Track and Field teams from across the state travelled to Mt. Tahoma High School to compete in the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on May 23-25. Of the hundreds of teams to compete, four local schools sent athletes including Arlington, Marysville-Pilchuck, Marysville Getchell and Lakewood.
The Eagles were able to score points in both the boys and girls 3A competition. Arlington’s boys scored 4.5 points to place 33rd out of 44 scoring schools and their girls placed 13th out of 46 schools with 20 points.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s boys and girls teams both scored as they placed 31st with five points and 46th place with one point, respectively.
Marysville Getchell sent two boys and a handful of girls to compete at State but were unable to get on the podium. Without placing in the top eight in any event, the Chargers finished the weekend not scoring any points.
The Cougars did not send any girls from their team to the State Meet but had an impressive day from their boys team. Lakewood’s boys finished in 14th place out of 47 scoring teams by putting up 15 total points.
“We’re bringing back a lot of youth and our freshman class is really solid. The goal is for them to draw on the experience and share it with others on the team. We really have a bright future over the next few years and hopefully we can make a run at a trophy there a State,” said Arlington Head Coach Judd Hunter.
Arlington’s boys were led by first-year track athlete senior Josh Gutierrez and sophomore Jaden Roskelley. Gutierrez placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 43’ 5.5” and also finished 11th in the long jump, 21’ 1”. Roskelley scored the most points for the boys as he finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 6’ 2”.
The Eagles’ girls were led by their throwers Julia Parra and Jersey Heiss. Parra, junior, finished top-3 in both of her events as she placed second in the shot put, 42’ 8.25”, and third in the discus with a distance of 131’ 8”. Heiss, sophomore, also had a top-3 finish as she earned third-place in the javelin with 127’.
“You never know what’s going to happen and a trip to State isn’t always guaranteed. It’s never easy to get to this level, but they know that they just have to put in the hard work and hope for the best,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Mike Cull.
The Tomahawks had three athletes finish in the top 10 of their events including Jeffery Richner, Cade Tucker and Summer Sanden. Richner, senior, made it into the finals of the 800-meter and placed seventh with a time of 1:55.93. Tucker, senior, threw for 50’ 5.5” in the shot put and finished in sixth place. Sanden, junior, was the only girl to get on the podium for Marysville-Pilchuck as she placed eighth in the long jump, 16’ 10.25”.
“Now that this season is over, we always make sure to tell our kids a few reminders as they head into the offseason. One thing we try to tell them is that they have to have a big Winter. You can’t use the track season to get back into shape, you have to come in with a solid base in order to be successful,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kim Edens.
Marysville Getchell had one athlete finish in the top 10 as their senior sprinter Kiarra Green took ninth place in the 200-meter with a time of 26.48 seconds. The Chargers' top finisher for their boys was senior Jesse Donk as he placed 12th in the javelin, 144’ 9”.
Lakewood had a lot of impressive performances from Michai Harris, Alex Jensen, Keegan Bach and their 4 x 100-meter relay team. Harris, senior, finished third in the 100-meter with a time of 11.2 seconds, seventh place in the 200-meter with 23.21 seconds and also competed on the third-place 4 x 100-meter relay team. The relay team of Harris, Spencer Fleming, Jordan Gonzalez and Kaelin Nelson finished in 43.31 seconds. Jensen, junior, barely missed finals as he placed ninth in the 800-meter with a time of 1:59.34. Bach, sophomore, made it onto the podium as he finished in eighth place with a distance of 49’ 1” in the shot put.
If you want to see the full results of the State Track Meet you can find them at http://wiaa.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=1854.