Track teams hope to follow 2010 title successes

March 22, 2011

The Skyline and Liberty high school track and field programs had banner seasons a year ago and both have high hopes for the 2011 season.

Kyle Branch, of Skyline, runs in last year’s KingCo 4A 3200-meter championship race. By Greg Farrar

Skyline, which has become one of the elite track and field programs in the state, had a very strong boys team last spring. The Spartans captured 4A KingCo Conference and district titles, and finished the year by taking second at state. It was most successful season ever for the Skyline boys.

Spartans coach Marc Hillestad said he is excited about the prospects for this season’s squad as many key athletes return.

Liberty’s boys team had a sensational season a year ago by winning the 3A Sea-King District title. The Patriots have some top talent returning from that team, but might not be strong enough to duplicate last year’s feat. However, the girls team looks stronger than ever and should contend for top honors in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference and Sea-King District.

The Issaquah High School program, which annually fields some of the stronger KingCo teams, will have competitive boys and girls squads this season, too.

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Issaquah High School netters nab opening win

March 18, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 18, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team opened its season Thursday with a 7-0 victory against host Liberty.

Dayna Bennett, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Emmie Kellog-Smith. Issaquah’s Sam Garrard and Sabrina Norton captured the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Julie Do and Audry LaFraugh.

In other action, Skyline lost to Mercer Island 6-1. No. 4 singles player Kianna Bertonlino accounted for Skyline’s win by defeating Kajal Tiwany 7-6, 7-5.

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Spartan boys take second at state

June 1, 2010

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, flings himself out of the sand pit after his final leap in the final round of the long jump. His longest distance of 24 feet, 1.25 inches came in second place. Williams won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump. By Greg Farrar

Junior Kasen Williams paces Skyline with two seconds, one first

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams is still chasing the 50-foot mark in the triple jump. However, he has plenty to be happy about after taking a first-place and two second-place medals home from the 2010 state 4A track-and-field meet. Read more

Liberty, Skyline boys win district track championships

May 25, 2010


Joshua Gordon, Liberty sophomore, wondered on May 6 during the all-city track meet why he couldn’t come up with an extra quarter-inch to reach 21 feet in the long jump. His redemption came at the 3A Sea-King district meet, winning the event with a 21-foot, 10 1/2-inch leap. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline and Liberty high school boys track teams head to the state championship meet this week as district champions.

Skyline captured the 4A Bi-District meet title May 22 and Liberty took the 3A Sea-King District championship May 21 at the Southwest Complex in West Seattle.

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Skyline boys take 4A KingCo title

May 18, 2010

Issaquah falls back to fifth place, Liberty second in 3A meet

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, hits the sand on this triple jump at 49 feet, 3.75 inches to win the 4A KingCo championship May 14 at Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline boys track team is 2010 KingCo 4A champs after scoring 127 points in the league meet May 12 and 14 at Eastlake High School. The Issaquah boys placed fifth overall with 63.5 points.

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Skyline High School’s Kasen Williams wins two titles

May 13, 2010

NEW — 11:17 a.m. May 13, 2010

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams, one of the best all-around athletes in the state, captured two titles Wednesday in the first day of the 4A KIngCo Conference track and field championships at Eastlake.

Williams won the boys high jump by clearing 6 feet, 10 inches. He also captured the long jump by leaping 23-10.50.

Sparked by Williams’ efforts and those of his teammates, Skyline was in first place after the first day with 48 points. Bothell was second with 37.5 points.

Skyline took the top three places in the high jump with Blake Digiovanni finishing second and Jordon Coutts third.

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It’s an undefeated season for Liberty boys, Skyline girls

May 11, 2010

Above, Mekenna Hogan, of Issaquah, receives the baton from Lauren Bruner (left) as Shealee O’Donnell of Skyline gets hers from teammate Kassia Fortier for the final leg of the 400-meter relay May 6. The Spartans won this race. By Greg Farrar

The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was in the 50s. It was a perfect day for a KingCo Conference high-school track and field meet.

The Liberty boys and Skyline girls teams were thinking perfection, too. Both were aiming for unbeaten regular-season meet records. Both attained their goal May 6 by finishing first in the annual Issaquah District meet at Liberty.

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Patriots, Spartans track teams finish first

May 7, 2010

NEW — 11:07 a.m. May 7, 2010

The Liberty High School boys and the Skyline High School girls track teams each placed first Thursday in the annual Issaquah School District track and field meet at Liberty.

The Liberty boys won a close meet with rivals Skyline and Issaquah. The Patriots had 65 points with Skyline second with 61 and Issaquah third with 55. Liberty finished the KingCo Conference regular season unbeaten.

In the girls meet, Skyline won easily, compiling 91 points. Issaquah was second with 49 points and Liberty third with 39.

Peter Stacy, of Liberty, won the shot put, discus and javelin in the boys meet. He won the shot and discus easily. The javelin was a battle between Stacy and Issaquah’s Michael Baba. Stacy was first with a throw of 175 feet, 1 inch. Baba was second at 174-6.

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Track teams win heading into annual district meet May 6

May 4, 2010

Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high school track and field teams get their final tune-up before the KingCo Conference Championships when the three schools meet May 6 in their annual district meet at 4 p.m. at Liberty High School.

The Issaquah district meet always displays some of the top athletes in the league and the state. This year’s meet will be no exception. One of the headliners is Skyline’s Kasen Williams, who won the high jump at last year’s 4A state meet.

Another headliner is Issaquah’s Eva Perry, who has twice broken the school record in the girls pole vault this spring.

Liberty’s Eric Bice, one of the area’s top distance runners, is the school record-holder in the 1,600.

The boys’ teams for Issaquah and Skyline are 6-0 in KingCo meets this spring. The Skyline girls are 6-0.

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Issaquah High School track teams sweep Newport

April 30, 2010

NEW — 10:14 a.m. April 30, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls and boys track teams both defeated visiting Newport on Thursday in a KingCo Conference meet.

The Issaquah boys won 88-57. Kyle Farmer won the 100 and 200 meters for Issaquah. He also ran on the Eagles’ winning 400 relay. Other Issaquah first places came from Chris Brasino in the 800, Isaac Robinson in the 1,600, Turner Wiley in the 3,200, Alexander Farmer in the 110 hurdles and Jeremiah Odom in the pole vault.

The Issaquah girls defeated Newport 91-59. Haley Jacobson won the 100 and 200. She also ran on the Eagles’ winning 400 and 800 relays. Other Issaquah first places came from Nicole Migotsky in the 800, Jocelyn Eng in the 3,200, Lauren Bruner in the 300 hurdles, Kelley Chen in the javelin and Eva Perry in the pole vault. Perry went 11 feet, 5 inches to break the school record she set last week.

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