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Vashon athletes take top spots at track meet
After a week off for Spring Break, members of the Vashon track and field team did not miss a step as they hit their stride and enjoyed a fair amount of success at a meet at Orting on Thursday.
Despite the soggy conditions, the Pirates provided some very bright moments for the few die-hard spectators that showed at the meet.
Senior Taylor Hernandez took first in the girls 100-meter hurdles. Hernandez said she was pumped up and excited to score points for the team in this event, along with the 100 meters, long jump and 300-meter hurdles.
“I feel a sense of accomplishment from today,” she said.
Junior Elan Peterson took first in the boys 110-meter high hurdles and in the boys long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5 inches.
Sophomore Maddi Groen also saw the podium twice, finishing first in the girls 800 meters with a finish time of 2:47 and first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:12.
Senior Peri Roberts claimed her first victory of the season in the girls 3,200 meters with a time of 13:39.
Tomorrow the Pirates will travel to a meet hosted by Life Christian at Charles Wright Academy. Since Vashon can no longer host track meets at the high school, Life Christian has allowed the Pirates to have their senior night at the meet.
The track and field team’s nine seniors, along with their parents, will be recognized prior to the start of the meet, at 3 p.m.
— Kevin Ross is a coach of the Vashon High School track and field team.