Kamiakin junior Ellie Heiden became the first sprinter since 2006 to sweep the 100, 200 and 400 in a big-school meet.
TACOMA — Winning state track titles in her usual four events every spring just wasn’t enough for Kamiakin junior Ellie Heiden. This year, she needed a bigger challenge.
So, instead of running on two relays plus the 200 and 400 meters this spring, Heiden added a third individual event.
Saturday at the Class 3A track and field state championships, she won the girls 100, becoming the first athlete of either gender since 2006 to sweep all three sprints at a big-school state meet.
She has only run the 100 seriously since mid-April. Heiden won in in 12.18 seconds.
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She also took the 400 in 54.15 to erase the longest-standing 3A girls meet record. Gig Harbor’s Erica Harris had held the mark of 54.39 since 1980.
Heiden wasn’t pushed in the 200, either, winning easily in 24.6.
“It’s like I have a big target on my back,” Heiden said. “Everyone is going for me. I have to make the target too fast for everyone else.”
Heiden’s 30 individual points, plus the 10 relay points she helped the Braves score, catapulted Kamiakin to a repeat team title with a record 118.5 points. Runner-up Holy Names scored 80.
Her four wins gave Heiden 10 career titles. With her senior year to go, Heiden could catch Blaine’s Cherish Morrison for the all-time state record of 14 (including relays).
The last to sweep three sprints was Attrail Snipes of Rainier Beach on the boys side in 2006. Heiden is the first girl above Class 1A to accomplish the feat since Heather Hetzer of Kamiak in 2001, and the first 3A girl to do it since Lindsey Smith of Holy Names in 1998.
In the boys meet, Bellevue won both the 400 and 1,600 relays, Budda Baker captured the 100 (10.77) and Myles Jack added a second-place finish in the 200 and a third in the 400 as the Wolverines also repeated. They outscored second-place North Central of Spokane, 65-45.
Holy Names senior Cecilia Jackson successfully defended her 300 hurdles title in a personal-record 42.89.
Jackson and junior teammate Olivia Vincent did their best to keep the Cougars close. Vincent finished second in the 300 hurdles, and they ran on the winning 400 relay (47.82).
“I was so nervous,” Jackson said of the 300 hurdles. “I didn’t have the top (prelim) time. That made me more determined to go and defend my title.”
• Glacier Peak senior Amy-Eloise Neale won her seventh title overall, repeating as girls 800 champion in a 3A-record 2:08.61. That time briefly tied the overall state-meet record before Alexa Efraimson of Camas broke it in the 4A meet.
• Bellingham’s girls 400 relay wasn’t challenged as it lowered its 2A meet record from 48.33 to 48.12.
• Sehome’s Conner Johnsen lowered the 2A boys meet record in the 3,200 to 8:59.76. Sehome swept the 2A boys and girls team titles.
• University of Washington recruit Gina Flint of Squalicum set a 2A girls meet record in the discus (161-11).