Cedarcrest sends nine athletes to state

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SEATTLE - Members of the Cedarcrest High School track team put on some outstanding performances in the Sea-King District meet. In all, nine athletes advance to the state meet to be held this weekend in Tacoma. And as a result of their individual efforts, the girls' team finished in eighth place, while the boys' team took home a 15th-place finish out of 26 teams.

Aaron O'Neal took second in the javelin with a throw of 187 feet, 3 inches. Kelly Ramirez bettered her effort last year at district in the mile - 5:17.64 - and ran to a third-place finish with a time of 5:09.90, a personal record for her.

James Conrick ran a 4:23 mile and took third place. He also ran to a fifth-place finish in the two-mile with a time of 9:43, which also qualified him for state.

Erin Kendig ran the 400-meter preliminaries and finals in 60 seconds, finishing in fourth place. He also anchored the 4x400 relay team that qualified for state with a time of 4:09, good for a fifth-place finish.

The KingCo League discus champion, Lindsay Peterson made it to the finals on Wednesday with a fifth-place finish at 100 feet, 6 inches. Winning the district championship in the discus was Mount Si's Tanya Smart, whom Peterson had beaten in the league championship. Both will advance to the state meet.

Peterson was happy with her performance at the league meet, saying, "It felt really good because it was the biggest accomplishment I've had so far this year." But she wasn't as happy with her performance at district.

"I was nervous, but I think it was more a mental thing," Peterson said. "I haven't been throwing well this week, so I came into it thinking I wasn't going to throw very well."

Peterson is a senior this year, and this is her first year competing in the discus. She used to run in relays and compete in the high jump.

"I came into it last year because I had so many surgeries on my knees," Peterson said. "I like the discus the most."

Maile Marshall took fifth in the high-jump finals by clearing 5 feet. She will go to state.

Ashley Grant ran 2:25 in the 800-meter finals and will go to state. She was also part of the 4x400 relay team of Kendig, Jamie Brooks and Sarah Gustat that qualified for state by finishing fifth.

After running 2:24 and taking seventh place in the 800-meter preliminaries, Grant said she was happy with her race.

"The wind was pretty nice in the back corner. The first lap was a 69 [-second split], which is fast but not real quick," she said. "It was good to make it to finals."

The girls' 800-relay time of 1:57 was not quick enough to advance to state. The Renton team ran 1:48, and the team from Sammamish finished in 1:49, which was the last spot.

In other events, Abby Kwiat placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles; Lauren Trocano threw the shot 32 feet, 11 inches; Aaron Pedeferri soared 10 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault; and Jamie Brooks was 16th in the 100-meters with a time of 13.69 seconds. None made the top-six cutoff for advancing to the state meet.

The athletes will compete in the state track meet at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday and continues through Saturday until approximately 8:30 p.m., when awards will be presented.

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