Two fantastic finishes have kicked off the final day of Star Track XXVIII today at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
In the 2A girls 4×200 relay, Blaine’s Cherish Morrison took the final handoff trailing by about 15 meters. She easily made up the ground and breezed to the victory. Morrison is also the top seed in the 100, 200 and 400.
In the 3A girls 4×200 relay, the anchor legs for Camas and Yakima West Valley took their batons in a dead heat. By the time Franklin Pierce sprinter Germe Poston took the handoff, she trailed by about 15 meters. The reigning 100 and 200 state champ reeled in the leaders and edged them at the line, winning in 1:43.69. Yakima and Camas had identical times of 1:43.72, but Yakima was second.
Rogers of Puyallup won the 4A girls 4×200.
Woodinville’s Anthony Nguyen out-leaned Anthony Rathbun of Spanaway Lake and Federal Way’s Trenton Pinson at the line in the finals of the 4A boys 100. Nguyen won in 11.28 seconds. Rathbun and Pinson had times of 11.30, but Rathbun got second. An hour later, Rathbun helped Spanaway Lake win the 4×100 relay title.
Kayla Stueckle won the 4A girls 300 hurdles for the third year in a row. She has five state titles — she won the 100 hurdles and long jump on Friday — and will compete in the 200 later tonight.
Tahoma’s Derek Eager won the boys javelin with a throw of 207-10 and came two inches from setting the meet record.
Ferris’ Justin Zimmerman won the 4A boys 800, finishing in 1:54.27. Kentwood’s Tim Pettit was second.
Mead’s Baylee Mires cruised to a win in the 4A girls 800.
What a day for a pair of the finest girls sprinters to come along in a while – 3A’s Germe Poston of Franklin Pierce and 2A’s Cherish Morrison of Blaine.
Morrison, a sophomore, was responsible for four 2A titles – three coming in the 100 (12.54 seconds), 200 (25.66) and 400 (57.52). It was a repeat effort in the triple crown of sprinting – she won all three in 2009.
Poston, a senior headed to Arizona, won her duel against West Valley of Yakima’s Chantel Jaeger in the 3A 200. Her time was 25.14.
She also won the 100 (12.56) and anchored the 3A title-winning 800 relay team for the Cardinals.
It wasn’t a lost day for Jaeger, who helped the Rams to an all-time best mark in the girls 1,600 relay to conclude the meet.
Their 3:51.45 not only smashed the 3A meet record in the girls 1,600 relay (3:55.55 by Bellevue in 2000), the Rams broke Lincoln High’s all-time mark of 3:51.70, set in 1983.
• Junior Trent Alsin, of Black Hills, won the 2A boys 100 title in 11.42, helping the Wolves to their first team track title.
• Sehome’s Ryan MacDonald set the 2A boys meet discus record at 180 feet, 3 inches.
• Rainier Beach’s Michael Berry became the fifth-fastest 400 runner in state history when he went 46.81 in the 3A finals Saturday. He is choosing among Oregon, USC, Texas Tech and Baylor for colleges.
• Down to Mount Tahoma Stadium came Bonney Lake’s Adara Winder, who won the 3A girls shot put (40 feet, 91/4 inches) in convincing fashion. She then left for a club volleyball tournament at the University of Washington.
• The Auburn Mountainview girls won the 3A 400 relay in 49.20.
• Foster’s Rashaun Johnson defended his 3A boys 300 hurdles title in 38.20.
• Team winners included North Central (55 points in 3A boys), Columbia River and Glacier Peak (49 points in 3A girls), Black Hills (61 points in 2A boys) and Sehome (68 points in 2A girls).