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.” Read more »
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. Read more »
Marcus Chambers wouldn’t quite admit that Saturday’s preliminary races in the 200 and 400 meter dashes were easy. But the junior from Foss sure made it look that way.
Chambers looked at ease as he easily cruised to heat wins in each event, while also posting the top times as well.
“Hard work pays off,” he said moments after the 200. “My plan was to win my races and try to come in with the fastest times. I didn’t want to give my all because there is no point giving it your all and then running slower in the finals. I know I will be stronger for (today).” Read more »
While his competitors probably into the preliminary races of the 300 hurdles with the mindset of just surviving, not falling and making the finals, Daniel Zmuda had a slightly different approach. The Steilacoom junior was looking to make a little history on Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium for Star Track XXX.
With a day to recover, Zmuda set his sights on the Class 2A meet record of 37.79 set by John Casselman of Pullman in 2003.
“I was shooting for that record,” he said. “I knew I had a days rest and would be good for tomorrow. I really thought I could get it.”
However with the wind blowing up to 15 miles per hour during the race, it wasn’t meant to be.
“If it wasn’t for that wind,” Zmuda said shaking his head. Read more »