TACOMA — The contrast turned quite stark even before the 200-meter races came up late in the schedule during the final day of the Class 4A/3A/2A state track and field championships on Saturday.
Seattle Prep junior Will Floyd enjoyed his three races, all of which happened on Day 3. Foster senior Lyricc Lopez, not so much.
Floyd won titles each time he stepped on the track.
“Today’s the day,” Floyd said just after he crossed the line with the 100 meters title in 10.52 seconds. “One down, two to go.”
The Panthers junior completed his sweep of the sprint events in style. He won the 400 in 47.13 seconds, then set a new meet record with a 21.01 in the 200, taking down the old mark of 21.24 set by Ellensburg’s Ja’Warren Hooker in 1997.
“A good end to the season,” Floyd said. “I really couldn’t ask for much more.”
Lopez wound up on the wrong end of what might have been the biggest upset of the weekend in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Lopez had dreams of a sub-36 second effort to end his high-school career, a time seemingly in reach with a state record 36.26 already behind him earlier this spring.
There was some competition in Squalicum junior Andre Korbmacher, who already had won the 110 high hurdles Friday. But Korbmacher’s best effort to date, 37.87, was more than a second and half behind Lopez.
Not on Saturday.
The Storm junior stayed right next to Lopez all the way around the track, running a personal best by more than a second, to nip Lopez at the finish line in 36.30 seconds. Lopez ran 36.33. Both times went well under the meet record of 36.77 that Lopez established during the prelims Friday.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Korbmacher said. “Being able to race him, having someone to push me. It was so much fun.”
The race began strangely, with a false start requiring a restart. With the second gun, Lopez rose out of the starting blocks seemingly slowly but quickly got up to speed. By the third hurdle, Lopez and Korbmacher were in front of the field.
As they got to the second-to-last hurdle, Lopez edged in front, and at first look at the finish seemed to have leaned ahead.
“I tried to go out and do the stuff I do well,” Korbmacher said. “I stretched it a little bit on some of them, but it worked out.”
Lopez placed third in the Class 2A 100. But with a sore foot suffered this weekend was unable to start in the 200.
Doubling up on hurdles
Korbmacher wasn’t the only one to sweep the hurdles this weekend.
Enumclaw senior Ellie DeGroot took the Class 2A girls 100 hurdles Friday evening in a personal record 15.02 seconds. She came back Saturday morning to run away from the finals field in the 300 low hurdles, winning in 44.69 seconds.
“Kind of what I expected, honestly,” DeGroot said. “I was coming in third, second maybe. So I wanted to get both.”
DeGroot beat runner-up Emma Fisher of Mark Morris by more than two seconds. Fisher finished in 46.85 seconds.
“It’s been like that all season,” DeGroot said. “I’m used to it by now.”
Lake Stevens wins its first title
The Vikings needed a fifth-place finish or better in the boys 4×400 relay to claim its first state team title. As the top seeded Class 4A relay team entering the final boys race of the state meet, the conclusion felt foregone.
Lake Stevens didn’t disappoint as Trayce Hanks erased a small deficit at the final baton exchange and raced home for the win in 3:20.69 to lift the Vikings past Federal Way and win the program’s first state title, 58-51 over the runner-up Eagles.
Eight records simply not enough
Lopez was part of the state meet record parade before Saturday’s events even got underway. The Foster senior already had lowered the Class 2A meet record in the 300 hurdles to 36.77 during his Friday preliminary heat.
That was one of five records that fell on Day 2 of the meets, after three went down on Day 1 Thursday. The Day 2 fireworks began with the first event contested — the 3A girls pole vault.
When Bainbridge’s Ella McRitchie missed her third try at 13 feet, 6 inches, that left just the nation’s top two vaulters — sisters Amanda and Hana Moll — to go after the title and the record of 14-0 set in 2019 by West Seattle’s Chloe Cunliffe. Both cleared 14-0, then Amanda Moll set the meet record at 14-6.
The National Federation record-holder tried to become the first high-school girl to clear 15 feet, which would have broken her own national record of 14-9.25 that she set back in March at a meet in Texas. Her first of three attempts was the closest as Moll cleared the bar.
“I thought I was over,” Moll said. “But I nicked it on the way down. In the back of my head, I think 15 is the bar — always.”
Another pole vault record fell later in the day when Isabella Nilsen from Newport of Bellevue eclipsed her personal record in the pole vault by six inches, going 13-1.5 to win the Class 4A state title and set a meet record, beating the 13-0 set in 2019 by former Knight Ashleigh Helms.
Korbmacher, despite a pouring rain and fairly strong headwind, set a 2A meet record of 13.83 seconds to win the 110 meters high hurdles over friend, club teammate and Sehome rival Carter Birade. Both had run meet-record times during their Thursday prelims, with Korbmacher breaking his own new 14.02 seconds again on Friday.
That had beaten the old meet record of 14.07, set in 2013 by White River’s Devin Liebel.
And University of Washington track and field commit Dash Sirmon ended his high-school career with a Class 3A javelin record 216 feet, 3 inches for Walla Walla, beating the previous mark of 211-0 set by Bellevue’s Robert Hintz in 2009.
“I’ve been working this week at staying back, really hitting the block and it worked out,” the future Husky thrower said. “I was battling a little bit of a headwind, but so was everyone. It felt really good.”
The other record to fall on Thursday came in the 2A boys 1,600 meters, where Cooper Quigley from Selah ran 4:08.89. That eclipsed the previous meet record of 4:10.79 set by Marcus Dickson of White River in 2012.