Local athletes enjoy a big day at the KingCo track championships

May 17, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Kasen Williams, Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13 at Juanita High School. By Greg Farrar

It was by all means a championship day for several local athletes.

One of the biggest winners in the 4A KingCo Conference Track and Field Championship meet at Juanita High School was Issaquah High School senior Haley Jacobson. The future University of Washington sprinter had four first places May 13, the second day of the meet. Jacobson zoomed to two victories in the 100 meters and 200 meters, and ran as a member of two victorious relay teams.

Skyline senior Kasen Williams, another future Husky, continued his legacy as one of the league’s most dominant athletes by capturing three first places in the two-day competition. Williams, who will play football at the UW this fall, won the 4A boys triple jump, high jump and long jump. It was the third straight year he won those events.

Liberty junior Joshua Gordon had a sensational performance in the 3A KingCo meet, also at Juanita. Gordon won the high jump, long jump, 200 and ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4×400 relay team.

Liberty freshman Amy Broska captured the 1,600 and 3,200 to help the Patriots win the 3A KingCo team title. It was the first time Liberty won the league championship.

“Liberty had some good girls teams in the late ’90s but never won a KingCo title,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said. “There was not a girls’ track banner anywhere on the gym wall.”

Now there will be.

This week, athletes from the three Issaquah high schools are headed for district meets. Issaquah and Skyline athletes compete in a bi-district meet May 18 and 20 at Marysville-Pilchuck. Liberty sends a strong contingent of athletes to the 3A Sea-King District meet, also May 18 and 20, at the Southwest Complex in West Seattle.

Top placers from both district meets will advance to the state competition May 27-28 at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School.

Jacobson sprints to wins

Jacobson easily sprinted away from the field in the 100 and 200. She won the 100 in 12.36 seconds, a .16 drop from her preliminary time. Ballard’s Emmaline Suchland was second in 12.71. Jacobson repeated her title in the 200 with a time of 25.15, a .10 drop from her preliminary time. Inglemoor’s Brooke Monson was second in 26.15.

“Both her times were really impressive,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said of Jacobson.

Jacobson was the leadoff runner on Issaquah’s winning 4×100 relay team, which finished first in 49.13. Kim Varney, Gabrielle Gevers and Mckenna Hogan were the other members of the relay team. Jacobson anchored the winning 4×200 relay team, which won in 1:44.24. Varney, Mack Wieburg and Hogan joined Jacobson on the relay team.

“Haley had a very good day. She really wanted to achieve four goals and she did,” Robertson said. “Both relay times were excellent and close to school records. Of course, Haley was a big part of it.”

Issaquah junior Eva Perry, who had been sidelined in recent weeks because of an injury, returned to action May 13 and repeated her title in the pole vault by going 11 feet. Teammate Mallory Cooke was third at 10 feet.

Issaquah’s Alex Arteritano finished second in the discus with a throw of 94-11.

As a team, Issaquah finished fourth with 91 points. Inglemoor and Redmond tied for first with both scoring 108 points. Skyline, despite having no individual champions but having lots of depth, placed third with 103.5 points.

The Spartans had some second-placers. Haley Smith was second in the 400, Jordan Branch took second in the 800 and M’Kayla Silva was runnerup in the shot put.

Branch ran the 800 in 2:20.51 and was barely nipped by Roosevelt’s Lucy Cheadle, who won in 2:20.50. Branch made a big jump from the preliminaries, where she ran a 2:24.75, the fourth best time. She also finished fourth in the 1,600 in 5:18.61.

Silva tossed the shot put 34 feet, 2 inches.

Skyline’s 4×400 relay team was also second in 4:02.50. Kaylie Greninger, Maddi Hutson, Bretl and Branch composed the relay team.

Elena Frerker led a contingent of Skyline throwers in the discus by placing third at 88-5. Teammates Kara Alden, Haley Ziegler and Silva finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Ziegler also placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 109-1 and Issaquah’s Katie Zhong was fifth at 103-1.

Lindsay Coutts, of Skyline, was third in the high jump at 5-feet.

Williams three-peats

Williams, still bothered by a sore left hamstring, jumped just once in three events and it was good enough. He won the high jump at 5-10, far below his season-best of 6-11. Williams went 21-6 1/2 to win the long jump with Issaquah junior Jorrell Dorsey second at 20-9 1/2. The same two athletes went one-two in the triple jump. Williams won at 45-5 1/2 and Dorsey, who only began the triple jump this year, was second in 44-6 1/2. Dorsey’s triple jump was the second best ever in Issaquah school history.

