Sore Swillie of Lakes forced to withdraw

Staff writerMay 25, 2014 

The final day of bidistrict track and field at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner was supposed to be a coming-out party of sorts for Lakes High School’s Isaac Swillie.

As one of the state’s fastest Class 3A 100-meter sprinters, Swillie was supposed to place in both the 100 and 200, and lead the Lancers to a top-three team finish at state next week.

But as the Class 3A/2A West Central/Southwest bidistrict championships closed Saturday, Lakes’ chances diminished as a right hamstring injury eliminated Swillie from competition.

“I qualified in all my events on Thursday, and then all I had left was the 100,” Swillie said. “About 50 meters in, I felt a tightness in my leg, and I knew something happened.”

Seeing Swillie at less than 100 percent disappointed many, including his competition. Lincoln’s Rayshaun Miller looked forward to racing the junior all season.

“I really wanted to face him here at his best,” Miller said. “I feel for the kid, I do. … I hurt my hamstring like that twice, and I tore it. … He’ll be back here next year.”

Miller (10.86 seconds) won the 100 ahead of Columbia Rivers’ Marcus Gaylor (10.87). Swillie finished eighth. He did not place in the 200.

The Lincoln boys took first place with a team score of 107, while Lakes had to settle for third (73).

Winning came as a shock for 2A Steilacoom’s Amanda Jaynes after her first-place finish in the 400.

On the final few steps of the race, Jaynes decided to go for it and lunged forward to edge Foster’s Shakila Omar by a fraction of a second.

“I can’t believe I won that. … I’m so surprised as I thought she had me the whole way,” Jaynes said. “I saw her in the corner of my eye, so I thought ‘Why not go for it?’”

Jaynes finished in 59.14 seconds, while Omar finished at 59.19.

Jaynes’ long day ended as the senior Sentinel qualified for four events at state, including the 400, both hurdles events (100, 300) and as a part of Steilacoom’s 4x200 relay team.

The Steilacoom girls finished third (65) behind North Kitsap (90) and Sumner (83).

Lincoln’s Ahmaad Rorie took the 3A boys triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, 51/2 inches.

“(At state), I want to go for the state record,” he said. “I know I can get it.”

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