MTHS boys track team picks up another dual-meet win Thursday

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Beau Kennedy earlier this season.
Beau Kennedy, shown earlier this season, took first in the javelin.

Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

The Mountlake Terrace boys track team continued its dominance in dual meets this season, picking up team victories over Marysville-Gretchell 91-65 and Shorecrest 111-45 on Thursday at Marysville Gretchell High School. The Terrace boys have yet to lose a dual meet this season.

The girls’ squad didn’t find the same success in their match-ups on Thursday, losing to Marysville Gretchell 97-78 and to Shorecrest 95-74.

Senior Duane Dahl led the boys attack, winning the 100 meters with a time of 11.16 seconds, and the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 41.18. Dahl also helped the Terrace 4×400 relay team place first with a time of 3:37.37.

Senior Gifton Okoronkwo also picked up two victories for the Hawks, winning the long jump with a leap of 19-6 and the triple jump with a mark of 44 feet. Terrace swept the first three places in the triple jump as senior Tye Esparza finished second at 40 feet, with senior Blake Fernandez placing third at 38-11. Okoronkwo also picked up a second place in the high jump event, clearing 5-6.

Other notables among the Terrace boys team were Quinnell Mason winning the 400 meters, Jack Pierce placing first in the 1600 meters, and Beau Kennedy taking first in the javelin.

On the girls side, freshman Chinne Okoronkwo picked up easy victories in the pole vault, the long jump and the triple jump. Freshman Hailee Malins won the shot put with a toss of 34-4, her best effort of the season. Sophomore McKenna Hunt placed first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.95. Freshman Katherine Walters won her first event in high school competition, the 3200 meters, with a time of 12:31.70

You can receive a omplete listing of results here.

The Terrace Invite is set for this Saturday, April 20, with at least a dozen schools participating in the meet at Edmonds Stadium, including Wesco foes Meadowdale, Shorewood and Marysville Getchell. Also scheduled to attend is Alberni High School from northern Vancouver Island.

The meet is one of the biggest of the year for Hawk athletes, an event that Coach Russ Vincent hopes his squad is ready for. “Whenever you’re facing 12 teams, as opposed to just two or three, I hope the team is getting a little more pumped up,” he said.

The first events of the Terrace Invite are set to go off at 11 a.m. Edmonds Stadium is located behind Edmonds-Woodway High School at 7600-212th St. S.W.

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