By TODD MILLES
About halfway down the home stretch, Lakes High’s Izaic Yorks came face-to-face with his most nerve-racking track-and-field foe.
The stopwatch ticker.
As it counted off seconds, Yorks furiously pumped his arms and kept sprinting – his face straining with will.
After he crossed the finish line, Yorks had a bit of Washington state high school history in the 1,600-meter run, completing the four laps in 4 minutes, 4 seconds.
Not only was it an all-time best mark in the state, he wrested away the 2012 national lead from a fellow Pierce County runner – White River’s Marcus Dickson (4:05.83).
Yorks’ effort capped a series of record-breaking performances at the Class 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Foss High’s Marcus Chambers set meet records in the boys’ 200 (21.58) and 400 (47.74), remarking afterward that he “gave the crowd a little, ‘Ooh!’”
“Next week, I expect better,” he added.
A pair of underclassmen girls from Southwest Washington – Kelso’s Kiana Davis and Camas’ Alexa Efraimson – also rewrote the record books
Davis jumped 38 feet, 21/2 inches in the girls’ triple jump to erase Highline standout Nkeiru Ugwoaba’s previous mark of 37-81/2 in 2005 while Efraimson, a ninth grader, supplanted Bonney Lake’s Veronica Stinnett as the record-holder in the girls’ 800 – 2:12.26 (Stinnett’s mark was 2:12.95, set in 2010).
Other multiple-event winners included Decatur’s Drew Thompson (boys’ 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Auburn Mountainview’s Erika Lombardo (girls’ 100, 200), Highline’s Michelle Stolz (girls’ 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Yorks (boys’ 800, 1,600).
With 87 points, Lakes easily captured the boys’ team title. Camas (75 points) edged Columbia River (74) for the girls’ crown.
Perfection is in the eyes of the beholder. And Yorks is regarded as the ultimate perfectionist when it comes to racing.
He set his opening two-lap split in 2:03, which he hit right on the mark. And after he completed the third lap in another 60 seconds, he had a one-lap sprint to the finish.
“Actually I had planned on running hard in this race,” the Portland-bound Yorks said. “It came together.”
He completed the final 400 meter in 1:01.
“That is incredible,” said Capital’s Alec Temple, who finished third in 4:19.06. “Someday he will be in the Olympics – and I ran against Izaic Yorks.”
AROUND THE TRACK
* Who knows, maybe Thompson will be in the Olympics someday, too – as a decathlete.
The surprise Saturday wasn’t that the Decatur senior won the boys’ 110 hurdles – in 14.83. It was that he upended 300 hurdles favorite Rashon Smith, of Timberline, in the finals.
Thompson took home three district titles from this weekend.
“It feels pretty good, I am not going to lie.” Thompson said. “I have senior prom tonight, and I am going to be pretty happy.”
* A year ago, Lombardo – the SPSL 3A’s top sprinter – wasn’t making plans for Star Track. Instead, she was apologizing to teammates for violating the school’s athletic code, and getting kicked off the squad.
“It was horrible,” she said. “This year, I focused all on track.”
She won WCD girls’ titles in the 100 (12.31) and 200 (25.90).
* Quietly, Quadelle Satterwhite has etched his name as one of the all-time greats at tradition-rich Lincoln.
But last week, he re-aggravated a right quadriceps injury Monday in practice, and sat out the rest of the week. He was worried just getting through qualifying and finals this weekend.
Going at about “80 percent,” Satterwhite blitzed the field in the boys’ 100 in 10.98.
“I massaged the leg a little bit right before the start,” Satterwhite said. “I did not feel it until the end.”
* Bonney Lake’s Adara Winder is the two-time defending 3A girls’ shot put champion. And she has no intention of giving that up next week at Star Track.
The Panthers’ standout, who is headed to Idaho, won the district title at 42-71/2. Then, she loudly proclaimed how her final meet will play out.
“I am hitting 50 feet next week – some way, somehow,” Winder said. “I am training this week for it like nobody’s business.”