Local athletes win at state track championships
May 28, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Immediately after Liberty High School track stars Alex Olobia and Hiron Redman competed in the last race of their high school careers, the seniors embraced as they shook off the disappointment of a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay at the state track and field championship.
“Bellevue had just that much more, just a little bit more,” Redman said. “He just got me by a 30th of a second. That’s it.”
The Liberty relay team of Olobia, Redman, Romney Noel and Ashby Brown took second with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds, good enough to break the school record, but just short of conference foe Bellevue.
That’s quite an accomplishment considering that there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 1,600 relay team at the start of the season, Redman said.
“We came into the beginning of the season just scared. We didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I mean we had a sophomore on the relay team, and we all just dug really deep and we did it.”
That sophomore is promising underclassmen Noel, who, like his teammates, sported an impressive mohawk during the May 23-25 championship at Mount Tahoma.
The Liberty boys track and field team placed fifth in overall scoring at the state meet, thanks to impressive performances from both Olobia and Redman.
Olobia took home three medals, including the one he secured with the Liberty relay team. He earned second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.85, just short of Bellevue’s Budda Baker, who won with a mark of 10.77. He also took third in the 200 meter, finishing that race in 22.29.
“I’ve had to go through a lot of adversity with injuries, but I think overall, even though I didn’t come in first, I enjoyed the journey, and that’s what it’s mainly about,” Olobia said. “I’m just really proud that I got here.”
Redman, a standout on the school’s cross country team, reached the podium for the third consecutive year in the 800-meter event, placing sixth with a time of 1:55.02. Aaron Bowe broke the school record in the 3,200 with a time of 9:21.87, good for seventh place.
Senior Sean Campbell captured Liberty’s first medal of the meet with his sixth-place toss in the javelin, at 165 feet, 10 inches. Campbell took up the sport for the first time this season, along with his twin brother Matt.
The Liberty girls did not fare quite as well, narrowly missing the podium in several events.
Megan Chucka took ninth in the 1,600-meter, Sarah Bliesner placed 11th in the 3,200-meter and Anna Frodsham finished ninth in the javelin.
Issaquah girls take ninth
The Issaquah High School girls track and field team is a bit of a quirky bunch. Last year, the relay teams joked that they should run like a tiger was chasing them, going so far as to bring a plastic tiger to the meet as motivation.
This year, they stuck with the animal theme, but threw in a bit of a twist.
“Last year, we were known for our little tiger. This year, we made many animal noises, especially seal noises,” Issaquah junior Juliana da Cruz said.
As much fun as the group has off the field, it is all business for the Eagles when they step on to the track, as evidenced by the team’s top 10 finish at state this year. Catapulted by strong relay performances, the Issaquah girls track and field team finished tied for ninth.
The 4×400-meter relay team of da Cruz, Grace Englund, Amanda Chalfant and Gabrielle Gevers had the highest finish for the Eagles, taking second in their race.
“It’s a 400, so it’s a hard race,” da Cruz said. “I think a lot of people underestimate the difficulty of it, but we were running for each other and we have so much love on this team that it makes it all worthwhile.”
Issaquah held off a last-leg surge from conference rival Skyline to take second in 3:53.85, behind state champion Ballard.
“I have so much respect for Skyline,” da Cruz said. “They’re just a great bunch of girls and it’s a lot of fun to be able to compete like that. I think that’s really when track becomes a game, almost.”
Issaquah’s 4×200-meter relay team featuring Englund, Gevers, da Cruz and Alia Sugarman finished fourth.
For Englund, the lone senior on both relay teams, it was a perfect end to her high school track career.
“It was really fun,” she said. “When I was a freshman, I was nowhere near where I am now, and running with these girls and having them push me is just such an accomplishment. I couldn’t have asked for a better team and a better year.”
In addition to her two relay event medals, Gevers also took home an individual one for her sixth-place finish in the 100.
Senior Mckenna Hogan earned two sixth-place medals for her performance in the long jump and triple jump. Hogan established a new school record with her jump of 17-7 1/2 in the long jump at the state meet.
Sophomore Cayla Seligman just missed the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 1,600.
Skyline sends 21 athletes to state
As the Skyline High School 4×400-meter relay team of Dorie Dalzell, Maria Volodkevich, Alex Daugherty and Kaylie Greninger huddled before the last race of the meet, the message was clear — the girls were more than teammates; they were family.
“We’re such a tight-knit team, so we said, ‘Do it for the family,’ before the race,” Daugherty said. “We are so fortunate to have each other.”
After qualifying for the final event in seventh place, the Spartans finished third, breaking the school record with a time of 3:54.33.
“Last year, we broke this record as a team, so it’s just really nice to be able to put our name on the screen and feel that we’ve left a legacy,” Dalzell said.
Skyline finished just behind rival Issaquah in the relay.
“It’s really great to have someone of that caliber in the same league and to be able to compete with them throughout the season,” Daugherty said. “Our whole team gave it their all, though.”
The Skyline girls track and field team finished the weekend ranked 24th.
Dalzell and Daugherty each took home individual medals. Dalzell placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 56.77. Daugherty ran the 800 in 2:15.71, good for seventh.
Junior Samantha Krahling just missed the podium in the 3,200, taking 11th place.
Seniors Ashley Richardson and Marissa Fortier made the high jump finals, while sophomore Geneva Ecola competed in the long jump. None of the athletes qualified for a medal, though.
The Skyline boys team placed 12th overall, led by Skyline’s top finisher Keegan Symmes, who took third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:17.13. The senior just missed securing his second medal of the meet when he placed ninth in the 3,200.
Senior Trevon Clark ran the 400 in 49.46, on his way to a sixth-place medal, while Garrett Corliss ended his high school career throwing the javelin 168-10, good for sixth in the state.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Lorenzo Agogliati, Blake Young, Andrew Millett and Clark captured fourth place, with a time of 3:21.84.