It figures that Isaac Swillie had to go the extra mile to bury his worst Lakes High School track and field memory.
Or in this case, an additional 100 meters.
Last season, Swillie was a Class 3A state contender in both sprint races, but saw his bid derailed by a serious hamstring injury suffered during the boys’ 100-meter finals at the SPSL 3A-2A/Seamount/KingCo sub-district championships at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Swillie returned to that same venue — and home straightaway — on Saturday afternoon for the same sub-district meet.
And when he barreled down the track unchallenged in the 100 finals to easily win, he figured he could move on — literally and mentally.
“It was good,” Swillie said, “to get that over with.”
Turns out, it would not be that easy.
Ten minutes later, meet officials gathered around the finish line for a discussion after it was determined both the timing and video-replay mechanisms malfunctioned.
No official times were recorded. More importantly, meet officials had no idea what the order of finish was. The top seven finishers of the eight-runner championship heat would advance to next week’s West Central District championships.
With no visible proof, meet officials declared a rerun of the 100 finals nearly an hour later.
With coaches up in arms, and his mother visibly irritated, Swillie calmly took to the starting blocks again, and repeated his winning effort in 11.11 seconds, just ahead of Auburn’s Cole Eberly (11.14).
“I just wanted to get through it, and stay healthy,” Swillie said. “I was laying off (not running at full speed) ... but I felt (Eberly) come up, so I went hard again.”
Swillie, soft-spoken by nature, took the controversy all in stride. Some of his fellow racers were a little more miffed by having to run the finals twice.
“I was frustrated, you know,” Eberly said. “I know I didn’t get last (place), and I’ve got the 200 and the 4x100 relay to do. It puts a little more stress on us ... and it is an extra time actually to get injured.
“This is a really hard race. My legs always hurt.”
Eberly’s teammate — Malik Williams — said he finished seventh in the boys 100 finals the first time, and fell to eighth in the restart.
The runner who finished seventh, and will move on to the district meet is Bonney Lake’s Trent Hiner, who had an ice pack on his left quadriceps muscle after the second race.
“It was determined we had to do it again, so I was here to race,” Hiner said. “You do what you do to get things done.”
Well, sort of.
Because 11 athletes advanced in each 2A event, all the running events were two timed heats. Mathews won his heat; Frye was victorious in the second heat, and came out with top time of the day at 21.82, to Mathews’ 22.27.
“Yeah, we are rivals on the track,” Mathews said. “I like the 100 more. His best race is the 400. This (200 finals) is where we clash.”
Next week, the two sprinters should face off in the same championship heat.
“Next week is going to be fun — serious but fun,” Frye said.
But this year, she is performing better in the long jump.
Much of that is because she picked up indoor track for the first time last winter, and put in more time in that event. She won the 3A sub-district title Saturday in 16 feet, 103/4 inches.
“I thought triple jump would still be my best event,” Williams said. “Turns out, the long jump is better.”
“I don’t think I have peaked yet,” Riley said. “But I am getting there. (The high jump mark) was a great boost for me.”