WIAA STATE BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class 4A, 3A, 2A meet (“Star Track”), Thursday-Saturday, Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma
Class 1A, 2B and 1B meet, Friday-Saturday, Eastern Washington University, Cheney
Schedule: 4A-3A-2A – Session I Thursday is 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Session II Friday is 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Session III Saturday is 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 1A-2B-1B – Session I Friday is 9 a.m-6:45 p.m.; Session II Saturday is 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Defending boys team champions: 4A – Federal Way. 3A – Bellevue. 2A – Sehome. 1A - Hoquiam. 2B – Asotin. 1B – Wellpinit.
Defending girls team champions: 4A – Federal Way. 3A – Kamiakin. 2A – Sehome. 1A – Cedar Park Christian. 2B – Northwest Christian of Lacey. 1B – Mount Vernon Christian.
Returning local individual champions: 4A boys – Keenan Curran, Federal Way, sr. (triple jump); Tyson Penn, Federal Way, so. (high jump); Denham Patricelli, Tahoma, sr. (javelin); Eric Simpson, Rogers, sr. (110 hurdles). 4A girls – Hannah Derby, Bellarmine Prep, sr. (400); ShaRaya Quinn, Emerald Ridge, sr. (300 hurdles); Mariah Vongsaveng, Federal Way, jr. (100 hurdles). 2A girls – Brooke Feldmeier, Tumwater, sr. (200, 400, 100 hurdles). 1A boys – Alexander Moore, Charles Wright Academy, sr. (400), 1A girls – Kendra Sanford, Rochester, jr. (300 hurdles). 2B girls – Karen Bulger, Northwest Christian, sr. (shot put, javelin). 1B girls – Hannah Frost, Mary M. Knight, sr. (discus).
4A-3A-2A skinny: 4A - After sweeping both 4A team titles last season at Star Track, can Federal Way do it again? The Eagles are the clear favorites on both sides, and can join Garfield (1984-85) as the only 4A school in state history whose boys and girls won in back-to-back seasons. … Is the king of boys sprints healthy? Nobody has been faster over the past three season than Wenatchee’s Isiaiah Brandt-Sims, who has been dealing with a stress fracture in his leg much of the spring. He might not be the state leader, but he is tops in 4A in the 100 meters (10.65 seconds) and 200 (21.61). ... There might not be a more exciting athlete in this meet than Federal Way’s Tyson Penn, a sophomore and defending 4A high jump champion. Last week he went 48-81/2 to take over the state’s triple jump leads, and, oh yeah he is near the 7-foot mark in the high jump (state-best 6-11). … This is the last stop for the Nike national championship cross country quartet (Logan Carroll, Wolfgang Beck, Tristan Peloquin, Mahmoud Moussa) from Gig Harbor. Expect fireworks from the Tides in the 4A boys’ 3,200 where they will have to contend with Garfield’s Cameron Stanish (4:10.19). … The meet’s superstar is Camas junior Alexa Efraimson, who broke the all-time girls’ 1,600 mark last week at the district meet. For the season, her marks in the 800 (2:06.03) and 1,600 (4:37.85) are stunning. A professional prospect, could this be the last time we see her at Star Track? … All the waiting for Federal Way sprinter Hannah Cunliffe is over. She is clearly the girls to be in the 4A 100 (11.40) and 200 (24.29). … Just as dominating, Emerald Ridge’s ShaRaya Quinn could sweep the 100 hurdles (14.21) and 300 hurdles (42.99), leading the state in both events.
3A – For their final hurrah, here come the Kamiakin girls. They became the 10th team, boys or girls, to eclipse 100 points (1181/2) at a state meet in 2013 – and first ever in the large-school classifications. Led by 10-time state champion Ellie Heiden in the sprints, the Braves have 19 entries in this state meet. Expect them to win their third consecutive team title. … Also with plenty of speed, Bellevue is the favorite to win its third title in a row on the boys side. But don’t count out emerging Lincoln, the Narrows 3A and West Central District champion. … Mountlake Terrace’s Chinne Okoronkwo, a sophomore, is on the fast track to becoming the best triple jumper in state history. The 3A meet record of Juanita’s Alanna Coker (40-13/4), set in 2012, is well within reach. Okoronkwo has gone 40-11 this season. She also is a contender in the pole vault.
2A – The fastest athlete in the state this season has been Ephrata’s Jonathan Smith, who has signed with Washington State. He has gone 10.63 in the 100 and 21.61 in the 200. But he could get chased down by Olympic’s Zachary Smith (10.67, 21.77) or Fife’s Jonah Mathews (10.86, 21.91). … The Tumwater girls certainly have star power in senior Brooke Feldmeier (defending state champion in the 200, 400, 100 hurdles) and sophomore Peyton Russell (2A leader in long jump, triple jump). Feldmeier, who is headed to Ole Miss, has been hobbled by a hamstring injury. … Expect the defending state champion River Ridge boys 4x100 relay team (42.50) to make a run at Pullman’s state-meet record of 42.20, set in 1999.
1A-2B-1B skinny: Charles Wright Academy’s Alexander Moore will make one more go of it for a sweep in the 1A boys sprints. The Tarriers’ senior won the 400, but second in the 200 and was third in the 100 at last year’s state meet. But he does not come in with the fastest marks in 1A this spring – Freeman’s Max Axtell (10.74 in 100, 50.40 in 400) and Hoquiam’s Devin Kelly (21.99 in 200) do. … Expect a great showdown in the 1A boys’ shot put between the state leaders regardless of classification – Eatonville’s Justin Kaelin (58-41/2) and Chelan’s Jose Padilla (56-3). Kaelin was fourth at the state meet a year ago. … Seattle Christian’s Abi Kim is primed to repeat her state-winning efforts in the 100, 200 and long jump. She is only a sophomore, and leads 1A girls in all three events. … Three members – McKenna Neufeld, Ashley Brooks and Jane Cooksley – return as part of Tacoma Baptist’s state-winning 4x100 girls relay team in 2B. The Crusaders have the top time in 51.20, but Colfax (51.22) is right on their heels. … And the 2B boys hurdles title likely will come down to Tacoma Baptist’s Austin Lutterloh and Lind-Ritzville’s Whitmore. Lutterloh was second in both events last season, and leads 2B in the 300 hurdles (39.20).
Tickets: 4A-3A-2A – Daily passes are $5 for adults, $4 for students/senior citizens (Thursday), and $9/$7 (Friday, Saturday). Tournament passes are $18 for adults, $14 for students/senior citizens. 1A-2B-1B – Daily passes are $9 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens. Tournament passes are $15/$10.