For years, Lakes High School has been giving opponents the double whammy — run by you with football pads on in the fall, and run by you in a track singlet in the spring.
But even by the Lancers’ own super-fast standards, they had hit a lull in recent years. They were still quick, but not nearly as unbeatable.
Enter Isaac Swillie, a transfer from Bellarmine Prep whose father, Charles, was a Lakes High graduate. Not only is his 100-meter dash time of 10.81 seconds one of the best marks in a very fast Class 3A, but it also has helped restore the Lancers’ reputation as track burners.
Lakes put that burst on display with stunning results as the South Puget Sound League/Seamount 3A and 2A subdistrict track and field championships closed Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Swillie won the 100, 200 and long jump. In fact, the Lancers swept the 100 with Swillie (10.84), Emmanuel Wells (10.97) and Xzavier Weston (11.04) on Thursday, and took first in the 200 with Swillie (22.26) and third with Weston (23.01) on Saturday.
The interesting part of Swillie’s presence is that now the state has a rival to defending state champion Bellevue in the 4x100 relay. The Wolverines still have the state’s top mark (42.14), but the Lancers are not far behind at 42.49, which was set in the subdistrict preliminaries.
“(Swillie) is the one that solidifies us altogether,” Lakes boys coach Willis Freeman said. “If you need the speed in the end to catch somebody, he is there. If he is out front, nobody catches him.”
Swillie spent the past two seasons at Bellarmine Prep. But since he transferred to the school “five minutes” from his house, he has had a breakout season.
“3A is really stacked. When we were growing up, I have always run against guys like Budda (Baker) from Bellevue,” Swillie said. “They were always faster than me, but I feel like I am catching up.”
• It is too bad the Enumclaw girls are having one of their best runs in school history at a time when two-time defending 3A champion Kamiakin is finishing up its historic run in track and field.
In a normal season, behind the likes of sprinter Aleea Gwerder, hurdler Maria Blad and thrower KC Moulden, the Hornets would be mentioned as state championship co-favorites. But they will have to settle for trying to get in the top three.
“It is not hard on us or frustrating at all,” Blad said. “It is good to have the competition because it makes you better. You do as well as you can.”
Blad won the 100 hurdles (15.07) and 300 hurdles (47.42), and Moulden set a season-best in the shotput (44 feet, 61/4 inches) in capturing that event.
• Then comes one of the area’s mystery storylines — who exactly is Jonah Mathews?
He is a Fife High School junior. He likes to wear flannel pajama pants onto the infield before his sprint races, And he is rarely disturbed because he is always listening to music on his headphones.
But, boy, he is fast — one of the fastest 2A sprinters in the state. He won the 100 in 10.86 (third in 2A) and 200 in 21.91 (second in 2A).
“I do surprise people,” Mathews said. “Guys will ask teammates, ‘Who is Jonah?’ And I am the ... kid in the pajamas. And they think the guy in the pajamas can’t be too serious.”
• Last season, Daniel Zmuda left a hurdling legacy at Steilacoom High School. Zmuda set the state’s all-time record in the 110 hurdles at 13.84, and is now at Washington State University.
Now it is up to Amanda Jaynes to carry on the Sentinels’ tradition. And she is doing a pretty good job. She set a personal-best in the 300 hurdles Saturday, going 43.96 to win the event.
She is not only the 2A leader, she is No. 2 in the state behind Emerald Ridge’s ShaRaya Quinn (42.99), whom she beat head-to-head at the Tacoma Invitational earlier this season.
“Personally I looked up to (Zmuda) because I knew I could as well as he did — and succeed like he did,” Jaynes said. “It was nice to know he was always there when I needed him.”