Liberty High School Patriots win track titles

May 12, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 3 p.m. May 12, 2011

Two members of the Liberty High School track and field team captured individual titles Wednesday in the first day of the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Championship meet at Juanita High School.

Joshua Gordon won the boys long jump by leaping 22 feet. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 200-meter race with a time of 22.47 seconds.

Devin Bennett, of Liberty, was third in the long jump by going 20-8 1/2. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 400 race with a time of 52.06.

Liberty’s Tyler Westendorf was fourth in the 1,600 in 4:29.52. Teammate Nick Knoblich took sixth in 4:35.20.

Kevin Ahrens, of Liberty, finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 39-3.

In the girls competition, Liberty’s Amy Broska won the 1,600 in 5:24.17. Teammate Megan Chucka was second in 5:28.91. Rachel Shaw, of Liberty, also placed seventh in the race with a time of 5:34.81.

In the field events, Liberty’s Sofie Safley was third in the discus with a throw of 87-10 and Ida Bakke placed fourth in the long jump at 15-1.

In the 3A prelims, Liberty’s Madison Birdsall had the top qualifying time in the 400 with a 59.46. Teammate Emily Pestl-Dimmitt qualified for the finals in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

In the 4A KingCo championships, which are also held at Juanita, Skyline’s Kasen Williams defended his league titles in the long jump and high jump. Williams went 21-6 1/2 in the long jump to beat Issaquah’s Jorrell Dorsey, who finished second at 20-9 1/2.

Issaquah’s Mike Baba placed second in the javelin with a throw of 164-8. He was edged out by Bothell’s Braden Foley, who won with a toss of 165-9.

Kyle Branch, of Skyline, was third in the 1,600 in 4:23.67.

In the 4A girls meet, Issaquah’s Alex Arteritano finished second in the discus with a throw of 94-11. Elena Frerker led a contingent of Skyline throwers by placing third at 88-5. Teammates Kara Alden, Haley Ziegler and M’Kayla Silva finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Ziegler placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 109-1 and Issaquah’s Katie Zhong was fifth at 103-1.

Issaquah’s Mckenna Hogan took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16-5 and Skyline’s Jordan Branch was fourth in the 1,600 in 5:18.61.

Lindsay Coutts, of Skyline, was third in the high jump at 5-feet. Issaquah’s Mack Wieburg was fifth at 4-10.

In the prelims, Issaquah’s Haley Jacobson was the top qualifier in the 100 and 200. She had the fastest time in the 100 in 12.52 and the best time in the 200 in 25.25. Teammate Lauren Bruner qualified for the finals in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

The KingCo championships continue Friday. Competition begins at 3:30 p.m.

Skyline upsets Issaquah in lacrosse

The Skyline High School boys lacrosse team recorded one of its biggest victories in the club’s young history Wednesday when the host Spartans topped Issaquah 10-9 in overtime. It was the first time Skyline had ever defeated Issaquah in lacrosse.

Ryan McMackin, assisted by Max Saffle, scored the winning goal for Skyline after Issaquah’s Jake Fritz had earlier missed on a shot.

Issaquah jumped to a 3-1 first-quarter lead but Skyline came back in the second quarter with three goals to make it a 4-4 tie at halftime. The Eagles went ahead in the third quarter and were in front with just nine seconds left in regulation when Skyline’s Ryan Benz tied the score at 9-9 to send the game into overtime.

McMackin and Andrew Hankey each had three goals to lead Skyline.

Fritz had five goals and an assist to lead Issaquah. Kole Lindor, of Issaquah, had 10 groundballs.

Issaquah dropped to 8-2 in Division I play while Skyline went to 6-4.

In Division II play Tuesday, Liberty defeated Redmond 5-2. Collin Ross had four goals for Liberty.

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