By Doug Drowley
Special to The Seattle Times
They seek a pair of three-peats
We’ve made it to the finale – Star Track XXXII, the state meets, in all six classifications mostly on Friday and Saturday. The small schools will begin Friday at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
The big schools, 4A/3A/2A, got things going at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma on Thursday. Two 3A teams go for some history this weekend – the Kamiakin girls and the Bellevue boys.
Both schools have won the state team championship each of the past two years. So, both try this weekend to become the state’s next three-peat champions.
The Braves girls got off to a quick start in their attempt. Kamiakin won two events on Night 1 and scored a quick 28 points. All this before the sprints even get started with prelims today.
“All of our kids are just so talented,” Kamiakin coach Cheryl Schauble said. These seven or eight seniors, I just be really upset when they leave.”
To get it done, Kamiakin will have to outduel perennial contender Holy Names Academy – the runaway Sea-King District champion. Holy Names also is the last school to accomplish the three-peat on the girls side, having done so from 1998-2000.
The last 4A girls team to do it? That would be Garfield, which won four in a row from 1981-85.
The last boys team to win three in a row also won four in a row – North Central of Spokane was the 3A champ from 2008-2011.
Bellevue would love to join the club.
“We want it, you know,” senior Max Richmond said.
This could be Bellevue’s toughest test of the three years. Nathan Hale beat the Wolverines at the district meet. Hanford has yet to lose a meet all season long.
“It’s going to be very close,” senior Budda Baker said.
Meanwhile, in the 4A ranks, the Federal Way girls and boys hope to become the first school to repeat in the same year with both genders since Garfield in 1984 and 1985, and become only the second 4A school ever to do it.
First Impressions leave lasting effect
Her first state meet experience – on the track – was everything Federal Way senior Hannah Cunliffe had hoped it would be.
“Finally,” Cunliffe said. “Finally I am here. I have so much built in. I feel like people don’t know how to react. A lot of people haven’t seen me run.”
Cunliffe ran the anchor leg for the Eagles 4-by-200 relay in the prelims on Thursday. Federal Way ran a blistering 1:40.06. That’s less than a second off of the meet record, 1:39.12, set back in 1983 by Garfield.
Cunliffe will compete Friday in the prelims for the 100 and 200, then have all three finals on Saturday.
She got hers – finally
Megan Beauchene has been among the top distance runners in the state for four years. But despite the Kamiakin team’s success these past seasons, Beauchene never had won an individual state title – until Thursday.
Running one of her two distance races, the 1,600 meters, Beauchene bolted away from contenders Erin Ripple of Holy Names and Andrea masterson of Lakeside with 300 meters to go and got her title in 4:48.42
“Before the race, I was just looking at my jersey,” Beauchene said. “I was thinking, ‘This is the last time I’m running the mile in a Kamiakin jersey.’ Coming down the last stretch, I just kept telling myself, ‘Do it for the state title. Do it for the state title.’
“I’ve thought of this moment for so long, probably since in was in middle school.”
A Rivarly Renewed
Sometime around 6:45 p.m. on Friday night, Edmonds-Woodway’s Djenne Dickens and Issaquah’s Gabrielle Gevers will look down the row of competitors at the start line for the 4A 200 meters Heat 2 prelim and see each other – again. Dickens will be in Lane 1, Gevers in Lane 8.
It’s not the first time these two seniors have seen each other somewhere close.
Be it in the fall season, when the two have competed at multiple state swim meets in the 50 and 100 meters, or on the track (50 and 100 meters sprints), these two rivals have seen a lot of each other over the years.
Who’s going where?
Amherst – Aedan Roberts, Nathan Hale
BYU – Ellie Heiden, Kamiakin
Brown – Andrew Foerder, Nathan Hale
California – Max Leach, Nathan Hale
Cal Poly – Devon Grove, Lake Washington
UCSD – Aubrey Ward-El, Skyview
CWU – Rachel Greve, Auburn Mountainview
Citadel – Elizabeth Webster, Bishop Blanchet
Connecticut College – Grace Sheeran, Bellevue
Gonzaga – Jack Pearce, Mountlake Terrace
Florida – Lauren Perry, Richland
Harvard – Floriane Kameni, Bellevue
Hawaii (Manoa) – Karen Bulger, Olympia
Idaho – Brock Eager, Tahoma
Kansas – Dorie Dalzell, Skyline; Olivia Vincent, Holy Names
Lewis and Clark – Blake Slattengren, Inglemoor
Lipscomb – Kacey Kemper, Nathan Hale
Loyola Marymount – Chris Fredlund, Squalicum
Mississippi – Brooke Feldmeier, Tumwater
Montana – Jenna Dukovcic, Mark Morris; Caleb Lyons, Lakes
North Carolina – Logan Carroll, Gig Harbor
Notre Dame – Alex Daugherty, Skyline
Oberlin – Caracol Haley, Nathan Hale
Oklahoma – Hannah Cunliffe, Federal Way
Oregon State – Nicole Goecke, Prairie
Pacific – Stephenie Spencer, Bothell
Portland – Logan Orndorf, Cedarcrest
Princeton – Wolfgang Beck, Gig Harbor; Lane Russell, Tumwater
San Francisco – Quentin Purtzer, Bellarmine Prep
Seattle – Jason Cowan, Kennedy Catholic
Seattle Pacific – Sophie Carroll, Central Kitsap
Stanford – Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Wenatchee
Texas – ShaRaya Quinn, Emerald Ridge
Warner Pacific – Kiaya Van Scoyoc, Lakes
Washington U. (St. Louis) – Audrey Western, University
Washington – Megan Beauchene, Kamiakin; Rose Christen, Central Kitsap; Hannah Derby, Bellarmine Prep; Lyndsay Leatherman, Arlington; Denham Patricelli, Tahoma
WSU – Jonathan Green, Ephrata; Zachary Smith, Olympic
Weber State – Emily Morgan, Columbia River
William & Mary – Jaren Sinsheimer, Bellarmine Prep
William Jewell – Elizabeth Stevenson, Port Angeles
Wisconsin – Joe Hardy, Seattle Prep; Kai Wilmot, North Central
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