Tahoma High School’s Olivia Ribera has committed to run track and field at the University of Washington.
Ribera holds Tahoma’s school records in the 100 (11.96) and the 200 (24.62).
“I went on my visit in January and I really loved it,” Ribera said. “I knew that they were probably on the top of my list. It’s a great opportunity — so great. I can’t believe that I’m going to be able to compete at that level.”
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She combined with sisters Tierra, Alisha and Aliya Wilson to run the third-fastest 4x100 relay in state history last year at 47.13 seconds at the Pasco Invitational. They went on to win the state title at Mount Tahoma in 47.20 seconds.
Ribera said she’s hoping that she can help notch Tahoma on top of the relay state record book.
“That’s one of our top goals right now,” Ribera said. “To hopefully break the record. But if not, it’s been an amazing run.”
Ribera as a junior last season finished fifth in the 100 at the 4A state championships, fifth in the 200, and helped win state titles in the 4x100 and 4x200.
She said she had been considering offers from Idaho, Seattle Pacific and Cal State Fullerton. But running in college — and the Olympics — has been a dream of hers since she began running competitvely in the sixth grade, she said.
“I just want to thank the coaches for pushing me to do better and getting me to where I am today,” Ribera said.
Fresh off the Conquerors’ third state basketball championship, a pair of Kentwood boys basketball players verbally committed this weekend.
Guard Rayvaughn Bolton, a TNT second-team All-Area selection and three-year starter at guard, committed to Eastern Arizona College and 6-foot-5 forward Beau Roggenbach committed to Corban University, an NAIA school in Salem, Oregon.
Bolton was averaging 15.3 points, 4 assists and 3.5 rebounds entering the 4A state tournament and set the school records for career and single-game assists.
Roggenbach was a first-team all-state tournament selection, averaging 12.5 points, 6.3 rebounds in the four Tacoma Dome games.
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