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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 4A recap

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on May 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm with No Comments »
May 26, 2012 8:21 pm

Someday, maybe next year or the year after, a sprinter will beat Wenatchee sophomore Isaiah Brandt-Sims at the Class 4A state track and field championships.

It didn’t happen Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium as the sophomore defended his state titles in the 100- and 200-meter sprints at Star Track 30.

“Pretty good day, I guess,” Brandt-Sims said. “I won the 100 and 200. I’m pretty excited about that.”

Brandt-Sims’ winning times in the sprints were 10.82 and 21.74 seconds

No big-school athlete in state history has won four consecutive state titles in the 100 or 200, let alone both. Brandt-Sims could be the first.

“I’ve thought about it a little bit,” Brandt-Sims admitted. “It just depends who comes up. There could be a freshman – just like me last year – that comes up and smokes me.”

Until that happens, Brandt-Sims appears to be the benchmark with whom all other sprinters will measure themselves against.

A week ago, Gig Habor’s Justin Browne expressed his desire to race Brandt-Sims at state in the 100. Browne got his chance in the finals and led a majority of the race.

“I was hoping for first and I was in the lead for a little bit,” Browne said,” but he’s a great competitor.”

Browne showed his own competitiveness about an hour later in the 4×100. The top-seeded Tides were in third place when Browne took the baton on the last leg. He blazed past runners from Federal Way and Mead, crossing the line with a state-leading time of 41.43 seconds.

Browne added a long jump state title in the afternoon that gave the Tides the boost they needed to claim the boys team championship. Gig Harbor totaled 62 points and runner-up Mead had 58.

Curtis claimed the girls team title, thanks to strong performances in relays and sprints. The Vikings tallied 62 points and were followed by Auburn Riverside (55), Kentwood (45) and Gig Harbor (36).

Curtis junior Kennadi Bouyer swept the girls 100 and 200, with times of 12.10 and 24.95 seconds, respectively. Like Brandt-Sims, the junior will have the opportunity to defend her titles next year, too. And she knows just how to prepare, but might have difficulty executing her program.

“Train with people who are faster than me,” she said.

Bouyer was part of Curtis’ championship 4×100 and 4×200 relays, too.

In the 4×200, anchor-leg Kira Perkins vaulted the Vikings to victory. The junior took the baton in third place and was forced to the outside. As she rounded the curve and popped into the home stretch, she was nearly even with the leader when a familiar voice pierced through the crowd’s noise.

“I heard my mom yelling ‘Come on Kira! You got her!,’” said Perkins, who kept going and powered to the line for a winning time of 1:42.29.

When Perkins got the baton as the fourth leg in the 4×100, all she had to do was maintain the lead her teammates gave her. She extended it and Curtis won in 48.31 seconds.

Bellarmine Prep’s state-leading girls 4×400 relay won the event for the second year in a row. Hannah Derby chased down an Issaquah runner on the final lap and the Lions challenged the meet record, clocking 3:51.80 – one-tenth of a second from the record set in 1983.

Derby repeated as champion in the 400, too. Derby’s time of 55.51 seconds is the fastest in 4A this season.

AROUND THE TRACK
Heritage’s Sean Keller broke the javelin state meet record he set last year when he won with a throw of 227-11. … Wenatchee’s Eric Boersma set a meet record in the 800 with a winning time of 1:49.87. … Federal Way’s boys won the 4×400 in 3:19.08. … In the boys 1,600, Mead’s Andrew Gardner beat Gonzaga Prep’s Conor McCandless by one-hundredth of a second, winning in 4:09.71. … Mount Rainier’s Jordan McPhee won the girls 1,600 in 5:01.27. … Federal Way freshman Mariyah Vongsaveng was first in the girls 300 hurdles in 44.79. … The boys and girls pole vault events were dedicated to former Federal Way coach Jean Licari, who lost a battle with cancer in January. Licari was a long-time Eagles track and field coach.

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