Skyline races to win first meet of the year

March 29, 2011

By Staff

Skyline High School senior Kyle Branch didn’t even look like he was trying as he rounded the final curve on his way to a win in the 1,600-meter race against Woodinville.

Skyline High School’s Chase Premone (right) hands the baton off to Christian John during the boys 4x100 relay race March 24 at Skyline High School. By Christopher Huber

The standout distance runner finished way ahead of the competition, but afterward said he was actually trying to conserve energy for his next events, the 3,200 and the 4×400-meter relay.

“It was a nice, relaxed pace,” he said.

He finished in 4 minutes, 47.2 seconds.

His wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 (10:04.1) helped the Skyline boys to an 82-55 season-opening 4A KingCo Conference win March 24 against the Falcons. The Skyline girls also beat Woodinville, 88-62, despite lacking points from key returning players like high jumper Sydne Tingey, who was out with an injury.

Williams leads Skyline boys

Perennial star Kasen Williams was a leader on the boys’ team, winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 9 inches and the long jump with a mark of 21 feet. Teammate Blake Young pulled his weight in the sprints events. He won the 100 in a time of 11.4 seconds, as well as the 200, with a time of 24.2 seconds.

Trevon Clark rounded out Skyline’s sprints sweep with a win in the 400-meter race. He crossed the finish line in 54.4 seconds. In the 800-meter race, Skyline’s Drew Matthews won with a time of 2:05.4.

Other than Garrett Corlis’ 153-7 mark in the javelin, the Spartans struggled in the throwing competition. Woodinville’s Jacob Hollister won the shot put with a toss of 41-7.5. He also won the discus event, heaving it 132-8.

The Skyline relays looked to establish their winning ways again early in the season. Young, Charles Premone, Christian John and Dominic Sblendorio won the 4×100 relay in 45.3 seconds. Clark, Branch, Williams and Jay Bowlby won the 4×400 relay in 3:39.7.

In the girls meet, thrower Haley Ziegler took both the shot put and discus. She won the shot put event with a throw of 28-9 and the discus with a toss of 87-11. Skyline’s Lindsey Coutts also won two events. She cleared 5-0 in the high jump and leapt 14-9 in the long jump.

Marissa Fortier took first in the triple jump, measuring 30-3.5. Skyline’s Michelle Bretl won the 100 (13.2 seconds) and Dorie Dalzell won the 200 (27.8 seconds). As the girls will try to compete again in the relays, Skyline got off to a good start, winning the 4×100 relay in 53.6 seconds, the 4×200 relay in 1:49.80 and the 4×400 relay in 4:18.3.

Josh Gordon sets records for Liberty

Josh Gordon set two school records March 24 as he sparked the Liberty High School boys track and field team to a 82-57 victory against host Lake Washington in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet.

Gordon went 10.8 seconds to win the 100 meters. He broke Liberty’s oldest record, set in 1980. Gordon leaped 22 feet, 4 1/2 inches to win the long jump and broke a record he set last year. The Liberty junior rounded out his day by capturing the high jump by going 6-3.

Devin Bennett, of Liberty, won the 200 and the discus.

In the girls meet, the Patriots won 108-39. Liberty swept all three relays. Ida Bakke captured the long jump and the triple jump. Alexis McGinnis won the shot put and discus. Emily Pestl-Dimmitt took the 100 hurdles and javelin.

Both Liberty teams finished first March 26 in the Liberty Invitational. The Liberty boys had a first-place total of 163 points. Yelm was second with 121. The Liberty girls finished first with 206 points and Yelm was second with 144.

In the boys meet, Gordon had another busy and successful day. He won the high jump and long jump. Gordon also ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4×400 relay team. Tyler Westenbroek, of Liberty, won the 1,600 and 3,200. Bennett captured the 400 and anchored the 4×400 relay team. Hiron Redmon won the 800 and also ran as a member of the winning relay team.

In the girls meet, Megan Chucka won the 1,600 and the 3,200. Other first places came from Madison Birdsall (100), Elizabeth Ryker (200), Pestl-Dimmitt (javelin), Bakke (long jump) and Danielle Richards (pole vault). Liberty also won the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

Eagles sweep Garfield

The Issaquah track teams defeated Garfield March 24. The Issaquah boys won 93-52 and the girls won 83-63.

In the girls meet, Kim Varney won the 200 and 400. She also ran as a member of Issaquah’s winning 800 and 1,600 relay teams. In the boys meet, Mike Baba won the shot put and javelin. Jorrell Dorsey won the long jump. He also ran as a member of the Eagles’ winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams.

On March 26, Issaquah competed in the Kent-Meridian Invitational. The girls finished fourth. Haley Jacobson won the 200 and Eva Perry captured the pole vault.

The Issaquah boys tied for 18th place.

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