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Tag: Track and Field

May
26th

Track & Field: 1A, 2B, 1B state meet recap

CLASS 2B
A few months away from taking off to the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship, Tacoma Baptist’s Walker Williams could have laid low this spring.

But that is not how the big man rolls.

You see, he loves his school. He is sensitive to his surroundings. And, heck, winning another Class 2B discus title would not be a bad incentive, either.

Williams dominated the discus Saturday at the state meet. His throw of 161 feet, 5 inches won him back-to-back state titles.
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May
26th

Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 2A recap

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.”
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May
26th

Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 3A recap

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.
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May
26th

Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 4A recap

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.
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May
25th

Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 3A recap

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).”
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May
25th

Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 4A recap

Rachel O’Neil didn’t know if she had won the finals of the Class 4A girls 100-meter hurdles.

The Auburn Riverside junior believed she held off defending champion Sadie Sparks of Chiawana at the line Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium. But the finish was so close, she couldn’t be certain.

So, when it was confirmed to O’Neil that she was the winner, she burst with genuine emotion, hugging a stranger and screaming for joy.

“I’m just so happy,” she said between sobs. “I never thought that I was going to be No. 1 for anything.”

O’Neil won by two-hundredths of a second, winning with a time of 15.02 seconds on the second day of Star Track XXX.
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May
25th

Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 2A recap

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.
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