Kamiak sweeps relays at league championships | Boys track and field

Jumpers also have strong performances
By David Pan | May 19, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Taylor Barnes finishes the final leg of the 1,600 relay at the Wesco 4A championships.

Kamiak’s relays were the class of the field at the Wesco 4A boys track and field championships.

The Knights’ 400-meter relay team of Josh Binda, Patrick Olson, Taylor Barnes and Adam Alayli and the 1,600 relay squad of Olson, Andrew Askew, Alayli and Barnes both finished first in the finals Friday, May 12, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

Kamiak won the 400 relay in 43.75 seconds and clocked in at 3:25.40 in the 1,600 relay.

“They were where we hoped to be,” Knights coach Paul Kirkpatrick said. “They perform well when they go against good competition. They were some good teams there on Friday. Time-wise we’re right on track.”

The Knights finished third overall with 239 points, behind Jackson (325) and Lake Stevens (311.5). Glacier Peak (199) took fourth, Monroe was fifth with 123 and Mariner placed sixth with 116.

Kamiak’s Matthew Stark won the discus with a throw of 145 feet and was followed by Glacier Peak’s Elbert Johnson IV (138-07) and Mariner’s Danielo Openiano (126-03). Glacier Peak’s Noah Forman  was fourth with a throw of 126 and Kamiak’s Jaden Stetler was fifth with a 122-5.

Stark broke 140 feet about three weeks ago and Kirkpatrick is hoping that he’ll be in the 150 feet range at this week’s district meet.

“He’s worked hard in the offseason,” Kirkpatrick said.

Alayli finished third in both the 200 and the long jump. Alayi’s jump of 21-8 was a personal record and his time of 22.79 in the prelims was the first time the Kamiak senior has been under 23 seconds.

Barnes took third in the 400. Teammate Cullen McEachern finished second in the 3,200 and took sixth in the 1,600. Poun Phongprasansak placed second in the shot put and Steven Bucy was second in the javelin.

Kamiak’s Braden Leary took fourth in the long jump and Olson finished second in the triple jump. In the high jump, Kamiak’s Thelonius Washington, Hirza Nazhari and Merrick Hart finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kamiak has four individuals finish in the top 11 in the long jump  and four of the top eight in the high jump.

“Most people there were pretty impressed,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s a tribute to their hard work and being out there every day and competing.”

Mariner’s JJ Walker took second place in the pole vault with a personal best of 14-6 and placed fifth in the 110 hurdles. Jammie Phea was second in the high jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Romelo Mangum finished fourth in the 100 and seventh in the 200. Randy Nguyen was fifth in the long jump.

Mariner’s 400 relay team of Joseph McDonald, Tyrone Jones, Robel Anshebo and Mangum took third and the 1,600 relay squad of Phea, Brandon Lopez, Richie Duangmani and Fernado Castaneda-Flores was fifth.

The top 12 finishers advance to the 4A District meet, which is set for Wednesday, May 17, and Friday, May 19, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

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