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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 2A recap

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on May 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm with No Comments »
May 26, 2012 8:15 pm

Marcus Dickson and his fellow competitors in the Class 2A boys 1,600 meter state finals helped changed the perception of distance runners at Star Track 30

On a sunny and bright Saturday and Mount Tahoma Stadium, Dickson led a group of six runners that posted times faster than the 2A state meet record of 4:15.70 set by Mason McHenry of Sehome in 2007.

Of course, Dickson was the fastest, running a 4:10.79 to win his second straight title. But he was certainly pushed by Squalicum’s Patrick Gibson, who ran right with Dickson, until the White River senior pulled away.

“I’m the defending champion and I was hurting with one lap to go,” Dickson said. “Every time Patrick made a move, I tried to cover it. With like 200 meters to go, I knew my whole town is here, and we were going for a team state title, I just had to keep on driving.”

Dickson pulled away just enough to secure the title. The duel with Gibson brought a smile to his face.
“I don’t race for time,” he said. “I race for competition. I love the competition aspect.”

But owning the record time was also something he liked.

“Last year I won with a 4:17, to win it with a 4:10 is a lot more respectable,” he said. “It puts 2A on the map a little bit.”

The pace was so fast that Dayde Collins of Deer Park also bested the meet record while finishing sixth with a time of 4:15.46.

Dickson took home a title in the 800 meter run earlier in the day, running a 1:52.84. But his two titles and his anchor leg in the 4×400 relay team, which finished second, wasn’t enough to give White River the team title. The Hornets scored 58 team points and were second to Ephrata, which secured the team title by winning the 4×400 relay and scoring 66 team points.

Blaine’s Cherish Morrison was the star of the girls meet. For the third time in four seasons, the senior swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints and anchored the Borderites’ winning 4×400 relay team.
Morrison broke her own meet record in the 400, winning in 56.09 seconds. She led the entire race, but began to struggle with about 50 meters remaining.

“My form was gone, my face was clenched, I just wanted the race to end,” she said. “When it ended I didn’t care about my time, all I knew was I was light-headed and my brain was all tingly.”

Blaine’s 4×400 relay crushed the previous meet record by more than three seconds, posting a time of 3:56.59.

Morrison finishes her prep career with 14 track state championships – 11 individual and three relay titles.

Steilacoom’s Daniel Zmuda looked at the scrapes and track burns on his knees, elbow and shoulders. His first response?

“So worth it,” he said smiling and admiring the wounds of victory.

Steilacoom’s standout junior hurdler earned the wounds with a last ditch lunge/dive and tumble at the finish line to claim the 2A title in the 300 hurdles, edging out Craig Allen of North Mason.

It was so close that Zmuda didn’t celebrate a victory right away.

“I had a gut feeling when I was diving,” he said. “I didn’t see anyone on my left or right. But you could never be too sure. I was hoping for the best. It was a good race.”

Zmuda had to put all of his hopes on the 300 hurdles after he failed to qualify for state in the 110 hurdles after getting disqualified at 2A sub-districts.

“It’s all I thought about this week,” he said. “I knew this was my only chance.”

Well, it was his only chance this season. He’s already got big plans for his senior season.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m looking for sub-14 in the 110s and to hit 36 in the 300. I’m going to train all offseason and finish stronger my senior year.”

AROUND THE TRACK
Sumner freshman Alyssa Murray won the girls 1,600 with a time of 5:02.76. Murray passed Squalicum’s Brittany Gappa on the homestretch to win. … Jonathan Green was a big contributor for Ephrata’s team title. The sophomore sprinter tok home the 200 meter title, and finished third in the 100, while anchoring Ephrata’s title winning 4X100 relay team. … Pullman’s Adam Mahama took home the discus title with a toss of 172 feet, three inches. He finished third last season as a junior. . … Tumwater’s Andrew Brown repeated as 2A 400 meter champion, while posted a 2A meet record of 48.35. The previous record was 48.28 which was set by Cade Wandling of Prosser in 2008. . … Sehome’s 4×200 girls relay team broke its own state meet record when it won the event in 1:41.70 seconds. … North Kitsap won the girls team title.

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