Knights set school records at state championships | Track and field

Mariner senior Pace earns medal in 300-meter hurdles
By David Pan | May 30, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Noelle Young, Kailin Wiley, Sarah Nehring and Savannah Congdone receive their third place medal in the 400 relay.

Kamiak’s sprinters advanced to the finals in two events and set two school records at the 4A state track and field championships.

The 400-meter relay team of junior Savannah Congdon and seniors Noelle Young, Sarah Nehring and Kailin Wiley finished third in a school-record time of 48.89 seconds, .20 seconds faster than what the Knights ran in the preliminary heat.

It was a fitting way for the three seniors to close out their high school careers.

“We’ve never made it to the finals,” said Wiley, who ran the anchor leg. “That was really motivating and being our last year for three of us, we just really wanted to make it as far as we could.”

Wiley said she and her teammates were excited, “but we wanted to keep it under control. We just kind of wanted to get in the mode, run our race and do what we do best.”

Kamiak’s 800 relay team of Congdon, junior Tracey Hatch, Young and Wiley placed fourth in a school-record time of 1:42.77. Hatch finished just short of making the podium in the 400, placing ninth.

Mariner senior Suzy Pace wrapped up her high school career by competing in three events and coming home with a sixth place medal in the 300 hurdles. Pace’s time of 45.40 was .13 seconds off her season’s best.

Pace, who will continue her track and field career at Washington State, tied for ninth in the high jump and took 15th in the 100 hurdles.

“I’ve been feeling a little shaky just coming in. It hasn’t been my best season. I haven’t had a PR,” Pace said. “But my coaches are just reminding me this whole weekend just have fun with it. It’s my very last time running the 300. … I was really glad to really enjoy my time with the girls and with my coaches and just having everyone supporting me helped a lot.”

Pace admitted that the 100 hurdles and the high jump didn’t go as well as she hoped they would. The Mariner standout said that it wasn’t easy to advance to the 300 hurdles finals. Pace was seeded seventh coming into the finals.

“It was just trying to fight the mental battle and knowing that I can do it, even if I’m hurting and just push through to get to the finals,” Pace said. “It felt nice to rank higher than my seed time put me at. It felt like a big accomplishment to push by my time.”

When she started track at Mariner, Pace viewed the sport as something fun to do.

“My coaches helped me turn it into something that can help me through college,” Pace said. “It’s become a huge part of my life and I know it’s going to stick with me and continue to motivate me and just keep me well-balanced. I’m excited to keep competing.”

Wiley was set to go to Washington State University but in part to the Knights’ track and field success, the Kamiak senior had a change of heart and wants to continue with sports for at least one more year. Wiley said she will be playing soccer at Edmonds Community College.

Kamiak junior Alicia Anderson finished fifth in the 3,200 in a school record time of 10:47.66.

Kamiak senior Matthew Stark achieved his goal of medaling at the state meet with his eighth place finish in the boys discus. Teammates Braden Leary placed 12th in the long jump and Cameron Dockens was 15th in the pole vault.

Mariner’s 400 relay team of Sebastian Wanjiru, Amalawa Aiwekhoe, Prince Riley and Romelo Mangum took ninth place. Mangum finished 12th in the 200.

The Knights’ 1,600 relay squad of Abby Kyles, Wiley, Anderson and Hatch was 10th.

Kamiak freshman Isabelle Leonard took 12th in the girls high jump and senior Ally de la Cruz placed 13th in the pole vault. Senior Sarah Nehring finished 15th in the triple jump. Congdon finished 16th in the 200 and Young placed 19th in the 100.

Kamiak senior awarded scholarship

Kamiak’s Ally de la Cruz, a three-sport athlete, was one of 10 seniors who were awarded a WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship. The Kamiak senior, who was one of 10 finalists, received $1,000.

A four-time state placer, de la Cruz won a state wrestling title as a junior. She also competed in the pole vault in last weekend’s 4A state girls track and field championships and was a member of the swim team.

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