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Jimbo Davis sits, comfortably, on the thick mat, watching as pole vaulters race past, attempting to fly.
"I see if their plant is good, if they swing up fully, a complete 180," says Davis,
Davis is qualified to advise, as he went to state in this event last year. Narrowly missing a spot on the podium, "I'm coming back for revenge," the senior says. Committed to football at the University of Nevada next fall, he wants to enjoy this last semester of Mount Si track and field.
Fellow senior Danielle Curley, who just missed state with a seventh-place finish at Districts last year, is the most experienced vaulter for the girls.
"We have a lot of potential for the next couple of years to really see people make it to Kingco, Districts and state," she said.
Seniors to watch include state-experienced hurdler Ashley Jackson, who took third in the state 300 hurdles event. Jackson is a mainstay in the program, having gone to state in hurdles three years running.
Senior Dom Canady is coming into the season in his best shape ever, and coaching staff say he'll likely be the lead distance runner.
For the girls, Bailey Scott and Abbey Bottemiller return to the distance group, and newcomer Maddy Hutchison could surprise as a fast 800 and 1,600-meter leader.
Then there's Bradly Stevens, who took home gold in the javelin at state in 2012, only to hurt his elbow on the very next throw. He's recovering and plans to be peaking by the time state comes this year.
"We're making sure it's strong enough," said Stevens, who has been putting in 2,000 throws a week. He's also closing in on his time in the 110 hurdles, which he narrowly missed a state berth in last year.
Underclassmen to keep an eye on include junior Gunnar Carlson, a javelin thrower since freshman year, who's throwing about 150 and has his sights on 195: "In jav, you get big leaps," he says.
Runners and jumpers Sean Hyland and Karlie Hurley—she went to state on the relay team last year—are also looking to hone their performances in the long jump and 400 meter dash.
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Mount Si track and field schedule
Thursday, March 21
• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 28
• Mount Si at Sammamish, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 4
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 18
• Mount Si at Liberty, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 25
• Mount Si at Mercer Island, with Mercer and Lake Washington, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8
• KingCo championships, 2 p.m. at Redmond.
Mount Si's Mitch Smith goes over the bar in the high jump at practice in March.
Sean Hyland soars in practice on the long jump.
Gunnar Carlson, a javelin thrower since freshman year, has his sights on setting a major personal record as a junior.