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Tomahawks host All-City track meet


Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck's Lauren Staback clears the bar in the high jump at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on May 5.

The Marysville-Pilchuck track and field team welcomed the Marysville Getchell Chargers and the Grace Academy Eagles for the Marysville City Champs meet on May 5.

Each team came out with energy as the athletes competed for bragging rights in their hometown. The Chargers and Tomahawks got out to early leads and bounced back and forth for first place. In the end, Marysville Getchell came out on top with an overall score of 165.5, 66.5 for the boys and 99 for the girls.

Marysville-Pilchuck won on the boys side as they put up 77.5 points but couldn't close the gap on the girls side where they scored 73. Overall, the Tomahawks fell just short of the Chargers with a total of 150.5 points.

Grace Academy came in third for both the boys and girls, scoring 34 points for the boys and only 2 points for the girls.

"The whole point for this meet today is to give everyone a chance to better their mark because we have league seeding on Monday. Overall, from my group and some of the throwers, we did, we set personal records and kids are going to move up that list to give them a better chance in league. I'm glad we did it and it was a lot of fun," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kim Edens.

Freshman standout, Madeline Grandbois had a special day for the Chargers as she broke the school record in the shot put, throwing for 35' 2". She also competed in the 4x200 meter relay with Kiarra Green, Chloe Bishop and Sabrina Farrell, where they ran a time of 1:48.85 and claimed first place.

Andrew Hines

Grace Academy's Gerrit VanBeek comes out strong from the blocks and wins the 200 meters at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on May 5.

"We wanted to finish strong and drop times in order to put us in the best situation moving forward into the postseason. The goal right now is to taper them off and have them come into this next part of the season with fresh legs and healthy minds," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Mike Cull.

Josiah Gould came out on a mission as he stayed at the front of the pack throughout the meet. Gould came in first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 45.55 seconds and finished second in the high jump with a height of 5' 4". He also contributed as part of the first place s meter relay team, 3:43.93, that included Devine Darden, Keshawn King and Jacob Carr.

The senior sprinter from Grace Academy, Gerrit VanBeek absolutely dominated his events as he placed first in all three. He ran the 100 meters with a time of 11.47 seconds, the 200 meters in 22.75 seconds and the 400 meters in 52.45 seconds.

You'll be able to watch a lot of these local athletes as they compete in the 3A North Divisional Meet at Oak Harbor High School, on May 12, at 5:30 p.m.


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