Knights sprint to 2nd at Wesco 4A meet | Girls track and field

By David Pan | May 19, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Tracey Hatch, Kailin Wiley and Caroline Ferguson run in the 400-meter finals Friday, May 12, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. Hatch took first place, Wiley placed second and Ferguson was fifth.

The Kamiak sprint crew’s strong performance helped the Knights to a second place finish at the Wesco 4A girls track and field championships.

The 400-meter relay team of Emma Harrison, Noelle Young, Sarah Nehring and Kailin Wiley easily finished first in the finals with a time of 49.97 seconds Friday, May 12, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

Glacier Peak took second and was more than a second behind the Knights.

The same 400 relay team advanced to the state meet last year.

Lake Stevens won the team title, scoring 417 points, ahead of Kamiak, which finished with 375. Glacier Peak was third with 251 and Jackson took fourth with 139. Mariner was fifth with 127.

“We were pretty happy with it,” Kamiak coach Charley LeWarne said of second place. “We were a small team. … Our sprinters were especially impressive.”

Kamiak sophomore Tracey Hatch won the 400 in 1:00.05 and took second in the 200. She also was seventh in the 100.

“She’s certainly one of the most improved kids,” LeWarne said of Hatch, who also runs cross country in the fall. “She races really well.”

Wiley placed second in the 100 and 400. Kamiak advanced three other runners to the 100 finals. Nehring and Young placed fourth and fifth, respectively. In the 200, Caroline Ferguson finished fifth and Young was sixth. Ferguson was fifth and Savannah Congdon took seventh in the 400.

Kamiak’s Naomi Bingham won the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet, 10 inches.

“She’s really had a great season, especially the second half,” LeWarne said. “She’s rock solid.”

Sophomore Alicia Anderson finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200 behind defending state 1,600 and 3,200 champion Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens. Anderson also was third in the 800, which was won by Roe.

“She’s become very dedicated with a lot of miles in the summer and a lot of miles in the offseason,” LeWarne said of Anderson.

Mariner’s Suzy Pace won a pair of events – the 300 hurdles (46.43) and the high jump (5-2). The junior standout also placed second in the 100 hurdles and third in the long jump.

Kamiak’s 800 relay team of Young, Congdon, Megan Grose and Wiley took second place, as did the 1,600 relay squad of Anderson, Ferguson, Hatch and Slack.

Kamiak’s Harrison took third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles and Tara Koonce finished second in the shot put. Teammate Elizabeth Thayer placed third in the high jump and fourth in the long jump.

Kamiak’s Slack finished fourth in the triple jump, placed fifth in the 800 and was seventh in the 1,600.

Mariner’s Abby Steinhauer finished third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200. Corzette Dampac took third in the pole vault and Jennifer Caywood was fourth in the discus.

The 4A District meet is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 and Friday, May 19 at Everett Memorial Stadium.

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