Wildcat track getting primed for postseason

The Mount Si High School track and field team traveled to Bellevue last Thursday, April 24, for a Kingco meet with the Wolverines.

On the boys’ side, Bellevue took the overall team victory, but there were a number of excellent performances by seniors. Frank McLaughlin won both the 100 and 200 meter runs. His 100 time was 11.15 seconds; his 200, 22.40.

“I thought I did pretty well,” McLaughlin said.

Colin Alexander won the 400 meters with a time a 54.11, and Drake da Ponte won the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.04.

Mount Si’s discus throwers swept the top three places in that event, led by senior Josh Davis’ 161-foot, 2-inch throw. Aaron Moetului and Ryan Ransavage helped complete the sweep for the Wildcats.

There were a couple of strong performances by distance runners, as Owen Strom finished second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:46.45. Da Ponte nabbed a second in the 3,200-meter event, clocking in at 10:01.40.

Alexander took top spot in the pole vault with a throw of 10 feet. Zac Pearlstein won the triple jump with a jump of 36 feet, 11 inches.

The girls won the overall team victory in their competition with Bellevue, and there were many excellent performances.

Helen Hasbun won the 100 meters with a time of 12.97 seconds. Katie Woolsey won the 200 meters with a career-best time of 27.12.

Getting a career high mark is a pretty big deal, according to Woolsey.

“It’s just incredible, because then you think back to all the days that you were down on yourself, that things weren’t going good,” she said. “You just think ‘what was I doing then?’ It really, actually paid off.”

Kayla McLain finished in second in the event, just .31 seconds behind Woolsey.

Alex Rudd won the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:02. Diane Keller took care of business in the 100 high hurdles, winning it with a time of 16.48 seconds. Lauren Snead was right behind in second in the event with a 18.56 time. Snead also grabbed second in the 300 low hurdles with a time of 52.94.

Mount Si girls’ relay runners dominated, winning both the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 races. Symone Shaw, Woolsey, McLain, Hasbun, and Natalie Opsvig were on one or both of those winning efforts. The Wildcat girls’ 4-by-400 foursome of the Robbins sisters, Marley and Taylor, along with Megan Past and Dannah Parsons, finished second in their relay.

There were a lot of solid efforts in throwing and jumping events, as well. Mount Si swept the top four spots in the javelin, led by the 97’03” winning throw of Emily Ferree. Stephanie Burk won the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 2 inches. Diane Keller and Wendy Hecker finished tied for second in that competition.

Shaw dominated in the triple and long jumps, winning both. Hasbun finished second in the long jump, while Burk finished third in the long jump.

Mount Si is home for their final meet of the regular season Thursday, May 1, against Cedarcrest and Mercer Island. Things get underway at 4 p.m., and McLaughlin says fans are in for a treat. “Definitely with it being our last meet of the season, I know everybody’s just going to go all out and perform our best,” he said. “Cedarcrest and Mercer Island are sort of our rivals, so nobody’s going to want to lose.”

Wildcats test their skills in big out-of-town meets

Mount Si’s teams traveled last Saturday, April 26, to two big meets. The boys went to the Shoreline Invitational, while the girls went to Shelton for their invitational meet.

Strong performances at Shoreline came from McLaughlin, who finished fifth in the 400-meter finals with a time of 50.36, and the Wildcat boys distance medley relay team, who finished second with a time of 10:57.49. In Shelton, it was a big day for Woolsey, who finished fifth in the 200 meter finals, with a time of 27.04. Keller also had a nice day in the 100 high hurdle finals, where she finished fourth. Hasbun also finished strong, with a seventh in the 100-meter finals. Two of Mount Si’s relay teams, the 4-by-100 meter and the distance medley, both finished third in their respective events.

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