Fastest foursome

June 3, 2014

By Neil Pierson

Skyline’s 1,600 relay state title anchors fourth-place team trophy

By Greg Farrar Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4x400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4×400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

The Skyline High School girls track and field team capped a solid 2014 season last weekend at the Class 4A state championships by winning the fourth-place trophy.

Skyline scored 35 points to finish behind Richland (37), Camas (48) and Federal Way (72), which successfully defended its state championship at Star Track XXXII, held May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Skyline captured a state title in the 1,600-meter relay as Mckenzie Deutsch, Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Dorie Dalzell shattered the school record with a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

The championship was a fitting conclusion to the prep careers of Daugherty and Dalzell, who will be Division I collegiate runners next season — Daugherty at Notre Dame and Dalzell at Kansas.

Dalzell came within a hair of an individual title, too, taking second in the 400 meters (55.83 seconds). She was only 0.14 seconds back of Bellarmine Prep’s Hannah Derby, who earned her fourth straight championship in the event.

In the May 30 preliminary heats, Dalzell had a relatively slow mark of 56.83, putting her in fourth place. She chalked that up to less-than-ideal weather conditions.

“I think the wind really made it a lot harder than it needed to be,” she said afterward while trying to catch her breath.

In the 200-meter final, Dalzell was seventh in 25.41.

Dalzell wasn’t able to rein in an elusive state title, but indicated after the preliminary heats that she was in good spirits regardless of her placing.

“It’s kind of nice knowing where I’m going to school, so that’s kind of off my shoulders and this is just for fun — kind of,” she said. “But it’s my last chance to ever win, so I’ve really got to get out there and run hard.”

Daugherty’s top individual finish was in the 800 meters, where she took fourth in 2:10.75. The 800 field was loaded with speed, as Daugherty, Central Kitsap senior Rose Christen and Camas junior Alexa Efraimson all entered state ranked among the top 20 in the nation.

Efraimson defended her 2013 title, but Daugherty said she was happy with recording a good time against top-notch competition.

“I was talking to Rose Christen,” Daugherty said, “and she was saying the people at her school say, ‘Oh, you’re going to win state.’ No big deal. And the people (at Skyline) said the same to me.

“But it’s not so much about winning state anymore as it is getting to compete with the best people in your back yard. I love it.”

Daugherty fell just short of a medal in the 1,600 meters, finishing ninth (5:00.75).

Skyline’s girls won medals in all three relay events. In the 4×100 race, Allie Warfield, Brandi Hughes, Nicole Cox and Amanda Johnston were seventh (49.49). In the 4×200 race, Hughes, Johnston, Daugherty and Dalzell took second (1:41.87).

Skyline’s boys won two medals. In the 4×400 relay, the Spartans finished seventh in 3:26.01 behind Jack Welch, Brendan Long, Joseph Bretl and Tyler Ma.

Senior Bryan Lee, who will compete for Western Washington University next year, capped his prep career with a sixth-place effort in the discus (151 feet).

“I’m happy with the state medal, a little unhappy about my performance,” Lee said. “I feel like I could’ve done a lot better. I’m usually pretty consistently a mid-150s thrower. I only hit one 150 today, but I can’t be too mad about it.”


Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School sent a handful of competitors to the 4A state meet. While the boys were unable to win a medal, the girls captured two.

In the 3,200 meters, junior Cayla Seligman was seventh (10:58.19). Seligman also qualified for state in the 1,600, but finished in 16th place (5:11.61).

Issaquah’s girls claimed sixth in the 4×400 relay as Bella Foos, Amanda Chalfant, Gabrielle Gevers and Juliana da Cruz finished in 3:59.28.

Mack Wieburg, senior, was injured Friday and withdrew from the high jump, and Gevers failed to reach the finals in the 100 or 200 meters, finishing 10th and 13th, respectively. The Eagles’ 4×200 relay team was 11th.

Jake Nienhuis just missed qualifying for the finals in the boys’ 400 meters, placing ninth in 50.98. The Eagles’ 4×100 relay team of Jaylen Carr, Jason Crandall, Nienhuis and Ray Littles was 14th (44.50). And senior Caleb Pearson was 11th in the javelin (162-11).


Liberty High School

In the 3A competition, Liberty High School won six medals, five of them from its girls squad.

Cherelle Demps, a junior, was seventh in both the 100 (12.81) and 200 (25.74).

Kelley Johnson was seventh in the 300 hurdles (46.97), and the Patriots won a pair of relay medals. In the 4×100 race, Tara Johnson, Shannell Thompson, Danielle Demps and Cherelle Demps were seventh (49.56). In the 4×200, the same foursome took fourth (1:42.93).

Romney Noel was the only Liberty boy to win a medal. The junior was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.88).


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