Knight girls take first place at Birger Solberg Invitational | Track and fieldAnderson captures 1,600, steeplechase
Sophomore Alicia Anderson won two events to help lead the Kamiak girls track and field team to a first-place finish at the Birger Solberg Invitational Saturday, April 8, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
Anderson won the 1,600-meter race in 5:09.61, edging Sehome’s Abby Johnson, who clocked in at 5:10.21. The Kamiak standout also finished first in the 2k steepchase in 7:22.94, well ahead of Shorewood’s Rachel Hansen, who was second in 8:16.05.
Kamiak sophomore Tracey Hatch captured the 400 in 1:00.47 and sophomore Tara Koonce won the shot put with a throw of 39-02.50 and was second in the discus with a throw of 113-04. Hatch also finished fifth in the 200 in 27.47.
Kamiak’s junior Naomi Bingham was third in the pole vault and junior Emma Harrison placed seventh in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the 300 hurdles.
The Knights’ 400 relay team of Harrison, Savannah Congdon, Kristine Tandoc and Noelle Young took third and the 1,600 relay squad of Hatch, Congdon, Grace Forster and Anderson was fourth.
Mariner junior Suzy Pace captured the 300 hurdles in 47.67 and the high jump with a mark of 5-03. Senior Abbie Steinhauer took third in the 3,200 and Honglam Van was sixth in the 2k steeplechase.
The Marauders’ 3,200 relay team of Steinhauer, Kara Sevigny, Kyla Ojalehto and Tiana Nguyen took second.
In the boys meet, Kamiak’s Taylor Barnes won the 400 in 51.05 and helped the 800 relay team of Binda, Patrick Olson and Adam Alayli to a first place finish in 1:33.46.
Kamiak’s Steve Bucy won the javelin with a throw of 165-03. Alayli finished fourth in the long jump and Corbin Wheeler placed sixth in the 300 hurdles. Olson also was sixth in the 200.
The 1,600 relay squad of Olson, Alayli, Wheeler and Barnes took second and the 400 relay team of Binda, Olson Barnes and Alayli was third.
Mariner’s Jammie Phea placed fourth in the high jump and Fernando Castaneda-Flores finished seventh in the 800. Romelo Mangum took eighth in the 100 and JJ Walker also was eighth in the 110 high hurdles.
Mariner’s 3,200 relay team of Alvin Nguyen, Sam Hernandez III, Castaneda-Flores and Brandon Lopez finished second and the 1,600 relay squad of Walker, Castaneda-Flores, Lopez and Phea took fourth. The 400 relay squad of Marangelo Mangino, Tyrone Jones, Robel Anshebo and Mangum was fifth.
The Kamiak girls won with 72.5 points to edge Sehome, which had 66. Mariner was fifth with 45 points.
Bothell captured the boys team title with 108 points and Kamiak tied for third with 60 points. Mariner was tied for ninth with 27.
Many of the same Knights posted victories in a Wesco meet with Monroe and Shorewood Thursday, April 6, at Goddard Stadium.
Anderson won the 800 (2:22.26) and 1,600 (5:07.12) and Koonce took the shot put (39-04) and the discus (99-08). Sarah Nehring captured the long jump (16-06.00) and the triple jump (33-04.00).
Other Kamiak winners included Kailin Wiley (100, 12.90), Katherine Slack (400, 1:01.50), Leah Clark (3,200, 12:12.00), Harrison (300 hurdles, 50.60), Ava Manning (high jump, 4-08) and Bingham (pole vault, 10-00).
The Knights’ 400 relay team of Noelle Young, Ferguson, Congdon and Hatch and the 800 relay team of Harrison, Elizabeth Thayer, Young and Slack won their races in 53.00 and 1:52.00, respectively
Kamiak’s Alayli finished first in the 200 (22.80) and the long jump (20-11.75) in the boys meet. Other winners included Andrew Askew (400, 55.00), Cullen McEachern (1,600, 4:34.26), Poun Phongprasansak (shot put, 47-03.50) and Matthew Stark (discus, 138-05).
Kamiak’s 400 relay squad of Braden Leary, Olson, Barnes and Alayli finished first in 44.00.
The boys prevailed 108-37 over Monroe and 119-30 over Shorewood. The girls defeated the Bearcats 93.5-51.5 and beat the Thunderbirds 85-60.