TACOMA – The Bellevue boys and Kamiakin girls dominated the 3A state track meet for a third consecutive year, each winning a third consecutive team title on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High.
Bellevue rode victories by Budda Baker in the 100 and 200 meters and repeat victories in the 400 and 1,600 relays to a 73-59 win over runner-up Nathan Hale.
Kamiakin’s girls broke the points-total record they set a year ago of 118.5 with a 123-102 victory over runner-up Holy Names, the last school to three-peat in girls track (1998-2000).
In 2A, Olympic won its first-ever boys title, 52-44 over East Valley (Spokane). Sehome was the girls 2A champ, 70.5-62 over second-place Tumwater.
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Nathan Hale, which crashed the Wolverines’ party a week ago by winning the Sea-King District title, couldn’t repeat the feat at Star Track XXXII this week.
While Kamiakin succeeded in winning the title again, Braves senior Ellie Heiden’s run for history went by the wayside in the day’s first event – the 800 relay.
The Braves came into state as the three-time defending state champions in the event. But when Mount Spokane passed the baton to anchor Ashlee Pedersen, it was the Wildcats out in front.
Heiden, anchoring as always for Kamiakin, found herself boxed in behind three runners and trailing Pedersen by 30 meters with 100 to go. To find room, Heiden was forced to take a small side step.
Then she quickly started to close the gap. At the finish, both runners leaned virtually simultaneously. But it was Pedersen who got there first in 1 minute 42.25 seconds. Heiden crossed in 1:42.28.
Heiden, who had won the 800 relay along with the 100, 200 and 400-meters a year ago, then finished third in the 100 behind winner Ngoza Musa from Holy Names. She later became a three-time champion in the 200 (24.66) and 400 (54.93).
“I could take this morning and just be upset,” said Heiden, who finished with 12 titles and 16 overall state medals. “But I’m not going to do that. I am completely happy with how it ended up.”
• Ephrata’s Jonathan Green was the only 100 winner to break a meet record, clocking 10.61 seconds to lower the previous mark of 10.67.
• Lake Washington’s Katia Matora added the 2A 800 title to her 1,600 championship from Thursday, in 2:17.00.
• Holy Names freshmen Erin Ripple and Jordan Oakes went 1-2 in the 3A 800. Ripple’s winning time was 2:10.27.
• Marysville-Pilchuck junior Austin Joyner, who strained his hamstring in a 200 heat on Friday night, limped through the final in the 100 – where he had the fastest qualifying time. “I got myself to this position, with a chance to get on the podium,” Joyner said. “I earned the chance.”
• Seattle Prep’s Joe Hardy broke his own record in the 3A 3,200, going 8:55.11. He went 8:55.22 as a sophomore.
• Mountlake Terrace sophomore Chinne Okoronkwo repeated as triple-jump champion with a state 3A meet-record leap of 40-11¼. Cleveland’s Olivia Ward set the previous mark of 40-8½ in 2009.