After three seasons, senior Jesse Guyer knows how the athletes around her interact.
“Every year, there are different groups of people, so you can expect different outcomes,” said the four-year Mount Si track athlete. Amid the big group taking the field in track, “you find your little group.”
She’s done that. As a runner, she will step up this year to lead the Mount Si girls relay squad. Priority one for senior year is to see her Mount Si 4x200 relay team go beyond their fifth place state finish last year and climb higher on the podium.
“We have a lot of potential for being at state,” Guyer said. “We know how to work together.”
She is among the Mount Si athletes that has been readying for their season with a regimen of Crossfit, running, and action. “I feel speedy,” Guyer says.
Junior Karlie Hurley is another Crossfitter with big expectations.
“Junior is a big year,” she said. “I hope I can improve my times.” She also wants to see her 4x400 relay team, which took fourth last year, make strides.
Among throwers, look for returners like Kristen Kasel, who took fourth at districts in discus, and Peter Link, who also qualified for state, to set the tone. Link threw 118 feet at state, good for 16th. But he knows that if he had thrown his best, 129.5, he would have landed in the top eight. He wants to go back, and has been pumping iron to make it happen.
“It’s different being the older one now,” the senior said. “I started because I thought it was fun. After I figured out I was decent, I liked to compete and beat people.” Link wants to break at least 145 feet.
“This will be the best girls team since I’ve lived here, easily,” said distance coach Sean Sundwall. “We have multiple distance girls this year who will likely rewrite school history.”
Look for seniors Bailey Scott and Madeleine Hutchison, freshman cross-country school record holder Hannah Waskom, and Lindsey Sydnor to cruise past the competition. On the boys side, Johnny Gendro and Grant Baker will lead the squad. On hurdles, look for Sydney Leonard, Mackenzie Hutchison, Jon Proctor and Andrew Harris to head up the pack.
Karlie Hurley and Jesse Guyer are key relayers for the Mount Si women's track squad.
Peter Link, state returner at discus.
Mount Si track and field schedule
Thursday, March 27
• Mount Si at Interlake, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 3
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 17
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 24
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 1
• Mount Si vs. Lake Washington, Mercer Island at Mercer Island, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 8
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14
• Kingco championships at Redmond High School, 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
• JV Kingco meet at Interlake, time TBD
Friday, May 16
• Kingco at Redmond, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21
• Districts at SW Athletic Complex, Seattle, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 23
• Districts at SW Athletic Complex, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 29
• State at Mount Tahoma Stadium