Issaquah foursome earns its (tiger) stripes at state

May 29, 2012

Issaquah High School relay members (from left) Gabrielle Gevers, Amanda Chalfant, Madison Callan, Mack Wieburg, Julianna Da Cruz and Grace Englund brought a tiger to the state 4A track and field championships. He chased them to second-place finishes in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. By Greg Farrar

The tiger had chased the Issaquah High School girls relay team all year.

And now here he was at the state meet, primly standing on the hand of one of the runners. He did not look menacing, but he was.

Earlier this year, the girls on the relay team had joked that they should run like a tiger was chasing them. So for state, they brought a tiger.

The feline helped five Eagle girls finish second in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays, with times of 1 minute, 42.6 seconds, and 3 minutes 53.99 seconds, respectively.

“We beat our own record,” senior Madison Callan said after the 4×400 race. “That was our biggest goal.”

Callan, Amanda Chalfant, Mack Wieburg, Gabrielle Gevers and Juliana Da Cruz, the latter a 4×200 runner, celebrated their state run posing for pictures holding each other and the tiger.

“We have a lot of love in our team,” Callan said, adding they created a bluesy tune for the team, just for fun.

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Issaquah track prepares for KingCo league championships

May 8, 2012

With the season winding to a close, Issaquah High School was scheduled to head to Juanita High School on May 9 to compete in the KingCo League championship meet.

The Eagles are having an exceptional year, especially on the girls side. Stars include Eva Perry, the defending state champion and school record holder in the pole vault; McKenna Hogan, who has qualified for state in jumps and sprints; and Cayla Seligmann, Ellie Clawson and Ellie Hendrikson, who have all done well in distance events this year.

Issaquah has had great depth in the sprints this season, getting good scores from Juliana da Cruz, Madison Callan, Hogan, Gabrielle Gevers and Mack Wieburg. The season performances put the girls in prime position to make a run at state in the 200-meter, 400-meter and 4×400 relay races.

KingCo League Championships were set to start at 3:30 p.m. at Juanita.

Local high schools’ track teams evaluate mid-season progress

April 10, 2012

Joey Domek, Issaquah High School junior, leaps a barrier as he wins the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.54 seconds April 5 against Bothell. Domek also persevered in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.4 seconds. By Greg Farrar

If there’s one single word in the English language to describe a strategy in high school track, it might be survival.

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Kasen Williams leads parade of 2011 best efforts from individuals, teams

December 27, 2011

Peyton Pelluer (right), Skyline High School junior linebacker, and teammate Nic Sblendorio (9), junior defensive back, combine to throw Woodinville senior running back Devin McKee to the turf during the 4A state semifinal game Nov. 26. By Greg Farrar

It was a year of state titles for Skyline High School, and the end of a career for a Spartan who always seemed to be in championship form.

When he graduated last spring, Skyline’s Kasen Williams left a legacy that might never be duplicated in the Issaquah School District. He was definitely the most dominant figure in the local sports scene in 2011.

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Issaquah High School alumni mile is Aug. 13

August 9, 2011

The third running of the Issaquah High School alumni mile is at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Issaquah Middle School track.

The annual summer event gathers track and cross country runners who once competed for Issaquah High.

Register online at http://sites.google.com/site/issaquahhsannualalumnimile.

The schedule of events includes a kids lollipop 200-meter run at 5 p.m. and alumni mile at 5:15 p.m.

Issaquah High School alumni mile is Aug. 13

August 2, 2011

The third running of the Issaquah High School alumni mile is at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Issaquah Middle School track.

The annual summer event gathers track and cross country runners who once competed for Issaquah High.

Register online at http://sites.google.com/site/issaquahhsannualalumnimile.

The schedule of events includes a kids lollipop 200-meter run at 5 p.m. and the alumni mile at 5:15 p.m.

Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball wins opener

June 1, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. June 1, 2011

Catcher Jimmy Sinatro drove in six runs Tuesday as he led the Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball team to a season-opening 9-3 victory against host Bellevue Legion at Interlake High School.

Sinatro, who attends Skyline, had three hits for the game. Connor Gilchrist, also from Skyline, had three hits.

Christopher Weik, who attends Liberty, had three hits for Bellevue. Teammate Jason Hubbard, another Liberty player, had two hits.

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Local athletes make strong showings at state track meet

May 31, 2011

Haley Jacobson, Issaquah High School senior, takes a jog down the track before her 100-meter dash at the 4A state championship May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

For the seniors, the state championship track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School on May 27 and 28 marked the final athletic event of their high school careers.

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Liberty falls short of Sea-King track title; Newport wins by two points

May 24, 2011

Devin Bennett, a Liberty High School senior, jumps out at the start of the 400-meter race May 20 during the 3A Sea-King District Championships, qualifying for state with a time of 51.01 seconds. By Greg Farrar

As good as the Liberty High School Patriots were last week at the 3A Sea-King District Championships, Franklin High School, of Seattle, was just a touch better. Read more

Issaquah School District athletes earn titles

May 20, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. May 20, 2011

Kasen Williams, of Skyline High School, and Devin Bennett, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Wednesday at their respective post-season track and field meets.

Williams, competing in the 4A Northwest Regional meet at Marysville-Pilchuck, won the boys high jump by going 6-feet, 4 inches. He also took second in the long jump by going 22-1 1/4. Williams was just edged by Alec Fellows, of Edmonds-Woodway, who won at 22-6 1/2. Issaquah’s Jorrell Dorsey was third at 21-1 1/4.

In other first-day action at the 4A Regional, Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway finished in a tie for second place in the pole vault by going 14-6. Skyline’s Kyle Branch was third in the 1,600 in 4:21.08.

In the girls competition, Skyline’s Lindsay Coutts was second in the long jump by going 16-10. Issaquah’s Mckenna Hogan was fifth at 16-7 1/4.

The second day of the meet took place Friday.

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