CHS track team braves weather in loss to Issaquah

ISSAQUAH - Rainy conditions and a puddle-filled track did not help the Cedarcrest High School track team in its quest to beat one of the best teams in the KingCo League last Thursday against Issaquah.

ISSAQUAH – Rainy conditions and a puddle-filled track did not help the Cedarcrest High School track team in its quest to beat one of the best teams in the KingCo League last Thursday against Issaquah. The boys’ team scored a disappointing 35 points to Issaquah’s 105, and the girls’ team fared two points better, bringing in 37 points for Cedarcrest to Issaquah’s 104 points.

Despite the disparity, several individuals turned in impressive times and distances. Distance runner James Conrick raced past 18 others in the mile to a 4-minute, 35-second first-place finish. He also took first place in the two-mile with a time of 9:57.

Cole Birk threw the shot put 38 feet, 10 inches and garnered first place. Aaron O’Neal placed first in the javelin, throwing 162 feet, 7 inches. His best toss of the season is 180 feet, 9 inches, thrown at the Woodinville Jamboree. Pole vaulter Logan Kingston soared 10 feet for the win, and Aaron Pedeferri placed second with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches.

Brian Hunter was second in the 100-meter race with a time of 11.5 seconds, and Matt Warner took fifth place with a time of 12.1 seconds. Chris Lee garnered third place in the 800-meter race, finishing in 2:13. Cory Sly placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.4 seconds, and Warrick Holfield placed third by crossing the line at 49.1 seconds.

The girls’ competition had five first-place winners, four second-place finishers and three third-place finishes. Erin Kendig won the 400-meter race in 1:01.5 minutes. Anjuli Brady won the triple jump with a jump of 29 feet, 5 3/4 inches. Lindsay Peterson won the discus, throwing 94 feet, 7 inches. Teammate Sara Sage was third in the discus with a throw of 88 feet, 7 inches.

Kelly Ramirez won both the mile and two-mile races with times of 5:37 and 12:15, respectively. Ramirez gained a lead early on in the mile and ran the last two laps practically by herself, as nobody else was able to stay with her. Jamie Brooks ran the 100-meter race in 13.4 seconds and placed second, less than a second behind winner Rita Brown of Issaquah, who ran the race in 13.1 seconds. Abby Kwiat placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.1 seconds. Her time was less than a second slower than first-place winner Caitlin Mahoney of Issaquah, who finished the race in 16.2 seconds. Kwiat also placed second in the triple jump with an effort of 28 feet.

Katie Maurer was second in the pole vault with a jump of 7 feet, 6 inches. Candice Shepard took third in the high jump with a jump of 4 feet, 6 inches, only 6 inches off Issaquah Marci Allen’s first-place jump of 5 feet. Kendig placed third in the 200-meter race, running it in 27.9 seconds. The winner was Sarah Burdick of Issaquah, who ran the race in 27.4 seconds.

Other notable performances included Yingxuan Law’s 800-meter time of 2:45, and her fifth-place finish in the mile in a time of 6:02. The 4×100-meter relay consisting of Kwiat, Morgan Jackson, Brady and Jamie Brooks, finished in 54.9 seconds, only three seconds slower than the first-place Issaquah team, who ran it in 51.8 seconds.

Cedarcrest competes at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Pasco Invitational in Pasco Memorial Stadium. The team’s next local meet is at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Mercer Island High School against Mount Si and Mercer Island.