Cedarcrest rolls in early-season meet

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WOODINVILLE - The Cedarcrest track team turned in some notable performances and near-miss school records Saturday at the Woodinville Jamboree, its first meet of the season.

Sophomore Aaron Pedeferri vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. It tied his personal best from last year. His brother, Eric, holds the school record at 13 feet, 3 inches. Coach Bruce McDowell said Pedeferri vaulted very well considering this was the first meet of the season.

James Conrick, a senior, however, did post a new school record. He ran the 800 meters in 2:01.3. Conrick was the school record holder last year with a time of 2:01.6.

Senior Brian Hunter ran the 100-meter race in 11.5 seconds. The boys' school record is 11.1 seconds, set by Jacob Predmore in 1995 and duplicated by Mike Corley in 1997.

Junior Aaron O'Neal threw the javelin 180 feet, 9 inches, about 7 feet short of a school record he set last year with a throw of 187 feet, 7 inches, a throw which garnered fourth place at state.

Cole Birk, a junior, threw the shot put 35 feet, 7 inches. In the same event Stu Swenson, a freshman, threw 28 feet, 9 inches, and Kenny Dorning, a junior, threw 28 feet, 2 inches. Birk also participated in the discus, recording a throw of 97 feet, 1 inch.

No one ran hurdles on the boys' team.

Chris Lee, a senior, ran the 400-meter race in 1:00.5, and took sixth place among his teammates at the meet. He ran 2:15.1 in the 800 meters, garnering a third-place finish behind teammates Conrick and Danny Abell, who placed second with a time of 2:07.6.

Senior Darren DeBoer finished the 400-meter race with a time of 59.9 seconds and placed fourth against Conrick (55.3), Chris Martin (56.6), and Abell (57.0).

The boys' team fielded two 4x400-meter relay teams but did not fare well. The first team, consisting of Chris Martin, Tate Brammer, Nick McBride and DeBoer, finished the race in 4:02.1. Ian Wright, Junwen Law, Matt Kersten and Brian Lee finished their 4x400- meter relay with a time of 4:19.1. Wright, Law, Kersten and Lee each also ran the 1,600 meters and finished in under 5:40. Conrick holds the school record time of 4:27:29.

McDowell was impressed with such strong performances so early in the season.

"Some had some high expectations and didn't perform as well, but all in all, it was a pretty good meet," he said.

Since this was a jamboree meet, each athlete was only able to participate in two events and didn't necessarily participate in event the which they excel, McDowell said. The meet also was not scored, so Cedarcrest was not able to judge how it performed against the other teams, which included Seattle Prep, Woodinville and Bellingham.

On the girls' side, junior Erin Kendig ran the 400-meter race in 1:02.8, two seconds slower than her school record from last year.

Distance runner Kelly Ramirez ran both the 400 and 800 meters, placing second for Cedarcrest in each event. Ramirez's specialty is the 1,600 and the 3,200 meters, two events in which she holds school records - 5:17.64 in the 1,600, and 11:39.25 in the 3,200. Ramirez also qualified for state in the 1,600 last year and placed 14th. She is a sophomore this year.

Distance runner Yingxuan Law, a junior, ran the 1,600 meters in 5:57.9. At one point she was running in second place behind a Seattle Prep runner, but was passed on the final lap and took third. She said later she did not know the girl who passed her was one of the top cross-country runners in the area, and she probably shouldn't have started out so fast at the beginning of the race.

"I just got a little tired, I think," Law said. "I tried to stay with her, and it was kind of a mistake." Law's best time in the 1,600 last year was 5:22, only five seconds off Ramirez's best time.

Senior Ashley Grant finished the mile in sixth place with a time of 6:06.9.

Maile Marshall, a junior, competed in the high and triple jumps. She holds the school record for these, but fell short by 2 inches in the high jump with an effort of 4 feet, 8 inches, and jumped 29 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump. Marshall is also an alternate on the girls' relay team that placed sixth at state last year.

Senior Candice Shephard also participated in the high jump and finished at a height of 4 feet, 8 inches. Shephard jumped 28 feet, 1 inch in the triple jump.

Maika Takanohara, a freshman, and Karley Korshaven, a sophomore, participated in the shot put. Takanohara threw 22 feet, 7 inches, and Korshaven threw 17 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Lindsay Peterson had the best throw for the team in the discus, throwing 102 feet, 9 inches. Her personal record is 114 feet, 10 inches. Peterson took second place at district last year and qualified for state but did not place. Peterson also threw the javelin on Saturday. Her throw went 86 feet, 8 inches.

Sophomore Anjuli Brady participated in the long jump. She jumped 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches, about a foot less than Peterson's school record of 15 feet 3 inches.

The girls' 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Jamie Brooks, Sarah Gustat, Ashley Grant and Erin Kendig did not race.

"You're limited in terms of who is competing," McDowell said. "That's why we only ran a few of the relays." Instead, they competed in the sprints and middle-distance events.

Brooks ran the 100 meters in 13.4 seconds, less than one second off her school record time of 12.6 seconds, and finished the 200 meters in 28.4 seconds, taking second place behind teammate Kendig's time of 28.2 seconds.

Kendig finished the 400-meter race in 1:02.8, and Grant ended the 800 meters in 2:41, 12 seconds slower than her personal best of 2:29. Relay teammate Gustat was injured and did not race on Saturday.

Senior Abby Kwiat ran the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.8 seconds. Her personal best is 16.2 seconds, a school record, and the 26th best time in the state last year.

Cedarcrest competes in its first league meet against Interlake on March 22.

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