Liberty High School track team excels at meet

April 27, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

After spending much of the spring practicing and competing in inclement weather, the Liberty High School track team got a treat April 23, when the Patriots competed in the Viking Relays at Tacoma’s Curtis High School.

There was no rain. After being a no-show for most of the track season, El Sol finally appeared.

The Liberty boys made the most of the pleasant spring day as they finished first in the team standings. Liberty totaled 57.95 points to top second-place King’s, which had 55.9 points. The Patriots’ girls team also fared well, placing third.

“It proved to be a wonderful meet. It wasn’t windy. It was just a gorgeous day. We actually had some sunburns,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said.

The highlight of the meet for Liberty came in the 4×400-meter relay, where the Patriots finished first in a season-best time of 3 minutes, 25.80 seconds. Devin Bennett, Joshua Gordon, Hamilton Noel and Hiron Redmon made up the relay team.

All members of the relay team had a busy day.

Gordon finished second in the triple jump with his best effort of the season, going 43 feet, 2 3/4 inches. He also placed second in the long jump by going 23-7 1/2 and third in the high jump by going 6-2.

Noel cleared 13 feet in the pole vault and finished second. He barely missed setting the school record.

“On his third and final attempt, he just brushed the bar at 13-6,” Smith said.

Bennett was sixth in the triple jump at 42-5 1/4 and eighth in the long jump at 20-8 1/4

Liberty also finished second in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:06.16. Joseph Bergmann, Scott Turner, Nick Knoblich and Redmon made up the relay team.

In the girls competition, Liberty had 47.95 points. King’s was first with 62.94 points and host Curtis was second with 55.99 points.

Amy Broska, of Liberty, finished first in the 1,600 in 5:26.09. The Patriots’ 4×400 relay team of Delane Agnew, Madison Birdsall, Elizabeth Ryker and Michaela Chucka finished first in a season-best time of 4:09.43. The distance medley relay team of Aimee Christensen, Chucka, Rachel Shaw and Megan Larson was third in 13:11.60.

“It was just a great day. I think everyone was so happy that it wasn’t raining,” Smith said. “When you have nice weather, it’s so nice to see the kids step up and do well.”

Overall, it was good week for the Patriots. Both Liberty teams defeated Juanita in an April 21 3A/2A KingCo Conference in their final home meet of the season.

The Liberty boys defeated Juanita 92-52. Gordon had a big day by winning the 100 (11.0), 200 (22.8), long jump (21-11 3/4) and triple jump (42-3 3/4). Kevin Ahrens had two first places, winning the shot put and discus.

Other first places for Liberty came from Bennett (400), Redmon (800), Knoblich (1,600), Noel (pole vault), Tyler Westenbroek (3,200), Craig Werre (javelin), Bergmann (high jump) and the 4×400 relay team.

The Liberty girls defeated Juanita, 96-54. It was a special meet for Birdsall, whose father Steve passed away in February. She won the 400 in a school-record time of 58.7. Birdsall fulfilled a prophetic dream in the process.

“She had a dream that she was supposed to do it at that meet. She had a lot of motivation for that race. She just banked it out. She was so far out in front of everyone,” Smith said. “It was really neat to see it happen.”

Birdsall, a senior, also won the 200 in 27.2 and ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams.

“She just had an incredible week,” Smith said.

Emily Pestl-Dimmitt had a big day, too. She finished first in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, javelin and high jump. Broska also captured the 1,600 and 3,200. In addition, Chucka won the 800 and Danielle Richards was first in the pole vault.

Issaquah boys finish first

The Issaquah High School boys team defeated Woodinville and Redmond in a three-team 4A KingCo Conference meet April 21 at Redmond.

Issaquah had 85 points to easily finish first. Woodinville was second with 61 points and Redmond came in third with 35.

Kyle Farmer won the 100 and 200, and long jump for Issaquah. He also ran a leg for the Eagles’ winning 4×100 relay team, which finished first in 44.8 seconds. Allen Su, Alex Rylander and Jorrell Dorsey were other members of the relay team. Trevor Dolan, Su, Isaac Robinson and Dorsey made up the Eagles’ winning 4×400 relay team.

Other first places for Issaquah came from Dorsey (triple jump), Turner Wiley (3,200) and Mike Baba (javelin).

In the girls meet, Issaquah finished second to Redmond. The Eagles had 71 points while the first-place Mustangs had 81.5 points. Woodinville was third with 36.5 points.

Haley Jacobson, of Issaquah, won the 100 and 200 and anchored the Eagles’ first-place 4×200 relay team. Juliana da Cruz, Kim Varney and Mack Wieburg were other members of the relay team.

Lauren Bruner captured the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles for Issaquah. Other first places for the Eagles came from Ameilia Meigs (pole vault) and Mckenna Hogan (long jump).

Skyline girls tie for fourth

The Skyline High School girls team tied for fourth place at the Viking Classic April 23 at Lake Stevens High School.

Skyline had 70 points to tie Arlington and Lake Stevens. Gig Harbor was first with 117 points.

Haley Smith (800), Jordan Branch (3,200) and Haley Ziegler (javelin) had first places for Skyline.

In the boys competition, Skyline was seventh with 37 points. Jamon Rogers (800) and Kyle Branch (1,600) had first places for the Spartans.

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