Patriots trample Beavers in season’s second dual meet victory
April 5, 2011
By Bob Taylor
The Liberty High School track and field program headed for this week’s spring break feeling rather good about the season. Both the boys and girls teams had easily won their first two dual meets of the season and captured team titles at the Liberty Invitational.
Liberty’s most recent success came March 31 when the Patriots hosted Ballard, a member of the 4A KingCo Conference. The Liberty boys won 114-30 and the girls were victorious 110-40.
“With the exception of district rivals Skyline and Issaquah, who are always strong, I like competing against 4A schools,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said.
Liberty had two athletes who captured four first places in the meet — Joshua Gordon and Ida Bakke.
Gordon, a junior, tuned up for this week’s prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles by winning the 100 meters (11.2 seconds), 200 (22.9), high jump (6-feet-2 inches) and long jump (21 feet, 9 3/4 inches).
“He’s done everything to get ready for this season,” Smith said. “He will be going down to Arcadia where some of the best in the country will be competing. It will be interesting to see how he does down there.”
Smith hopes to see Gordon leap at least 23 feet in the long jump at Arcadia. He has hit that mark in practice. Gordon set a school record in the long jump last year and recently went 22-4 1/2 in a KingCo meet. He also set a school record recently in the 100 by sprinting 10.8.
In the Ballard meet, Dylan Clark had a pair of first places as he captured the 110 and 300 hurdles. Other Liberty first places came from Chris Volk (400), Hiron Redmond (800), Kevin Ahrens (shot put), Craig Werre (javelin), Chase Kenney (pole vault) and Devin Bennett (triple jump). Liberty also won the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
Bakke, an exchange student from Norway, has been a pleasant surprise for the Patriots. She ran cross country in the fall, but this spring, Bakke has been concentrating on the jumps and hurdles.
“She has been doing real well,” Smith said.
Against Ballard, Bakke won the 100 and 300 hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.
Other first places came from Madison Birdsall (200), Megan Chucka (800), Amy Broska(1,600), Megan Larson (3,200), Morgan Safley (shot put), Sofie Safley (discus), Anna Frodsham (javelin), Jessica Pickering (high jump) and Danielle Richards (pole vault).
Birdsall, Delane Agnew, Stacy Christensen and Elizabeth Ryker composed the Patriots’ winning 4×200 relay. Michaela Chucka, Birdsall, Agnew and Ryker were Liberty’s winning 4×400 relay.
Issaquah girls charge past Roosevelt
It’s getting to be an old routine for Issaquah’s Eva Perry. She broke her own school record in the pole vault for the fourth time March 31 in a 4A KingCo Conference meet at Roosevelt. Perry went 12 feet, which ranks second in the state and first in the conference. She easily took first place in the event against Roosevelt as Issaquah raced to an 89-52 victory.
Issaquah’s McKenna Hogan came close to a school record in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 3 1/2 inches to finish first. She came within 3/4 of an inch of the school record. It was also the longest jump by an Issaquah girl in 36 years. Hogan, a sophomore, has made a fantastic comeback. Last spring she was unable to jump because she had broken a leg playing soccer during the fall of 2009. Although she recovered in time to run sprints in track, the leg wasn’t strong enough to land on in jumps.
In addition, Haley Jacobson had a pair of first places. Jacobson won the 100 meters in 12.9 seconds and the 200 in 26.5. She anchored Issaquah’s winning 4×200 and 4×400 relays. Teammates Lauren Bruner and Katie Zhong each had two first places, too. Bruner won the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Zhong captured the discus and javelin.
In the boys meet, Issaquah whipped Roosevelt 90-53. Jorrell Dorsey finished first in the 200 and the long jump. He also anchored the Eagles’ winning 4×400 relay.
Williams soars 6-10
Skyline’s Kasen Williams finished first in the high jump April 1 at the Eastmont Invitational by soaring 6-10, which leads the state. Williams also won the long jump by going 23 1/2.
Damian Greene, of Skyline, finished first in the 100 and second in the 200. Skyline placed fifth as a team with 74 points.
In a KingCo meet March 31, Skyline finished second at Newport. The host Knights had 70 points, Skyline 51 and Mount Si was third with 48.
Williams won the 200 and long jump. He also ran on the Spartans’ winning 4×100 relay.
Greene (100), Kyle Branch (800), Keegan Symmes (1,600), Ryan Rixon (3,200) also had first places for the Spartans.
The Skyline girls finished first at Newport with 72 points. Mount Si was second with 65 and Newport third with 53.
Skyline got first places from Kaylie Greninger (200), Jordan Branch (400), Samantha Krahling (1,600), Haley Ziegler (shot put), Elena Frerker (discus), and Ashley Richardson (high jump). The Spartans also won the 4×100 relay and the 4×200 relay.
At the Eastmont Invitational, the Skyline girls finished fourth with 91.5 points.