TRACK AND FIELD
Class 4A, 3A and 2A today to Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma
Class 1A, 2B and 1B Friday and Saturday at Woodward Stadium, Cheney
4A BOYS TO WATCH
The marquee event is the mile and it is a three-runner race. Defending champion Shane Moskowitz (4:08.96) beat Auburn Riverside’s Kenny Krotzer at the district meet by five seconds, but Krotzer has a faster time (4:07.24) this season. Ferris’ Adam Thorne (4:11.50) will be a factor. … Tahoma’s Derek Eager has the top mark in 4A the shot put (58-6 ¼), discus (187) and javelin (229-5). … Pasco’s Marques Avery has the state’s fast times in the 100 (10.7) and 200 (21.35), but the predicted wet weather could render rankings moot. … Skyline’s Kasen Williams and Mead’s A.J. Maricich are on track for another battle in the jump. Both have gone 6-11 this season. … The 800 is up for grabs and Puyallup’s Jesse Jorgensen, Kent Meridian’s Derrick Daigre, Ferris’ Justin Zimmerman, Kentwood’s Tim Pettit and Krotzer will all make a push.
3A BOYS TO WATCH
North Central’s Ben Johnston has the fastest time in the state in the 1,600 (4:06.54) and 3,200 (8:58.89). … West Seattle’s Markeem Adams enters as the top seed in the 100 with a time of 11.08, though and 2008 champion Kinsley Ojukwu of Union, Spokane Rogers’ Corde Bailey and Rainier Beach’s Michael Berry are lurking. … Berry has the top times in 3A in the 200 (21.59) and 400 (47.08), an event he won last year.
2A BOYS TO WATCH
Two W.F. West athletes will try to defend their positions as state champions, though neither are the top seeds heading into the state meet.. In the 800, Dakota Parker (1:56.07) will have to run down Elma’s Todd Jackson (1:54.70). Ben Ternan won the long jump with a leap of 23-3 last season and he’ll likely have to come close to reaching that mark again to overtake top-seed Thomas Kassa of Anacortes (23-2 ½).
1A/2B/1B BOYS TO WATCH
The 1A meet could see two athletes become triple-winners. Cashmere’s Ben Allen is the top seed in the 100 (11.06), 200 (22.64) and 400 (49.60). Coupeville’s Tyler King has the best marks in 1A in the 800 (1;55.34), 1,600 (4:15.28) and 3,200 (9:20.52). … Shot-putter Will Lohman’s top mark of 61-5 leads throwers in all classifications. … Mount Rainier Lutheran athletes are among the leaders in many 1B boys events, making the Rams a favorite to repeat as team champions.
Local boys defending state titles
4A: Derrick Daigre, Jr., Kent-Meridian, 800; Shane Moskowitz, Sr., Central Kitsap, 1,600, 3,200;
1A: Max LaBerge, Sr., Charles Wright, 3,200;
4A GIRLS TO WATCH
Four athletes have legitimate chances to be double-winners this weekend. Kentwood sprinter Holly DeHart blazed to victory in the 100 (12.25) and 200 (24.84) at district. … Emerald Ridge hurdler Kayla Stueckle has been unmatched in the 300 (42.68), an event she won last year, and is the favorite in the 100 hurdles (14.34). … Jefferson’s Kayla Adams is going for a repeat title in the shot put (44-4 ¾) and has an outside chance at winning the discus. … Garfield senior Anna Dailey could run away with victories in the 1,600 (4:49.41) and 3,200 (10:43.18). Her time in the mile is more than 10 seconds faster than the next best mark.
3A GIRLS TO WATCH
All eyes will be on Franklin Pierce sprinter Germe Poston, who set 3A state meet records in the 100 and 200 last season. Poston will be pushed by Yakima West Valley’s Chantel Jaeger, who has the second-fastest time in the 100 (12.18) and leads the state in the 200 (24.25). … Glacier Peak’s Amy Eloise Neale will challenge the meet record in the 1,600. Her best time of 4:52.06 is less than a second off the record. She is also running the 3,200. … Timberline’s Sasha Weber has jumped a state-best 5-8 in the high jump.
2A GIRLS TO WATCH
Can Blaine sophomore Cherish Morrison repeat as a state champion in the 100, 200 and 400? She cruised to district titles last week and has 2A-leading times in all three events (12.23, 25.16, 56.88). … Kingston senior Ruby Roberts will try to end her decorated high school career with victories in the 800 (2:13.74) and 1,600 (4:59.90). … Steilacoom’s Shreese Gotel could become a double-winner. She has 2A’s top mark in the shot put (43-6) and is second in the discus (131-9) behind Colville’s Sara Lentz.
1A/2B/1B GIRLS TO WATCH
Annie Wright senior Li Murphy will try to add to her collection of three state titles. She’s the two-time 1A defending champion in the 400 and has the top time (57.54) in the field. She also won the 800 last year, but is competing in the 200 (third-best in 1A 26.51) this season. … Northwest School sophomore Maddie Meyers is already one of the state’s top athletes. She has the in the 800 (2:09.78) and 3,200 (10:26.40) in all classifications and her mark in the 1,600 (4:59.46) is fifth-best. She will compete in all three at state.
Local girls defending state titles
4A: Kayla Stueckle, Sr., Emerald Ridge 300 hurdles; Kayla Adams, Sr., Jefferson, shot put;
3A: Germe Poston, Sr., Franklin Pierce, 100, 200
2A: Brandi Thomas, Sr., Elma, triple jump;
1A: Li Murphy, Sr., Annie Wright, 400