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Tomahawks excited to compete in track and field

 

Andrew Hines

Raequan Battle flies down the runway as he participates in long jump practice at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on March 3.

Track and Field is starting up and the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks are excited to compete again after a 1-7 season last year.

Tomahawks' Head Coach, Mike Cull, has been coaching track and field for the last 26 seasons and for the first time will have his wife and daughter accompany him on his staff. With a tight-knit staff and commitment to the program this is gearing up to be a special season for Marysville-Pilchuck.

"Every year I tell the kids that I still get the butterflies just like they do because of the excitement. I just love track and I want them to love it too. I hope throughout the season they can just catch my passion and create a passion of their own," said Coach Cull.

The girls team is a little smaller than expected this season, but there are a few standout athletes looking to make a jump from last year. Trina Davis and Catrina Wright dominated last season and will lead the girls team going forward.

Davis exploded in her freshman year. She set a school record and went to the state meet in the 100 meter, with a time of 12.38 seconds. Trina finished 16th in state and should maintain her dominance for the next three years.

Wright will stand out in the field events, as she went to the 3A Wesco North Finals in both the long jump and triple jump last season. She set personal records of 16' 0.5" in the long jump, 9th in Wesco, and 34' 2.75" in the triple jump, 6th in Wesco.

Keshawn King will be leading the boys team as he made huge strides last year in the short sprints. He set personal records in the 100 meter, 11.47 seconds, and the 200 meter, 23.22 seconds. King finished 6th at the 3A North Wesco Finals in both events and will be attempting to move on to state this year.

"All of it is a challenge. We have a lot of holes to fill because there are so many events. We want to fill as many varsity spots as we can. The way that our league works right now, we have five spots for each event so we are trying to find five varsity level athletes for each. That might mean some kids need to step outside of their comfort zone, and we want them to constantly evolve and try new things," said Coach Cull, on building a team.

The Tomahawks' first local meet will be on Saturday, March 18, at the Chuck Randall Relays located at Arlington High School.

 

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