“Jorrell had a huge improvement in the triple,” Robertson said. “He is one of our most improved kids this year.”

Dorsey also ran as a member of Issaquah’s 4×100 relay team, which took third in 44.27. Kyle Farmer, Alex Rylander and Allen Su were other members of the relay team.

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

Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway was runnerup in the pole vault at 14 feet.

In the team standings, Bothell easily took the title with 142 points. Skyline was third with 74 and Issaquah came in fifth with 57.

Skyline’s Kyle Branch was third in the 1,600 in 4:23.67 and third in the 3,200 in 9:31.53.

Garfield’s Chris Wozniak won the 3,200 in 9:26.62. The race was one of the fastest 3,200s in recent Kingco meet history. The top eight runners all advanced to district. Issaquah’s Turner Wiley, despite a 9:36.44, took ninth and didn’t qualify for district. It was a personal best time for him in the event.

“It was a great race. A year ago, Turner’s time would have won the race,” Robertson said.

Liberty girls dominate meet

The Liberty girls easily captured first place with 201 points. Juanita was second with 146.5.

“It was pretty exciting. Of the 26 girls entered, 22 scored points,” Smith said. “The girls did great in the distance running events, did well in the throws, and just lots and lots of depth. That was the key.”

Some members of the Liberty girls cross country team, which won the Sea-King title last fall, figured prominently in the victory.

Broska, a member of the cross country team, won the 1,600 on May 11 in a season-best time of 5:24.17. Teammate Megan Chucka, another cross country runner, was second in her season-best time of 5:28.91. Broska came back May 13 to win the 3,200 in a season-best time of 11:40.74. Rachel Shaw, of Liberty, was third in 11:50.58 and Chucka was fourth in 11:51.48. Both Shaw and Chucka had their fastest times of the year.

Megan Larson, of Liberty, won the 800 in a season-best time of 2:24.89. She had the fourth-fastest time in the prelims.

Another first-place finisher for Liberty was Madison Birdsall, who won the 400 in 59.08. Elizabeth Ryker was second in 61.06 and Aimee Christensen was fourth in 61.60.

Birdsall ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4×400 relay team, which was clocked in 4:09.39. Ryker, Delane Agnew and Michaela Chucka were other members of the relay team.

The Patriots also took second in the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:49.12. Ryker, Birdsall, Stacy Christensen and Agnew made up the relay team. Ryker also took second in the 200 in 27 seconds.

Liberty’s Emily Pestl-Dimmitt provided points in the 100 hurdles, where she placed third, and in the high jump and javelin. Pestl-Dimmitt was second in the high jump at 4-10 and fourth in the javelin at 102-9.

In the field events, Liberty’s Morgan Safley was second in the shot put at 34-9. Alexis McGinnis was third in the shot at 31-1 3/4. Sofie Safley was third in the discus with a throw of 87-10 and Anna Frodsham was third in the javelin at 103-10, nine feet better than her previous best throw of the season. Danielle Richards was third in the pole vault.

In the boys meet, Gordon was very busy. He won the 200 in 22.72, went 6 feet to take the high jump and captured the long jump with a leap of 22 feet. Gordon also ran as a member of the 4×400 relay team, which won in 3:25.78. Hamilton Noel, Hiron Redmon and Devin Bennett were other members of the relay team.

Bennett won two other events. He captured the 400 in 51.05 and took the triple jump by going 42-8 1/2. Bennett was also third in the long jump, going 20-8 1/2.

Noel repeated his KingCo title in the pole vault by going 13 feet. Teammate Chase Kenney was second at 12-6.

Redmon lost a duel with Bellevue’s Addison Woolsey in the 800. Woolsey won in 1:57.20 with Redmon second in 1:52.32.

Liberty’s Tyler Westendorf was fourth in the 1,600 in 4:29.52.

“Hiron ran the race of his life in the 800. He and the Bellevue kid just went head to head. I’m sure they will battle it out at district, too,” Smith said.

In the team standings, Liberty took third in a close battle with Bellevue and Mount Si. The Patriots had 136 points. Bellevue was first with 143 and Mount Si was second with 137.

The top four individuals in each event advanced to this week’ s 3A district meet.

Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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