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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 3A recap

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on May 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm with No Comments »
May 26, 2012 8:13 pm

One standout’s brilliant high school career came to an end on Saturday, while another’s is just starting to burn white-hot.

On a brilliant and sunny Star Track Saturday, Lakes’ Izaic Yorks wrapped up his stellar Washington prep career by smashing the Class 3A record in the 1,600 meter run and taking home the title everyone expected him to win, while also grabbing the 800 meter run title to add to his massive collection of first place medals.

“No regrets, I got better each year and I got to where I wanted to be at the end,” said Yorks, who will run for University of Portland next season.

Meanwhile Marcus Chambers of Foss established himself as one of the top sprinters in the state. The ultra-talented junior took home the titles in both 200 and 400 and was already thinking about next season and taking down the longtime meet records in those events held by Ellensburg’s Ja’Warren Hooker.

“I’m not going to make any guarantees, but those times records are reachable,” Chambers said.

Yorks goal of posting a sub 4-minute time in the 1,600 took a bit of a hit when the winds kicked up a little in the afternoon. It also didn’t help his chances after running to victory in the 800 earlier in the day. Yorks broke the 3A meet record of 1:50.96 set by John Cote of Lindbergh in 1997 with a time of 1:50.56.

The 1,600 was anything but a blowout win. Shadle Park’s Nathan Weitz was running right with Yorks for most of the race. It wasn’t till the last 75 yards where Yorks truly pulled away. He crossed at 4:04.77, easily beating the record of 4:09.28 set by Dave Smith of Tumwater in 1988. Weitz finished at 4:05.60.

“Mentally it was pretty tough,” Yorks said. “The wind made it tough. I knew Nathan was right behind me, and I’m sure he knew I was hurting from the 800. But at the same time, I wanted it so badly.”

While his high school season is over, Yorks is just getting started.

“I still have some things I want to achieve and I have the postseason to do that,” he said.

He will travel to New York City’s Icahn Stadium to compete in the Dream Mile race on June 9 against the top high school runners in the country.

He has the fastest time in the 1,600 in the country at 4:04.00 and he wants to keep it that way, while breaking the 4-minute barrier.

“The conditions are going to be perfect,” Yorks said. “I have so much to prove. I feel like going under four is one of them. I don’t think I’m going to feel comfortable unless I’m tops in the nation.”

After getting caught and passed in the final 20 meters for the 400 last season, Chambers decided to make a change in his commitment to track. A quality basketball player for the Falcons, Chambers made track as his top priority. It meant training on the weekends, two-a-day workouts and staying after practice to train when everyone else was gone. That commitment was evident in the results.

“It was all worth it,” he said. “I’m dedicated to this sport.”

There would be no catching him on Saturday. Chambers exploded into the lead in the first 200 meters and was relentless down the stretch pulling away and posting a 47.63 – the fastest time in the state this season.

“I’ve been waiting for this day since last year,” he said. “It was all about the 400. This is my race.”

But just for good measure, Chambers took home the 200 title, edging defending state champion Quadelle Satterwhite of Lincoln and O’Dea’s Tatum Taylor with a time of 21.41.

“It was tough race,” Chambers said. “We went after each other. That’s what made it a good race. Nobody knew who was going to win.”

While Yorks and Chambers were expected to be champions, there’s always a few surprises and unexpected winners at Star Track, just ask Luke Plummer of Peninsula.

The senior wasn’t expecting to win the 3A triple jump title after a disappointing showing at the West Central District.

“It was crazy,” he said. “I don’t know how I even got here jumping 41 feet last week.”

Plummer went from the first flight of qualifying to the finals and then hitting the winning jump of 46 feet, 10 inches on his last jump.

“I PR’d by a foot,” he said. “I could feel it was a good jump and everyone is making noise about it. I couldn’t believe it. I jumped up and almost fell. It still doesn’t feel very real. I wasn’t expecting this.”

One thing could expect on the girls side was Bonney Lake’s Adara Winder climbing to the top of the podium.

The standout senior shot putter won her third straight state title with a throw of 45 feet, 9.25 inches.

“It never gets old,” she said. “If you saw me over there, I was crying.”

The pressure of being the thrower to beat was nothing like the pressure Winder put her on herself. She’s headed to the University of Idaho and has Olympic Dreams in 2016.

“I have to put that pressure on,” she said. “My marks are higher than everyone else. So I have to compete against the book and against myself. It’s all mental. I love it. I’ve had it since I was freshman year.”

Not bad for a girl who had plans to do the theater and other activities before finding track.

“I started track and fell in love,” she said. “It’s changed my life.”

Kamiakin’s Ellie Heiden helped the Braves take home the team 3A team title with 85 points. The scintillating sophomore won the 200 and 400, while anchoring the winning 4X100 and 4X200 relays.

“I crossed the finish line and was like ‘Holy Cow, this is crazy, I can’t believe this actually happened to me,” Heiden said after winning the 200, her fourth gold of the day.

AROUND THE TRACK
Bellevue won the boys team title with 65 points, while Lakes finished second with 45. The Wolverines were led by victories in the 4X100 and 4X400 relays. … Juanita’s Alanna Coker was a double winner, taking home the 100 meter dash and setting a 3A meet record in triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 1.75 inches, braking the record of 39-4.50 set by Kolleen Gaires of Edmonds-Woodway in 1991. … Highline’s Jennifer DeBellis tied the meet record of 12 feet, 6 inches she set a year ago in winning the girls pole vault.

Ryan Divish, staff writer

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