Spartans track team sweeps meet against Garfield

May 1, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Skyline sophomore Bryan Lee threw the discus 132 feet, 2 inches, April 26, winning the event and setting a new personal record. By Lillian Tucker

With a boys score of 68 and a girls score of 98, Skyline High School’s track and field team put its best face forward April 26 when it swept its home meet against Garfield.

The clouds rolled in over the Sammamish field but never opened up to pour over the event. When the sun peeked out from behind its curtain it was not enough to warm the athletes, who peeled off their sweats only long enough to compete in their particular events.

At the long jump station, Lindsay Coutts, a Skyline junior, quickly shed her warmer layers before taking off down the runway and launching, her arms and legs stretched back before she came down in the sandpit. During her jumps, Coutts kept commenting that she found herself having to slow down before springing from the takeoff board.

“Sometimes my mark is off. I just have to make sure my run-up is solid and I don’t scratch,” she said.

The hiccup didn’t affect her standing. Coutts took first with a jump of 15 feet, 9 1/2 inches, followed by Garfield’s Nhautrey Brown (15-8). With a 13-0.5 jump Cailey Grembowski, a Skyline sophomore, got a personal best and came in fifth out of nine girls.

“Usually, I just try to clear my mind and hope that it’s all muscle memory,” Coutts said. “I just try and sail along as long as you can.”

With the exclusion of the pole vault, the Skyline Spartans swept all other girls field events. Kara Alden threw 29-3 1/2 to win the shot put and 87-0 to win discus. At 82-4, Kelly Garrett won the javelin. With a jump of 5-0, Sydney Tingey took first in the high jump and Marissa Fortier won the triple jump with 30-4.

The Spartans boys team also dominated the field events, winning all but the long jump and the triple jump. Jon DeVita threw 41-3 1/2 to take first in the shot put. Alex Ziebart won the javelin with a throw of 167-2. The high jump was won with a 5-0 jump from Ryan Abrahamsen. Bryan Lee threw 139-2 to win the discus and earn a new personal best.

“I was hoping to get the 140s but it always feels good to P.R,” Lee said. “I was feeling good. I had a lot of explosion and pop. I felt really relaxed.”

For Lee’s teammate Drew Matthews, it was the second time this season that he competed in the 800-meter race. After a solid start, Matthews reached the final 125 meters and kicked up his speed to win the race ahead of 18 others with a time of 1 minute, 59 seconds.

“I thought that my best competition would come from my own team,” Matthews said.

Skyline’s Brendan Long came in second place with a 2:00 finish and teammate Grant Uselman finished third with a time of 2:02.

“I just let myself take the first lap faster than I would that set me up,” Uselman said. “I got my 57 target split time and then I just tried to run the second as fast as I could.”

In other events, Skyline won the 100 with a finish of 11.56 seconds by Trevor Barney. Both the 200 and 400 went to Garfield, but Skyline’s Keegan Symmes clinched the 1,600 for the Spartans with a time of 4 minutes and 23.74 seconds.

“I wanted to win,” Symmes, a junior, said.

Riley Herrera, a senior at Skyline, won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.04 seconds. Matthews, Justin Mach, Blake Young and Barney together finished the 4×100 relay in 43.78 seconds to take first place for the Spartans.

On the girls side, several Skyline runners took first place. Kaylie Greninger won the 200 with a time of 26.99 seconds and Alexis Daugherty ran the 400 in 58.61 seconds for the win. The 800 went to Maria Volodkevich, who had a 2 minute, 23.27 second finish. Samantha Krahling won the 1600 in 5 minutes, 18.98 seconds. With a time of 11 minutes, 54.95 seconds, Caroline Sheffield won the 3200.

Geneva Ecola ran the 100 meter hurdles in 18.28 seconds and Ashley Richardson sped past the pack in the 300 meter hurdles to finish the race more than 5 seconds faster than her competitors with a time of 54.51 seconds. The Spartans’ 4×100 relay team — Dorie Dalzell, Maddi Hutson, Aleeya Neal and Ecola — at 52.04 seconds, finished the race nearly 6 seconds ahead of everyone else.

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