Cecelia Jackson, Olivia Vincent and Imani Apostol powered the Cougars to the Sea-King 3A girls team championship.
With fewer than 10 athletes on hand at the Sea-King 3A District championships, it would be fitting to label the Holy Names girls track and field squad “understaffed.”
But Friday at the Southwest Athletic Complex, three Cougar athletes were on a mission — to prove their team wasn’t short of talent.
Cecelia Jackson, Olivia Vincent and Imani Apostol accomplished that mission by themselves, powering the Cougars to the district team title. Holy Names finished the two-day meet with 123 points and overwhelmed second-place Bishop Blanchet (69).
The onslaught began Wednesday, when Vincent and Jackson went one-two in the high jump. Then it was Jackson’s turn. The senior edged her junior teammate in the 100 hurdles, Jackson’s signature event.
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“When we’re running, we’re basically enemies,” Jackson said of the healthy but fierce rivalry with Vincent. “At the finish line we become friends again.”
Next, the duo teamed up with Apostol and Nia Johnson to squash second-place Franklin in the 400 relay, winning in 48.36 seconds.
Then, for Jackson and Vincent, it was back to the 300 hurdles, where Jackson is the defending state champion. Vincent beat her teammate by six-tenths of a second with a personal-record 44.04.
Meanwhile, Apostol had already begun clean sweep of the sprints. A sophomore who began her track career only last season, she won the 100, 200 and 400, making it four individual victories for her, more than any other 3A athlete Friday.
Next up for Holy Names is next week’s state meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. It is certain to pose a different challenge for the short-handed Cougars.
“Run our little hearts out, that’s about it,” Vincent said of the team’s mindset.
• Bellevue’s boys sprinters made short work of their competition. The 400 relay (Budda Baker, Reuben Mwehla, Myles Jack and Max Richmond) won their second consecutive district title in 43.01. Baker sprinted to victory in the 100 (10.95), Jack won the 400 (49.99) and Bellevue’s Isaiah Gilchrist edged Jack by three-tenths of a second in the 200 (22.39). Baker, Jack, Gilchrist and Graham Wendle also dominated in the 1,600 relay (3:22.11).
• Mercer Island’s Eric Schulz, who holds the top 800 mark in the state, won by .07 of a second, beating Nathan Hale’s Max Leach in 1:58.41.
• Mount Si’s Bradly Stevens was 12 inches off his state-leading javelin mark for all classifications, but still managed to win on Wednesday.
• Jaz Smith from Franklin made it a clean sweep in the boys hurdles, claiming the 110 (15.19) as well as the 300 (41.11).