Bragging rights will be on the line at track tri-meet

May 3, 2011

By Bob Taylor

District bragging rights will be on the line May 5 when the Liberty, Skyline and Issaquah high school track and field teams tangle at 4 p.m. in a regular-season ending meet in Issaquah’s Gary Moore Stadium.

Mike Baba, of Issaquah High School, aims his javelin-winning heave of 164 feet, 6 inches during the track and field meet April 28 against Eastlake. By Greg Farrar

Many athletes will use the meet to tune up for next week’s KingCo Conference championships at Juanita High School. However, head coaches for the three schools will still put together competitive lineups for the Issaquah District Meet, which annually showcases some of the top athletes in the state.

Certainly one of the headliners at this year’s meet will be Skyline’s Kasen Williams, who has the state’s best high jump at 6 feet, 11 inches and top triple jump at 48-3. Williams won the high jump and long jump April 30 at the Shoreline Invitational.

All three teams were in action last week and had some strong performances.

Patriots set records

Hamilton Noel and Madison Birdsall each set school records April 28 to help their Liberty High School track and field teams defeat host Interlake in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet. The Liberty boys won, 85-56, and the girls were victorious, 87-54.

Noel won the pole vault with a school-record effort of 13 feet, 6 inches. He also ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4×400-meter relay team. Nick Knoblich, Joseph Bergmann and Hiron Redmon were other members of the relay team.

Devin Bennett had a spectacular day as he captured four events for the Patriots. He won the high jump by going 6-3. Bennett won the 400 in 51.80, took the long jump with 19 feet, 1/4 inch, and won the triple jump by leaping 40 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Redmon won the 800.

Birdsall won the 400 in a school-record time of 58.30. She also ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay teams. Delane Agnew, Elizabeth Ryker and Stacy Christensen were other members of the 4×200 relay team. Ryker, Michaela Chucka and Agnew were other members of the 4×400 relay team.

Other Liberty first places came from Danielle Richards (100), Megan Chucka (1,600), Emily Pestl-Dimmitt (100 hurdles) and Shannon Powell (long jump).

The Liberty team was split April 30 with some of the boys at the Shoreline Invitational and some of the girls at the Lake Washington Invitational.

Joshua Gordon captured four medals at Shoreline. He finished second to Williams in the high jump by going 6-4 and was second to Williams in the long jump by going 23-3 1/4. Williams just edged Gordon, winning at 23-6 3/4.

Gordon was eighth in the 100 in 11.27 and ran as a member of the Patriots’ 4×400 relay team, which finished third in a season-best time of 3:25.25. Bennett, Noel and Redmon were other members of the relay team.

Bennett finished second in the triple jump by going 42-1 and was fifth in the 400.

Liberty tied with defending 3A state champion North Central for fourth place in the team standings. The meet drew 78 teams in all.

At the Lake Washington Invitational, the Liberty 1,600 relay team of Agnew, Michaela Chucka, Ryker and Aimee Christensen finished second in a season-best time of 4:07.86.

Issaquah track teams zip by Eastlake

The Issaquah High School boys and girls track teams both defeated visiting Eastlake in a 4A KingCo Conference meet. The Issaquah boys won, 98-46, and the Issaquah girls won, 102-39.

Alex Rylander won the 100 and the long jump for the Issaquah boys. He also anchored the winning 4×100 relay team. Allen Su, Kyle Farmer and Jorrell Dorsey were other members of the relay team.

Farmer also won the 200 and Dorsey captured the triple jump. Mike Baba won the javelin with a throw of 164 feet, 6 inches. Cory Nevin and Blake Wedekind each went 5-10 to tie for first place in the high jump.

Other Issaquah first places came from Jason Hollaway (pole vault), Joey Domek (300 hurdles), Dave Nam (110 hurdles), Turner Wiley (800) and Isaac Robinson (1,600).

In the girls meet, Haley Jacobson won the 100 and 200. She also ran as a member of the Eagles’ winning 4×100 relay and 4×200 relay teams. Kim Varney Lauren Bruner and Mckenna Hogan were other members of the 4×100 relay team. Varney, Julianna da Cruz and Mack Wieburg were other members of the 4×200 relay team.

Issaquah also captured the 4×400 relay. Varney, Madison Callan, Wieburg, and Amanda Chalfant composed the 4×400 relay team.

Chalfant also won the 1,600 and Bruner placed first in the 100 hurdles. Other first places for Issaquah came from Katie Zhong (shot put and javelin), Alex Arteritano (discus), Wieburg (high jump), Amelia Meigs (pole vault), Hogan (long jump) and Anna Fairhart (triple jump). Arteritano had a lifetime best throw of 91 feet, beating her previous mark by 16 feet.

Issaquah competed at the Tomahawk Classic April 30 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

In the girls meet, Hogan finished first in the long jump, third in the 200 and fourth in the 100. In the boys meet, Wiley placed second in the 3,200. Baba was third in the javelin and Hollaway took third in the pole vault.

Skyline girls track team races by Roosevelt

Michelle Bretl won the 400 meters and also anchored two victorious relay teams April 28 as she led the Skyline High School girls track and field team past Roosevelt, 97-53, in a 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Bretl anchored the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Dorie Dalzell, Alexis Dougherty and Aleeya Neal were other members of the 4×100 relay team. Joining Bretl on the 4×200 relay team were Jordan Branch, Kaylie Greninger and Haley Smith.

Skyline also won the 4×400 relay. The team was composed of Maddi Hutson, Kathryn Steele, Daugherty and Caitlin McIllwain.

Other Skyline first places came from Neal (100 hurdles), Greninger (200), Mikayla Silva (shot put), Elena Frerker (discus), Haley Ziegler (javelin), Ashley Richardson (high jump), Lindsay Coutts (long jump) and Marissa Fortier (triple jump).

The Skyline boys lost to Roosevelt, 65-56. Skyline first places came from Mitch O’Connell (400), Kyle Branch (800), Keegan Symmes (1,600), Riley Herrera (110 hurdles), Joel Dooley (300 hurdles), Bryan Lee (high jump) and Kasen Williams (long jump).

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