Mariner’s Wanjiru, Kamiak’s Warner capture district track and field crowns

May 22, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Sebastian Wanjiru accepts his first-place medal in the 100-meter dash.

Mariner and Kamiak each walked away with an individual title at the 4A Northwest District 1 boys track and field championships.

Mariner sophomore Sebastian Wanjiru finished first in the 100-meter dash Friday, May 17, at Shoreline Stadium. Wanjiru clocked in with a time of 11.45 seconds, .05 seconds faster than Cascade’s Maxwell Nelson.

The top two finishers advance to this week’s state championships.

Wanjiru, who also placed third in the 200, set a personal record in the preliminary heat with a time of 11.24.

“I pushed myself,” Wanjiru said of his victory in the finals. “I just believed in myself.”

Wanjiru’s goal was to place in the top 2 and qualify for the state meet.

“I’m just hoping to perform and do my best,” Wanjiru said of this week’s 4A championships. “I’m hoping to PR and give it 100 percent.”

Kamiak’s Nathan Warner continues to turn heads in a sensational freshman season. Warner won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches. The height matched his best performance of the season.

In the girls meet, Kamiak senior Alicia Anderson advanced to state in the 1,600 and 3,200 races by exceeding the state qualification minimum standard.

Anderson finished third in the 3,200 with a season’s best time of 10:50.14 and took fourth in the 1,600 in 4:58.27. Anderson, along with teammates Isabela Ceniceros, Tracey Hatch and Abby Kyles placed second in the 1,600 relay in 4:04.56 and earned a berth to state.

Junior Ava Manning finished second in the high jump with a career best mark of 5-2 and senior Tara Koonce placed second in the shot put with a throw of 38-11.50, her longest throw of the season. Manning also took third in the triple jump with a PR of 33-10.75.

Other top Knights in the girls meet included Hatch (fourth in 400), Leah Clark (fourth in 3,200/PR), Isabelle Leonard (fourth in high jump) and the 800 relay team of Ceniceros, Savannah Congdon, Kyles and Hatch (third).

Other top performers in the boys meet were Mariner’s Dominic Cruz-Estrada (fourth in 800/PR), Kamiak’s Carp Mukai (fourth in 1,600), Mariner’s Frank Blanco-Yanez (fourth in discus/PR), Kamiak’s Richard Chung (third in pole vault/PR), Kamiak’s 400 relay squad of Daudi Musoke, Justin LeBlanc, Ben Shallow and Grant Hruschka (third) and Mariner’s 1,600 relay squad of Wanjiru, Harrison Hayden, Cruz-Estrada and Edwin Bouah (fourth).

The 4A state track and field championships are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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