Issaquah track teams close out season with win against Newport

May 7, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

The weather has not always been ideal during this spring sports season, but it was nearly perfect as the Issaquah High School track team closed out its regular season with a win against Newport on May 2.

Issaquah was a double winner, with the boys securing a 76-69 victory, while the girls continued their strong season with an 87-63 win against the Knights.

Personal records were falling all over the place, as many Issaquah athletes put together their best performances of the season.

Issaquah junior Gabrielle Gevers came in first in the 100- and 200-meter dash. Gevers, also a standout for the Eagles’ swim team, had her best time of the season, capturing the 200 in 25.9 seconds.

Finishing just behind Gevers in both events was promising Issaquah freshman Alia Sugarman. Sugarman had personal season bests in both the 100 and 200, finishing with times of 12.8 and 26.5, respectively.

For the boys, sophomore Jake Nienhuis swept the 100 and 200, with times of 11.0 and 22.8.

“He’s been really good all season,” Issaquah track coach Gwen Robertson said. “He’s just a sophomore, and he’s working his way up both the 100 and 200 list.”

Issaquah runners Mack Wieburg, Amanda Chalfant, Cayla Seligman and Ellie Hendrickson took first place in the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 on the girls’ side, while Kenny Norton placed first in the 400 and Hunter Sapienza won the 1,600. Sapienza broke his personal record in the race, with a time of 4:29.1.

The Issaquah boys and girls also took first in every relay event.

In the field events, the Issaquah girls took first in the shot put, high jump and triple jump. Freshman Bridgette Robertson won the shot put with a throw of 33 feet and 9 inches, a season best for her. Mack Wieburg captured the high jump with a 4-8 jump and Mckenna Hogan, in just the second time she’s jumped this season, won the triple jump.

On the boys’ side, Issaquah senior Andrew Larsen took first in the pole vault.

It was the last regular season meet for the Eagles. The team is now focused on the KingCo championships, set to take place May 8 and 10 at Redmond High School, the Issaquah track coach said.

“The season’s gone very well,” Robertson said. “The kids have been very competitive in all their meets, and we have definitely been improving throughout the season. They’re good competitors and not afraid of competition.”


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