Eight Pirates advance to state track and field championships

Seven Pirates also claimed district titles at the 1A West Central District Championships.

A plethora of Pirates converged onto the track and field at North Mason High School for the 1A West Central District Championships this past May 20 and 21.  

Seven of them won district titles — and eight Pirates are moving onto the State Championships this weekend inside of Roos Stadium on the campus of Eastern Washington University.

George Murphy started the meet off with a victory in the pole vault, with his best attempt clearing 12’0. Murphy also placed third in the boys’ high jump with a mark of 5-6, qualifying him for State.

Blake Gibbons came up victorious in the boys’ 110-meter-high hurdles by outpacing his competition with a time of 17.02. Gibbons also qualified for State in the 300-meter hurdles by finishing third with a time of 45.38.

Indigo Assink took the victory in the girls’ high jump at 4-8, with Nicky Becker placing second also at 4-8.

The girls’ 4X100 meter relay team, consisting of Annabelle Moeckel, Amelia Mederios, Nicki Becker and Alana Bass, set a season record by edging out Bellevue Christian for the district title with a team-best time of 52.66 to advance to state.

Alana Bass, in her sophomore year, has qualified in four separate events. Bass took second in the girls’ 100-meter dash in 13.31 and placed third in the 200 meters in 26.97. She also set a personal best in the long jump, with a mark of 16’0, placing her second. She was the anchor on the winning 4×1 relay team.

Amelia Medeiros placed second in the discus with a throw of 94-10, sending her to State. The final qualifier to state was Madeline Yarkin, in the pole vault, as she cleared the bar at 7’6 to finish third.

Other district participants were Levi Blasingim, in the boys’ 1600, with a time of 5:03; Emerson Dunn, in the girls’ javelin, placing fifth with a personal best throw of 76-10; and Caitlin Jeffcoat placing fourth in the high jump. Kora Murphy placed sixth in the high jump, and sixth in the pole vault.

Neve DeVoght placed fourth in the pole vault, with a personal best of 7’0, and Annabelle Moeckel also set a personal best of 6’06 in the same event.

Overall, the girls’ team placed third behind East Jefferson and Bellevue Christian and the boys’ team placed fifth overall.

Kevin Ross is the head track and field coach for Vashon High School.