Strong performance for Knights at Eason Invite | Track and field

By David Pan | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark, seen here in a 400-meter race at Shoreline Stadium, both ran well in their respective events at the Eason Invitational. Anderson placed third in the 800 and Clark finished sixth in the 3,200 to help the Knights to a second place finish in the team standings.

The Kamiak girls track and field team showed that it can hang with the best in the state.

The Knights finished second overall behind Issaquah at the 30th annual Larry Eason Invitational Saturday, April 21, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

The Eagles claimed the team title with 56 points with the Knights scoring 37. Snohomish took third place with 36.5 and Glacier Peak was fourth with 36.

“We had a good outing,” Kamiak coach Charley LeWarne said. “Issaquah is certainly a state contender.”

Junior Alicia Anderson, who placed second in the 1,600-meter race and fifth in the 3,200 at last year’s state meet, finished third in the elite 800.

“It was a loaded field,” LeWarne said.

Every runner in the race had posted a time of 2 minutes, 20 seconds at some point during her career.

Anderson clocked in at 2:19.19, a season’s best time. Issaquah’s Sami Corman won the race in 2:12.49 and Glacier Peak’s Elena Williams was second in 2:13.66. Race organizers offered a special T-shirt as an incentive to the leader at the 400-meter mark. Anderson was with the top two runners and surged ahead to claim the honor.

“She bolted to get the T-shirt,” LeWarne said. “Those two girls (Corman and Williams) are absolute studs. They have got to be among the top two or three runners.”

The Knights’ second place showing was a result of strong overall performances from several athletes, LeWarne said.

“The thing that stood out the most in my mind was that there wasn’t anything that stood out,” he said. “It was really a solid team effort.”

Junior Tara Koonce finished third in the hammer throw (an event not held in regular high school meets) and placed fourth in the shot put. She also finished 11th in the discus.

Junior Leah Clark took sixth in the 3,200 and junior Tracey Hatch placed eighth in the 400. Senior Naomi Bingham finished ninth in the pole vault with a season’s best mark of 10 feet, 6 inches.

Senior Sarah Nehring took seventh in the long jump with a season’s best leap of 16-10.

Kamiak’s 400 relay squad of Savannah Congdon, Emma Harrison, Hatch and Abby Kyles finished second.

Mariner senior Suzy Pace, who signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Washington State, took second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles, both with her season’s best times. Pace also was tied for fourth in the high jump.

In the boys meet, Kamiak senior Alex Chung finished seventh with a personal record throw of 99-04 in the hammer throw. Senior Cameron Dockens took seventh with a personal best of 12-06 in the pole vault and freshman Matthew Stark placed eighth in the discus with a season’s best throw of 144-10.

Mariner’s 400 relay team of Sebastian Wanjiru, Amalawa Aiwekhoe,
Robel Anshebo and Roman Bondarenko took fourth place.

Mariner’s Ignacio Garcia and Frank Blanco-Yanez finished eighth and ninth in the hammer throw.

Kamiak coach Paul Kirkpatrick noted that senior Anthony Armad is excelling in the hurdles.

“He just came out last year as a junior,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’re still working on form. So we’ve changed some things. He’s not quite as fast. … I think he’s going to come down quite a bit.”

Senior Patrick Olson is back healthy and recorded a two-foot increase in the triple jump from Thursday’s Wesco meet to Saturday’s Eason Invitational. Kirkpatrick also expects senior Braden Leary to be among the top contenders in the long jump.

“We should start to be able to put some things together,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’ve had quite a few injuries early on, some even before the season. Everybody is starting to get healthy.”

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