Girls team favorite
Since 2003, the Class 4A team title has been like a relay handoff among Curtis (won in 2003-04 and 2012), Bellarmine Prep (2005-06, 2009) and Gig Harbor (2007). All three schools return lots of state-placing firepower, and we give the Vikings the edge based on speedsters Kennadi Bouyer, Kenya Shakoor, Kira Perkins, Adreonia Bradley and their collective four state titles from last season.
Athlete to watch
Gig Harbor’s Courtney Jost is a jumping fiend. The reigning Class 4A triple jump champion (39 feet, 41/2 inches) has greatly improved her speed to be a threat in the long jump (18-73/4) and high jump (5-6) this season. In fact, she posted the fifth-best “jumping” combination mark last season in Washington state history.
Other top athletes
4A – Kennadi Bouyer, Curtis, Sr. (100, 200); Hannah Derby, Bellarmine Prep, Jr. (400); Rachel O’Neil, Auburn Riverside, Sr. (100 hurdles); Mariyah Vongsaveng, Federal Way. So. (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Brandi Williams, Auburn Riverside, Sr. (100, 200, long jump).
3A – Jada Harvey, Lincoln, Sr. (shot put).
2A – Alyssa Murray, Sumner, So. (1,600).
2B – Rebecca McDonald, Tacoma Baptist, Sr. (100, 200).
1B – Rachel Siltman, Mount Rainier Lutheran, sr. (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump).