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Teams compete at WESCO North Championships


Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck's Olivia Lee, right, hands off to Lily Shields, left, during the 4x200-meter relay at Arlington High School on May 9.

The Arlington track and field team hosted the WESCO North League Championships. The meet consisted of seven teams including the Arlington Eagles, Stanwood Spartans, Oak Harbor Wildcats, Snohomish Panthers, Everett Seagulls, Marysville Getchell Chargers and the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks on May 9 and 11.

The Eagles dominated the meet as they earned first-place finishes for both their boys and girls teams. The Arlington boys scored 199 points while the girls scored 168.5.

The Chargers earned sixth-place finishes for both teams as their boys scored 33 and their girls scored 68.

The Tomahawk boys earned a seventh-place finish, 28 points, while their girls came in fifth place with a score of 79.5.

"There are two major focuses when you head into the District Championship. The first thing is putting athletes in their best position to get to State and the other one is to win the District. At this point, we just want to make sure that we are preparing our kids in the best way possible," said Arlington Head Coach Judd Hunter.

For the Eagles' boys team senior Campbell Hudson stood out as one of the top performers on the track. He earned first-place finishes in both of the hurdle events as he ran the 110-meter hurdles in 14.95 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 40.25 seconds. Hudson was also part of the third-place 4x400-meter relay team that ran a 3:35.33.

The Eagles' girls team was led by a strong performance from junior Kelsey Mutton on the track and sophomore Julia Parra in the field events. Mutton earned first-place finishes in the 400-meter, 1:00.61, 4x200-meter relay, 1:45.87, and the 4x400-meter relay, 4:12.19. She also placed third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:26.36. Parra finished first in the shotput, 40' 8.5", and discus, 120' 00". She also finished sixth in the javelin with a distance of 100' 08".

"We saw kids put in some incredible effort and put together personal records which was great. After this meet, practices change and we are able to dial in on specific things that we can work on in order to get some of them to State," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kim Edens.

The Getchell boys were led by a dominant performance from senior Gregory Panther. He finished second in the 1,600-meter with a time of 4:32.46. Panther also had fourth-place finishes in the 800-meter, 2:00.61, and the 4x400-meter relay, 3:37.07.

Sophomore Sophie Alt was the leader for the girls' side of the Marysville Getchell team. She finished second in both the long jump, with a distance of 16' 2.25", and the 4x200-meter relay, 1:49.32. Alt also earned a third-place medal in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.18 seconds.

"Some of the things I was most excited about were seeing the kids stay through the whole meet, cheer on their teammates and singing the fight song on the field. What happens on the track is important, but the memories and relationships they build are what I always remember," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Michael Cull.

Andrew Hines

Marysville Getchell's Kiarra Green comes around the corner for the final leg of the 4x200-meter relay at Arlington High School on May 9.

The Tomahawks had a few boys finish in the middle of the pack on the track, but their leaders came in their junior throwers Cade Tucker and Jeffrey Roullier. Tucker finished in fourth place in the shotput with a distance of 46' 7.25". Roullier was able to pull out two top-10 finishes as he finished third in the discus, 137' 6", and eighth in the shotput, 41' 7.75".

The Marysville-Pilchuck girls team was sparked by the incredible outing by junior sprinter Trina Davis. On her own, she was able to earn two first-place finishes in the 100-meter, 12.54, and the 200-meter, 25.97. Davis was also part of the first-place 4x100-meter relay team that finished with a time of 51.38 seconds.

If you want to support all of the local athletes, they will be competing in the 3A/4A District Meet at Shoreline Stadium on May 16 and 18, at 3 p.m.


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