Two seniors, freshman power Kamiak’s distance crew | Track and field

Hatch, Leonard each record two victories in the first Wesco 4A meet of season
By David Pan | Mar 27, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Leah Clark, Emma Arceo and Alicia Anderson lead the pack in the 3,200. Anderson won the race and was followed by Arceo and Clark.

Kamiak’s girls distance crew had a stellar start in the first Wesco 4A track and field meet of the season.

Senior Alicia Anderson, freshman Emma Arceo and senior Leah Clark finished 1-2-3 in the 3,200-meter race Thursday, March 21, at Lake Stevens High School.

Anderson clocked in at 11 minutes, 35.70 seconds and was followed by Arceo (11:37.06) and Clark (11:44.38).

The three are coming off a successful cross country season that saw Arceo place seventh, Anderson take ninth and Clark grab 15th place at the 4A state championships last fall.

“They work so well together and play off the strengths of each other,” Kamiak coach Charley LeWarne said. “They are such rock solid kids.”

Arceo and Clark finished second and third in the 1,600 behind two-time 1,600 and 3,200 state champion Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens. Anderson also placed third in the 400.

Anderson noted that the Knights had some negative splits – the first mile was slower than the second – in the 3,200.

“Normally that doesn’t happen, so that was good,” she said.

The Kamiak senior, who will be running at Gonzaga University in Spokane, advanced to last year’s state meet in the 3,200, where she finished fifth.

“I didn’t make it in the mile (1,600),” Anderson said. “I’m hoping to do that this year.”

Clark also will be continuing her athletic career in college. She be running cross country and track at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I definitely wanted to run in college,” Clark said. “I was looking at schools that would let me run.”

Anderson and Clark both are impressed by their freshman teammate Arceo.

“She has a lot of raw talent and her dedication on top of that makes her really good,” Clark said.

Arceo’s enthusiasm is an added bonus.

“She really likes running,” Anderson said. “That’s hard to find now.”

Arceo admitted she has some first-meet jitters on Thursday, but also was excited to get the track season going.

“It went pretty well for the first meet,” she said. “The fact I got to run it with my teammates made it a whole lot better.”

The transition from middle school to high school has been eased with the help of Anderson and Clark. Arceo also made the transition from a private school – King’s – to a public school.

“It was really nice to have the seniors as a guide into sports,” Arceo said.

LeWarne sees a bright future ahead for Arceo.

“She’s learning from some good ones,” he said. “She certainly has the capability to be really good in the mile and two mile.”

Arceo describes herself as a distance runner and added that she prefers the 3,200.

“The mile is all out the whole time,” she said. “With the two mile you get to settle in a little bit more and pace yourself.”

Seniors Tracey Hatch and sophomore Isabelle Leonard each recorded a pair of victories. Hatch won the 200 in 27.53 and captured the 400 in 1:01.52. Leonard finished first in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and took the triple jump (31-1.75). Senior Tara Koonce won the discus (106-07) and was second on tine shot put.

Sophomore Elizabeth Bingham took second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles.

Kamiak senior Daudi Musoke started the season off with a winning performance in the boys 200 in 23.19 seconds. He also took second in the 100.

“I knew he was going to be faster this year,” Kamiak coach Paul Kirkpatrick said. “I didn’t know he was going to be that much faster. He’s worked so hard in the offseason. … He just picked up the long jump this year. He’s got a lot of potential there.”

Musoke tied for fifth place in his long jump debut. Teammate Carp Mukai won the 1,600 in 4:37.10 and took second in the 3,200. Sophomore Jason Blinn was second in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200.

Senior Michael Springer finished first in the discus with a throw of 136-07.

“He should be one of the top discus throwers in Wesco,” Kirkpatrick said.

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