Spartan boys take second at state

June 1, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, flings himself out of the sand pit after his final leap in the final round of the long jump. His longest distance of 24 feet, 1.25 inches came in second place. Williams won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump. By Greg Farrar

Junior Kasen Williams paces Skyline with two seconds, one first

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams is still chasing the 50-foot mark in the triple jump. However, he has plenty to be happy about after taking a first-place and two second-place medals home from the 2010 state 4A track-and-field meet.Williams won the triple jump with a leap of 47-06, seven inches farther than Lewis and Clark’s Levi Taylor.

“Anytime you win state, you should be happy,” Williams said of his strong performance.

Williams came close to taking the high jump title, but a slip on his final attempt for 7 feet sent him crashing into the pad and left him in second place. He cleared 6-10. Mead’s A.J. Maricich cleared 7 feet.

“I knew he was going to come with that fire like last year,” Williams said about Maricich’s uncanny abilities.

The Skyline boys track and field team placed second in state 4A competition May 27-29 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. The team accrued a total of 38 points and beat out Wenatchee by three points and Tahoma by six points. Mead won the meet with 82.5 points.

The Skyline girls placed 10th in state with 19 points and the boys of Eastlake took 12th place overall with 16 points.

In addition to Williams’ triple and high jump performances, he took second in the long jump. Going into the final flight, both Williams and Rahmel Dockery, of Curtis, had leapt 24-01.25. Neither jumped farther than that in the final, but since Dockery posted a higher mark (24-00 to Williams’ 23-02), he won the state 4A title.

Williams scratched on his first two jumps in the final and played it safe on the third attempt, jumping well before the line.

“I think that (final jump) would have got it for me,” he said. Although he had reasonable hopes of winning all three titles, Williams appreciated the level of competition. “That’s what’s it’s all about. That’s what we thrive on.”

Adding to Williams’ scores, the Skyline boys excelled in the relays, taking third in both the 4×400 (3:19.98) and 4×100 (42.73).

Liberty boys come in seventh

The Liberty boys placed seventh in the state 3A competition with 28 points. Liberty girls placed 38th in state with two points.

Among the meet’s highlights for the Patriots was the 4×400 relay team’s second-place finish. The team ran the race in 3:21.47, just 0.07 seconds behind the winning White River team. Peter Stacy earned a top-three finish in the boys javelin throw with a toss of 175-05, 13 feet and one inch from winner Tanner Lien, of Bellevue. Stacy also took seventh in the discus (146-02).

Liberty senior Eric Bice took sixth in the 800, running it in 1:57.93. Runners faced the challenge of a headwind on the final straightaway that made them feel the burn more than usual, Bice said.

“I was so cold, my muscles felt really tight,” he said after the race.

Competing at state this year was tougher because of the colder weather and, personally, felt he expended too much energy just qualifying for the finals, he said.

“I didn’t really have any kick with 100 yards to go,” Bice said with a hint of disappointment.

In the boys long jump, Liberty sophomore Joshua Gordon took second with a leap of 22-02. Marquis Davis, of Rainier Beach, jumped 22-03 to win. Liberty’s Devin Bennett took eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 44-08.

The Liberty girls 4×200 relay team placed seventh (1:47.13).

Issaquah girls place 20th

The Eagles girls team placed 20th overall with 13 points.

Junior Haley Jacobson led the efforts for Issaquah, placing fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100. She and Skyline’s Shea O’Donnell continued their friendly rivalry at state. In the 200, both girls finished with a time of 25.77 seconds. However, O’Donnell took fourth in the 100 with a time of 12.64 to Jacobson’s 12.81.

“It’s nice to have a familiar face at state,” said Jacobson as she stood next to O’Donnell after the 100.

In many of the races May 29, wind seemed to be a factor.

“It obviously makes your time slower, but I didn’t even notice it, because I’m so focused on the finish line,” O’Donnell said. “It’s cool to push each other.”

Issaquah sophomore Eva Perry took fourth in a contentious girls 4A pole vault competition. The match heated up as five girls cleared 11-00 and moved up to 11-03, then 11-06. Perry missed her first attempt at 11-09 while her opponents from Mead, Kent Meridian and Auburn Riverside, cleared it without trouble. But on her second vault, Perry cleared 11-09, setting a new personal record by 3 inches. When she was finished, Perry had cleared 12 feet.

“I’m pleased,” she said. “It’s always good to PR.”

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242 or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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