Track athletes place well at state

Five athletes represented Vashon Island at the WIAA 1A track and field state championships last weekend on the campus of Eastern Washington University.

The participating island athletes were sophomore Abigail Kim, who attends Seattle Christian; junior Graham Peet, who attends The Northwest School and three Pirates: freshman Katherine Andrus, sophomore Annika Hille and senior Garrett Starr.

In 1973 islanders John Rohwer and Jay Mathews had the top two marks in the triple jump, Rohwer at 42 feet, 6.5 inches, and Mathews at 42 feet 3 inches. After 41 years, Garrett Starr, in his final competition for Vashon High School, broke the school record with a mark of 43 feet, 1 inch, which earned him a fifth-place medal at state.

“I am very excited to be a part of Vashon High School history,” said Starr afterward.

In the triple jump, Andrus, in her first trip to Cheney, medaled by placing fourth with a mark of 35 feet, 8.75 inches. She, too, has become an accomplished jumper. She set the school record for the girls in this event at the district finals, which stands at 35 feet, 10.75 inches.

Annika Hille started the 2014 track season with a stress fracture, a carry-over injury from the basketball season. She ended her track season by placing 10th in the girls 1A long jump with a personal best of 16 feet, 5.5 inches.

Kim successfully defended her state titles in three events from last year’s state track and field meet. She cruised to victory in the 100-meter dash in 12.31 seconds. The 200-meter dash saw Kim hitting the corner gaining momentum. After reaching full speed, she spent the last 80 meters with a sizable gap as she distanced herself from any threat of being caught at the line. Her time of 25.09 seconds was a personal best. Perhaps her best showing was in the girls’ long jump, where her mark of 18 feet, 4.75 inches, would have taken the title in any classification at the state level.

Peet took fourth place and medaled in the boys’ 1,600-meter race in a time of 4:27.47 minutes. Peet’s personal best for the mile is a 4:23.86, set last season. In the 2 mile (3,200-meter) event, Peet took home another medal by placing second with a time of 9:33.03 minutes. Earlier in the season, Peet ran his personal best time of 9:26.12 at the Shoreline invitational. A large contingent of parents and other family members made the 282-mile trip to Cheney to support these five accomplished island athletes.

— Kevin Ross is the assistant track coach at the high school.

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