Knights set or tie 34 records in track and field

Apr 24, 2013
Courtesy of: Liz Ferry Junior Austin Hall battles Jackson High School in the boys 100-meter dash when Kamiak High School Track and Field hosted Jackson on April 18 at Goddard Stadium. Austin took second place in the 100-meter with a time of 11.45 seconds. Austin was a First Team All-WESCO running back in the fall. This is the first year he has turned out for track at Kamiak. “The first few meets he was learning how to compete in a new environment,” said Kamiak boys track coach Paul Kirkpatrick. “Since coming back from spring break, he has concentrated on improving his start in the 100 and has shown steady improvement dropping over .3 of a second in his 100 meter time in the last two weeks."

The Knights competed in the track and field Bellevue Invite last weekend and, according to coach Paul Kirkpatrick, ran well against very good competition.

The meet was long, cold and wet. Despite the less than favorable conditions, the athletes set or tied 34 personal records.

Tomislav Smith and Joey Davis each improved their 3,200-meter run times by 30 seconds. Ryan Bradford broke 2 minutes in the 800-meter for the first time. Tim Beard had a 12-foot advance in the discus.

Brandon Beasley and Grant Smith both improved their best discus marks by 7 feet.

Junior Chardalise Madrigal was at the meet for more than eight hours before being able to start in the pole vault. She had to get there early to compete in the hurdles and then had to sit while the boys took about six and a half hours to complete the event.

Once the event started, she still had to wait until the crossbar reached her normal opening height. By the time she was finished it was 9:30 p.m., and most of the other competitors had left the stadium.

Kirkpatrick said there are many athletes who compete in the throwing events that are working hard and showing steady improvement in the shot put, discus and javelin.

Junior Meagan Rickey leads in all of the girls throws, with freshman Christabella Humphreys and junior Brittany Richmond right behind her.

The boys throws are led by freshman Tim Beard, as well as junior Tyler Webley and junior Patrick Leanza.

Finishing in the Top 8 and scoring points in their events were:

Chris Moreton 7th in the 200-meter dash and 4th in the 400-meter dash;

Heather Pearson 7th in the 800-meter run;

Ryan Bradford 5th in the 800-meter run;

Tomislav Smith 7th in the 3200-meter run;

Chardalise Madrigal 5th in the pole vault;

Tim Beard 6th in the discus;

Austin Sears tied for 7th in the high jump and

Bryce Richards 7th in the triple jump.

The Knights will travel to Edmonds Stadium on Thursday, April 25, for a 3:30 p.m. meet against Edmonds-Woodway High School.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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