Prep track and field: Lady Hawks finish third overall in state championships

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Fans of Lynnwood, Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace track and field teams all had reasons to cheer Saturday as athletes from each school captured medals. But those rooting for the Royals could cheer the loudest as the Lynnwood girls won the 3A State team championship.

The Royals scored 55 team points, seven better than second place Kamiakin, to take home the state 3A girls team title.

The Mountlake Terrace Hawks girls’ squad finished third in the team scoring, their fourth top-10 placement at state in-a-row. The Edmonds-Woodway Warrior girls placed 12th in the state team rankings.

Mountlake Terrace’s Chinne Okoronkwo earned two more individual championships Saturday to add to her 3A Girls Long Jump title captured on Friday. Okoronkwo won both the 3A Girls Pole Vault and the 3A Girls Triple Jump competitions. It was her fourth straight state title in the triple jump.

Okoronkwo ends her high school sports career with a total of nine individual state championships and as the most decorated Terrace athlete in the school’s history.

In a race full of top local runners, Edmonds-Woodway’s Yukino Parle won the 3A Girls 3200 Meters in a time of 10:49.05. Lynnwood’s Malia Pivec finished second just 1.11 seconds behind Parle. Mountlake Terrace’s Katherine Walter placed sixth and E-W’s Olivia Meader-Yetter came in ninth.

In addition to Pivec’s runner-up finish in the 3200 meters, other Royals had good outings at the state track and field championships in Tacoma on Saturday. Lynnwood’s Jordyn Edwards picked up two individual medals, a second place in the 3A Girls 400 Meters and an eighth place in the 3A Girls 200 Meters.

Edwards was also part of the Royals’ relay team that placed second in the 3A Girls 4×400 Meter Relay on Saturday.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Vernice Keyes finished second in the 3A Girls Discus with a personal-best toss of 127 feet – 7 inches.

Lynnwood’s Rita Sakharov followed up her fifth place finish in Friday’s 3A Girls 100 Meter Hurdles by grabbing third place in the 3A Girls 300 Meter Hurdles on Saturday.

Malia Pivec’s older sister, Mikayla, earned a fourth place in the 3A Girls 800 Meter, an event that saw Mountlake Terrace’s Jessica Ong also pick up a podium finish. Ong ran to a seventh place spot in the event.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Allyson Ely edged out Hannah Dobson of Nathan Hale and Brittany Blaskovich of Lake Washington to grab the eighth place medal in the 3A Girls Pole Vault.

On the boys’ side, E-W’s Grant Whitcutt finished fourth in the 3A Boys High Jump, giving him a second medal at this year’s state meet. Whitcutt had previously earned a fifth place in the 3A Boys Pole Vault on Thursday.

The Warriors’ 4×200 meter relay squad ran to a sixth place finish in the state final on Saturday.

A pair of E-W long distance runners also earned strong placements on the state meet’s final day. In the 3A Boys 3200 Meter, Matthew Park placed seventh while teammate Sam McCloughan finished tenth.

In the Mixed Javelin Throw for ambulatory (disabled) athletes, Mountlake Terrace’s Matt Guardino came out in first place with a toss of 73 feet – 1 inch. Teammates Luke Lamp and Jason Ernst finished second and fourth respectively.

To view all the results from the WIAA 2A, 3A, 4A State Track & Field Championships held at Mt. Tahoma High School, click http://www.wiaa.com/results/track/2016/2A3A4A/.

WIAA State Track & Field Championships, Day 3, May 28

Girls team final scores
1. Lynnwood 55
2. Kamiakin   48
3. Mountlake Terrace          35
4. Holy Names Academy    33
5. Sumner     32
6. Chief Sealth         29
7. (tie) Stanwood      28
7. (tie) Enumclaw     28
9. Mercer Island        27
10. Hanford   24
11. Mt. Spokane       27
12. Edmonds-Woodway     22
13. Hazen      21
14. (tie) West Seattle           20
14. (tie) Bonney Lake          20
16. Lakeside 19
17. Arlington 18
18. Columbia River  17
19. (tie) Auburn        15
19. (tie) Mt. Tahoma 15
21. (tie) Bainbridge  14
21. (tie) Bishop Blanchet    14
23. Garfield   12
24. Interlake  11
25. (tie) Kennedy Catholic 10
25. (tie) Prairie          10
27. Lake Washington          9
28. (tie) Oak Harbor 8
28. (tie) Ballard         8
28. (tie) Bellevue      8
31. (tie) Glacier Peak           7
31. (tie) Seattle Prep            7
33. (tie) Kelso            6
33. (tie) Marysville-Pilchuck           6
35. (tie) Kennewick  5
35. (tie) Juanita        5
35. (tie) Auburn Riverside  5
35. (tie) Auburn Mountainview      5
39. (tie) North Central          4
39. (tie) Ingraham     4
39. (tie) Woodrow Wilson   4
42. (tie) Ferndale      3
42. (tie) Central Kitsap        3
44. Southridge          2
45. (tie) Lakes           1
45. (tie) Eastside Catholic  1

Boys team final scores
1. Lincoln      45.66
2. Bonney Lake        40
3. Mt. Spokane         36.50
4. Shorewood           36
5. Nathan Hale         34
6. Bellevue    32.50
7. Bishop Blanchet  30
8. (tie) O’Dea 28
8. (tie) Rogers (Spokane)   28
10. Kamiakin 25
11. Arlington 24
12. (tie) Central Kitsap        22
12. (tie) West Seattle           22
14. Shadle Park       21
15. North Central     20.33
16. Rainier Beach    20
17. Sumner   18
18. Everett     16
19. Franklin   13
20. (tie) Seattle Prep            12
20. (tie)Shelton         12
22. Edmonds-Woodway     11
23. Juanita    10
24. Bainbridge          9
25. (tie) Oak Harbor 8
25. (tie) Garfield        8
25. (tie) Ferndale      8
28. (tie) Lakes 7
28. (tie) Kelso            7
30. (tie) Lynnwood   6
30. (tie) Lake Washington  6
30. (tie) Hanford       6
30. (tie) Prairie          6
30. (tie) Enumclaw   6
35. (tie) Interlake      5
35. (tie) Peninsula   5
35. (tie) Capital         5
38. Auburn Mountainview 4
39. (tie) Auburn        2
39. (tie) Glacier Peak           2
39. (tie) Woodrow Wilson   2
42. (tie) Mt. Tahoma 1
42. (tie) Ballard         1

–By Doug Petrowski

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