. The top three finishers in each event qualified for state.

Patriots win first district title

Liberty won the 3A Sea-King District boys title for the first time May 21. The Patriots compiled 100 points to beat out 3A KingCo Conference champion Bellevue, in second with 87 points.

“We are pretty pleased with that,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said of the Patriots’ championship.

“All of the guys we were expecting to pick up points picked up points,” he said. “In fact, they picked up a lot of points.”

Liberty had two individual district champions and also won the 1,600 relay.

Peter Stacy, who has had an exceptional senior year in the throwing events, took first place in the javelin with a toss of 179-3. He also placed second in the discus with a throw of 145-10.

Stacy was fifth in the shot put, but failed to qualify for state in the event. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the 3A state meet.

Joshua Gordon won the long jump, going 21-10 1/2. Teammate Devin Bennett was third at 21-5 1/4. Gordon was also second in the high jump, going 6-2, far from his season’s best.

“He just missed 6-4 on his last attempt,” Smith said.

Chase Walker, of O’Dea, won the high jump at 6-4.

Bennett also placed second in the triple jump by going 41-11 1/2.

The Patriots beat out Bellevue in a thrilling 1,600 relay — Liberty finished in 3:23.66 and Bellevue was second in 3:23.98. Eric Bice sparked Liberty down the stretch as the Patriots, third earlier in the event, pulled out the victory. Troy Solly, Bennett and Gordon were other members of the Liberty relay team.

“It was a great race. Eric caught Michael Williams, of Bellevue, and the Rainier Beach runner,” Smith said. “It was kind of payback for Eric, who finished third to Williams in the 800.”

Williams got off to a tremendous start in the 800 and won the race in 1:53.72. Kyle Blume, of Bishop Blanchet, was second in 1:54.45; Bice took third in 1:54.87.

Bice beat Williams in the 1,600, finishing third in 4:22.99. Williams was fourth in 4:25.98.

“They will probably battle it out at state, too,”Smith said.

Smith said he believes the Patriots have a chance to finish among the top teams at state.

“It’s hard to tell how we will finish,” he said. “If the guys who have been scoring points for us do well, then we have a chance to do well.”

However, he said he believes North Central, of Spokane, is probably the team to beat.

“They have sprinters and distance runners,” he said. “They are really strong.”

Skyline girls second

The Skyline girls team finished second to Inglemoor at the 4A Bi-District Championships.

Inglemoor, which won the 4A KingCo Conference title the week before ending a streak of seven straight titles for Skyline, had 112 points. Skyline was second with 74. Issaquah took sixth place with 43 points.

Skyline’s Shealee O’Donnell won the 100 and 200. She won the 100 in 12.50 with Tee Tee Martin, of Heritage, second in 12.55 and Issaquah’s Haley Jacobson second in 12.56.

O’Donnell captured the 200 in 25.76 and Jacobson was close behind, finishing second in 25.86.

Skyline won the 800 relay in 1:42.46. Amber Dodd, Michelle Bretl, Kassia Fortier and O’Donnell made up the relay team. The Spartans also were second in the 400 relay with a time of 48.58, finishing close behind first-place Inglemoor. The Vikings won the race in 48.33. Dodd, Bretl, Fortier and O’Donnell made up Skyline’s 400 relay team.

Skyline’s 1,600 relay team just missed qualifying for state, placing fourth.

Dodd qualified for state in the 300 hurdles, taking third in 45.05. She missed qualifying for state in the 100 hurdles by placing fourth. Another disappointment for Skyline was in the discus, where Haley Ziegler was fourth.

Issaquah’s Eva Perry won the pole vault by going 11-6. Teammate Mallory Cooke was third at 10 feet.

“Eva has been very consistent all season,” Robertson said. “Mallory was a pleasant surprise.”

Cooke was seeded eighth going into the KingCo meet two weeks ago. She has improved 18 inches in two weeks.

Kelley Chen just missed qualifying for state in the javelin despite a throw of 114-11.

“We had some disappointments, but basically the kids who we thought would get to state did get to state,” Robertson said.

In the 3A district meet, Liberty was 11th with 26 points. Emily Pestl-Dimmitt qualified for state in the high jump and javelin, placing fourth in both events. The Patriots also took third in the 800 relay and third in the 1,600 relay.

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