Some highlights from Friday’s action at Star Track XXIX. We’ll have complete recaps on the 4A, 3A and 2A state track and field meets in Saturday’s newspaper and online. And we’ll post more updates from the finals throughout the day on Saturday.
KASEN WILLIAMS CLAIMS TITLES IN TRIPLE JUMP, HIGH JUMP
Since he was a sophomore, Kasen Williams has set a goal of sweeping the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the state track and field meet.
For a couple hours on Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium, that ambition was overshadowed by something bigger – an all-time state record.
The Skyline High School senior leaped 50 feet, 9.25 inches in the Class 4A boys triple jump at Star Track XXIX.
“As soon as I landed I was jumping up,” Williams said. “I had a feeling it was going to be over 50.”
Not only did he eclipse the 50-foot barrier – and win the event by more than five feet – he set the all-time state record in the triple jump. Don’t confuse that with a state meet record. Williams’ mark is the longest triple jump at any high school meet of any classification in Washington history.
That trumps a trio of state titles.
“Setting the record, that’s something that’s going to go down in the history books forever,” the University of Washington football recruit said. “If you have a record, every single time during a state meet they’re going to say these are the triple jump boys and the record was set by Kasen Williams, 2011, 50 feet, 9 inches.”
Williams broke the mark of 50 feet, 8.75 inches, set in 2005 by Rashad Toussaint of Spokane West Valley. Not only did Williams set a record, he bumped his father, Aaron, to fifth-place on the state’s all-time leaders list. The Wilson High graduate leaped 50 feet, 0.75 inches in 1977.
By the evening, Williams resumed his quest to capture three championships.
He won the high jump with a mark of 6-10, but missed out on his main goal: clearing 7 feet. He came close on his second try, nicking the bar with his heels. After Friday, Williams, who won the high jump by going 6-10 as a sophomore, has missed all nine of his 7-foot attempts at the state meet.
“I personally think that it’s a curse,” he said.
Williams will try to sweep the jumps by winning the long jump today. Kentwood’s B.J. Arceneaux has the best mark in the state at 24-4.25, though Williams is not far behind at 24-3.5.
STEILACOOM THROWER WINS SHOT PUT
A year ago, Steilacoom’s Shreese Daniels climbed the medalist podium, but she was one step away from that lofty perch she craved, finishing second. This year, as a senior, she climbed to the very top having finished first in the 2A shot put.
“I’m excited,” she said. “Last year, I got second and I was close.”
This year in the finals, Daniels came up with the winning throw of 43 feet, 11 inches, on her second attempt in the finals.
“It wasn’t one of my best, but it was good enough to win,” she said.
But making that throw so early and unable to improve on it, she could only watch and wait.
“It’s tough; you sit there thinking, ‘Is she going to throw farther than me? Is she going to throw farther than me,” Daniels said.
No one did, and Daniels got her title.
“I’m really excited,” she said with shy smile. “I just don’t show my emotions that well.”
MORRISON GOING FOR STATE TITLES 9-12
Cherish Morrison is one of the most decorated track athletes in 2A history, and she’s just a junior. The Blaine sprinter won individual titles in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes and a 4×200 relay title as a freshman. She accomplished the feat again last year, taking home four golds. And on Friday, she put herself in position to do it again.
But Morrison was less than thrilled with her performance in the 100 meter prelims, posting a 12.67 which was the second best time.
Morrison is used to dominating.
“It was not a good race,” she said. “I started running and didn’t have the right mindset. I’m not proud of myself at all.”
Morrison came back in the 400 and posted the second fastest preliminary time of 58.28 – second fastest. But that wasn’t exactly pleasing to Morrison, who had her season interrupted with a quad injury.
“I pushed it to see if I still have the ‘umph,’ and I still do have the ‘umph,’” she said. “I take every day as it comes and I don’t like today. But every day is a new day, and I will do my best to prove myself.”
She turned in the top time in the 200, winning her heat in 25.43.
TOP SPRINTER MIGHT MISS FINALS
Federal Way sprinter Marjerae Gates won her 100-meter heat, but might not be able to compete in the finals today. Gates, who owns the fastest 100 time in the state, injured her hamstring while running the anchor leg of the Eagles’ 4×100 relay. Gates suffered a dislocated knee in April. Federal Way sprints coach Quinn Gillis said Gates would receive treatment and try to run today.
AR JUMPER LEADS SOUTH SOUND CHARGE
Brandi Williams of Auburn Riverside led a strong showing from South Sound athletes in the girls long jump. Williams won the event with a leap of 17-9, edging Kentridge’s Katie Lake and Curtis’ Kennadi Bouyer by 1.25 inches.
4A MEET NOTES
Jefferson’s Kayla Adams won her second girls shot put crown with a state-leading throw of 45 feet, 10.75 inches. … The 4A boys 800 should be one of the most competitive races today. Kent-Meridian’s Derrick Daigre and Jackson’s Grant Grosvenor, state leaders in the event, won their heats, though the top eight placers were separated by only three seconds. … Ferris’ Damon Unland and Drew Sharkey finished 1-2 in the boys discus. Unland won with a throw of 162-6.
3A/2A MEET NOTES
Renton’s P.J. Benedictus set a 2A meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 47-3.75. … Lakes’ Marquin Russell and Foss’ Marcus Chambers won their heats in the 3A boys 400. … Lincoln’s Quadelle Satterwhite was the only sprinter to finish the 3A boys 200 in fewer than 22 seconds, clocking a 21.94. … Wilson’s Zigquille Mabry took second to Dillon Baker of Shorecrest in the finals of the 3A boys 110-meter hurdles. … Kennewick’s Kaytlyn Coleman edged Lakes’ Sydney Spoja in the 3A girls discus, winning with a throw of 124-11. … Peninsula’s Jacob Gilman turned in the fastest time in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking 38.96. … Prairie’s Jon Lawson recorded the longest discus throw in the state this season with his hurl of 189-11 in the 3A boys finals.