Keeping the pace: ‘Cat track athletes hone skills going into league, districts

 Mount Si runners in the 4-by-400 relay. Above, Sam Isen hands off to Devin Sharps; - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Mount Si runners in the 4-by-400 relay. Above, Sam Isen hands off to Devin Sharps;
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Between breaths, Dom Canady sipped water and received the congratulations of his Bellevue opponents after his win in the two-mile race.

Cheered as he made eight laps of the Mount Si track, he pulled ahead of Bellevue’s boys in the second and third spots on his second lap, then passed the Wolverine leader in lap three.

“It felt like I needed to pick it up,” Canady said. “That’s what I tried to do, the rest of the race. Just keep the pace.”

Canady finished the two-mile with a 16-second lead over his nearest competitor, in 10:20.01. He was looking forward to the final event of the day, moments later, the 4X400 relay B team with Tim Corrie, Tom Kirby and Sean Hecker. But the two-mile is his favorite event.

The University of Washington-bound senior will look back on his four-year Mount Si running career with the bittersweet sense of the dedicated teammate.

“I’ve met a lot of great people and formed a lot of great friendships,” Canady said.

High flyer

Hosting Bellevue on Thursday, May 2, Mount Si’s boys fell as a team to Bellevue, 87 to 58. The girls team, however, won their day, 81-68.

Mikaela Davis was stoked to have broken the sophomore class record for pole vault. She nailed nine-foot-six in the event, a new personal record, and was Mount Si girls’ top vault finisher.

“It just kind of happened,” Davis said. “It does happen fast. You’ve got a split second. Your form has to be right on.”

A gymnast and cheer flyer, she’s used to going airborne—“I love it.”

Preston Banks held the silver baton in his hands after completing the final event of the day, the 4-by-400 relay.  He sprinted hard to carry the final lap for Mount Si, but was still hungry for improvement. His relay squad practiced the hand-offs, “but in practice, you don’t run a 400 before handing it off.”

As Mount Si gets into heavy competition in the post-season, he expects things like the relay handoffs to get tighter. This is his favorite event, and he’s looking forward to league.

“Our time will go down,” he promised. “It’s all about coming out here, competing and having fun.”

Junior Jesse Guyer and her 4-by-400 girls teammates ran the relay by themselves.

“We had no competition!” she said. “However, we always go in races, aiming for a PR. We’re a very self-motivated team. We’re always looking for the end goal, which is to get a good time for league.”

They had a good run, even without the push of an opponent.

“A 4:20, not bad,” she said of her team’s time. “We can run better. I know we can.”

May 2, Mount Si boys results: Jimbo Davis had a fourth place in the 100 meter race, and was second in pole vault with a 12-foot-six vault. Ehren Eichler finished fourth in the 200 meter race, followed by Keldon Back at fifth. Sam Isen and Preston Banks were one and two in the 400 meter race. Freshman Miguel Stubing was fourth in the 800 meter race. Tom Kirby was third in the mile. At the 110 hurdles, it was a Mount Si sweep with Bradly Stevens, Jon Proctor, Andrew Harris, Aaron Robey and Cameron Bolt in the top five. In the 300 meter hurdles, Aaron Robey took second. Mount Si’s 4x100 relay team took second to a Bellevue squad. Cameron Davis was second in shot, Peter Link was second in discus. Stevens was first in the javelin with a 199-foot, five-inch throw. Proctor won the high jump, with five-foot-10, followed by Wildcats Mitch Smith, Andrew Harris and Jacob Wachtendonk—who was fifth in long jump.

Girls results: Jesse Guyer won the 100 meter race, with Curstyn Williamson in second. Karlie Hurley won the 200 meter race and the 400 meter race. Kelli Christopherson and Sarah Miller were third and fourth in the 200, and Hannah Richmond was fourth in the 400. Bailey Scott was second in the 1,600 meter race, and Delany Hollis was fifth. Annie Shaw was fifth in the 3,200 meter race. Ashley Jackson was first in the 300 meter 30-inch hurdles. Mount Si’s 4-by-200 relay team of Karlie Hurley, Mackenzie Hutchison, Richmond and Guyer won the event. Guyer, Hutchinson, Pauline Kaczmarek and Richmond finished their 4-by-400 relay in 4:20.43. Sydney Leonard was second in shot and first in javelin, and second in high jump, Andrea Suttle was first in discus. Hurley was first in long jump.

Above, Pauline Kaczmarek passes the baton to Mackenzie Hutchinson in the 4-by-400 relay. Below, Dom Canady cruises in the two-mile race, which he won.



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