Track and field athletes punch their tickets to state event

The Pirate Track and Field team will send seven girls and three boys to the state championship event.

The Pirate Track and Field team had a lot of success at the Class 1A District meet, which was held on Friday, May 19 at Renton Stadium.

The team will send seven girls and three boys to the state championship event, which will be held from May 25 to 27 in Yakima.

On Saturday, May 13, the preliminary events for the district meet were held on the Vashon High School track, with the finals in each event taking place at Renton Stadium. The girls finished second overall out of nine other schools, with Bellevue Christian claiming the district title. Out of the same nine teams, the boys finished fifth overall.

Freshman Bodie Thomas qualified for the state meet in the 1600 and 3200 meters. Thomas won the district title in both events, finishing the 1600 in four minutes and 30 seconds, and the 3200 in nine minutes and 47 seconds. Alec Pottinger, a senior, finished second in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 9 inches. Christian Kincade, a junior, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best timing of 46.81 seconds.

Junior Alana Bass qualified for the state tournament in both the long jump with a leap of sixteen feet and nine inches and the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.73. Bass also qualified in the 200 meters, finishing second in 26.59 seconds, a personal best for her.

Junior Amelia Medeiros earned the district discus gold with a throw of 122 feet and 1 inch. Lena Puz, a freshman, qualified for state by finishing third in the 100 meters in 13.11, the 100-meter hurdles in 16.97, and the triple jump in 31 feet. Emily Harrington, a freshman, extended her season by finishing third in the 400 meters in 1:03.26. Junior Madeline Yarkin accomplished her personal best in the pole vault at eight feet, finishing third at the state championship. Cecelia Guenther, a freshman, finished third in the high jump with a personal best mark of four feet and seven inches.

The girls’ team in 4×100 meter relay won the district championship for the second year in a row by setting a personal best time of 51.22 as they prepare to compete in Yakima. Lena Puz, Annabelle Moeckel, Emily Harrington, and Alana Bass are among the relay team members.

Other girls excelled in the meet as well.

Sophomore Neve DeVought cleared seven feet in the pole vault, among other accomplishments. Hannah Coicaud, a junior, set a personal best in the 400-meter race, with a timing of one minute and eight seconds. Junior Kiara Bartel scored personal bests in both the 100-meter hurdles (18.17) and the 300-meter hurdles (52.90). Kora Murphy, a sophomore, topped four feet and two inches in the high jump.

Pierson Fowler, a freshman, achieved personal marks in both the boys’100 meters (11.58) and the boys’ 200 meters (23.31). Dominic Medeiros, a freshman, cleared seven feet and six inches in the boys’ pole vault.

Kevin Ross is the head coach of Vashon High School Track and Field.