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Valley teams sprint past Islanders
MERCER ISLAND - Mount Si, Cedarcrest and Mercer Island battled each other in a three-team meet at Mercer Island last Thursday, and both Valley squads came away winners. Cedarcrest won the girls' meet by racking up 86 points and taking 10 of 17 events. Mount Si followed with 58 points and Mercer Island had 40.
In the boys' competition, Mount Si beat both Mercer Island and Cedarcrest, earning 81 points to the 46.5 scored by both the Islanders and Red Wolves.
Cedarcrest's girls dominated the opening five events, placing first in each. Jamie Brooks won the 100-meter with a time of 12.8 seconds; Erin Kendig won the 200-meter and 400-meter with times of 26.9 seconds and 60 seconds; and Kelly Ramirez won the mile in 5:19.5.
Ramirez led the entire race and gradually widened the gap between herself and Jessica Scalzo of Mount Si. Scalzo eventually placed second with a time of 5:28. Ramirez said the pace started out fast, but that her strategy was to go faster each lap and not slow down.
"The first lap was the fastest. It was like a 75 or 74 [seconds]. It was really fast," Ramirez said, adding that she hopes to better her time in the future.
"I kind of want to get down to 5:10," she said. "We're starting faster speed workouts [in the coming weeks.]"
The Red Wolves also led in all of the relays, taking first place in the 4x100-meter, 4x200 and 4x400. Anjuli Brady, Sarah Gustat and Abby Kwiat ran the first three legs of the 4x100 and Jamie Brooks anchored, crossing the finish line in 52.4 seconds. The four also ran the 4x200-meter race, finishing in 1:54.9. The 4x400 was run by Ashley Grant, Ramirez, Brooks and Kendig, and they finished in a time of 4:20.9.
Kwiat placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 31 feet, 6 inches, and Katie Maurer placed first in the pole vault and cleared 9 feet.
Lindsay Peterson and Lauren Trocano took second and third place for CHS in the discus with throws of 107 feet, 2 inches, and 91 feet, 4 inches, respectively. Erica Burch threw the javelin 82 feet, 9 inches, good for second place, and Peterson picked up third place with her throw of 82 feet, 9 inches. Maile Marshall placed second in the high jump with a 5-foot jump and took third in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 5 inches.
Mount Si competitors earned six first-place honors in the two-mile, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump and triple jump.
Scalzo stole the show in the two-mile, running it in 11:44.9. Ashley Van Oeveren threw the shot 30 feet, 11 inches. Tanya Smart hurled the discus 111 feet, 6 inches, and threw the javelin 86 feet. Ashley Wiegardt jumped 15 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the long jump and garnered her second first-place finish of the day in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 5 inches. She also ran a personal best of 27.4 seconds in the 200-meter.
In the boys' competition, Mount Si captured seven first-place finishes, including Eddie Horstman's time of 23.8 seconds in the 200-meter and Dan Barry's time of 52.6 seconds in the 400-meter race.
In the 300-meter high hurdles, Nick Verbon took first with a time of 42.5 seconds, and because of a technicality, took second in the 110-meter high hurdles behind Islander David Kirtman. Verbon finished with a time of 15.1 seconds, one-tenth of a second behind Kirtman.
Mount Si sprinted around the track in 44.6 seconds to win the 4x100 relay, run by Kai Miyamoto, Dan Barry, Todd Barry and Horstman. The Wildcats' 4x400 relay team nabbed the top spot with a time of 3:46.
Dan Haakenson won the discus with a throw of 158 feet, 9 inches. Nils Bubeck finished on top in the long jump with an effort of 18 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and Verbon placed second with a jump of 18 feet, 5 3/4 inches. Shota Ishitani won the pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches, and Jonas Bekins placed third in the discus with his throw of 112 feet, 3 inches.
In other events, sophomore Brian Lewis set a personal record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 8 inches, which earned him second place. And Craig Fanger finished second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:09.4, only two seconds behind Connor Stinson of Mercer Island.
Cedarcrest notched four first-place wins in the boys' competition, three of which came from James and Pat Conrick. James Conrick ran 9:46 in the two-mile, and Pat Conrick sailed over 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump. He also recorded 38 feet, 9 inches, in the triple jump.
The team also took several second- and third-place honors. Brian Hunter placed second in the 100-meter and 200-meter with times of 11.3 seconds and 23.7 seconds, respectively. The 4x400 relay team consisting of Chris Martin, Colin McDonnell, Danny Abell and James Conrick, placed second, running the race in 3:52.6.
Warrick Holfeld placed second in the 300-meter high hurdles with a time of 46.1 seconds, and Logan Kingston cleared 9 feet in the pole vault, also placing second. Martin was third in the 400-meter with a time of 56.4 seconds, and Chris Lee took third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10. The 4x100-meter team run by Nick McBride, Matt Warner, Billy English and Hunter garnered third, crossing the finish line in 47 seconds.
Mount Si and Cedarcrest will each compete in two more league meets before the KingCo League championships on May 10 and 11. Mount Si matches up with Liberty at 3:45 p.m. today at LHS, and then with Interlake on May 2. Cedarcrest will compete with Newport at 3:45 p.m. today at NHS, and against Skyline on May 3.