It’s the second straight title for Issaquah; the third in four years for Federal Way
TACOMA – The Issaquah girls won their second straight 4A title while the Federal Way boys won their third in four years at Saturday’s windy and chilly state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School.
Issaquah sophomore Sami Corman won the 800-meter race (two days after finishing second in the 1,600) and junior Nikki Stephens placed second in both the 400 and the 100 hurdles while running legs on two winning relay teams (4 x 200 and 4 x 400).
“It was a good state meet for her,” said second-year co-head coach Tracy Silva said of Stephens. “This was a huge team effort, though. We’re lucky to have great depth.”
Issaquah finished with 71 points, followed by Tahoma of Maple Valley (64), Curtis of University Place (41), Central Valley of Spokane (40) and Union of Camas (36).
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“We’re cohesive, and willing to work,” Stephens said when asked to explain Issaquah’s success. “On top of that, we have a lot of pure talent, and we’re willing to out there and get after it.”
Corman, who finished second in the 800 last year, had to battle a blustery south headwind as she battled to cross the finish line in 2 minutes 14.67 seconds.
“I couldn’t hear other runners behind me because of the wind,” she said. “It was really tough, like swimming upstream.”
Federal Way topped the boys 4A field with 65 points, followed by Inglemoor of Kenmore (45), Union (39), South Kitsap (35) and Tahoma and Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma tied for fifth with 29.
Federal Way senior Mason Sallee won first-place medals in the long jump (23 feet, 8¾ inches, a personal record) and triple jump and led off the second-place 4 x 100 relay team.
“Not a bad day at all,” Sallee said. “My goal was to PR in long jump and I did it on my last jump. It felt really good to do that.”
Federal Way coach Chris Williams cited many senior contributors to the win: Alex Taylor (second in the 100 in 11.46, won by Union’s Jilven Refil in 11.38), Jason Palmer (fifth in the 200 and 400), Marcus Tate (fourth in triple jump) and D’Jimon Jones (second in high jump).
“Our kids have worked really hard since they were freshmen,” Williams said. “We also have a lot of teachers on our staff. We had 11 volunteer to coach the track team, and they have helped our athletes become better athletes, better students and better people, and that has helped us a lot. It’s a village. ”
• Taylor Roe, a Lake Stevens freshman, won the 3,200 after winning the 1,600 on Thursday. Her dad, Lawrence (T.T.) Roe, was a state champion when he ran for Mountlake Terrace.
• Inglemoor senior Michael Rhoads, heading to Air Force, chased down two runners in the final leg of the 4 x 400 relay to claim the win.
• Parris Watson, a senior from Decatur, finally won a first-place medal in the girls discus after finishing third the past two years and sixth as a freshman.
• Kentridge senior Tanner Conner won the 300 hurdles (37.44) despite a stiff wind.
• Skyline senior Brandi Hughes won the girls 300 hurdles.