For the first time in recent memory, all four comprehensive high schools in the Edmonds School District had at least one athlete win a state championship this year. The Edmonds School Board honored those athletes during a celebration during Tuesday night’s regular board meeting.
Chinne Okoronkwo graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School last week, and so was not present at the meeting Tuesday. In her track and field career at Mountlake Terrace, she has brought home nine state championship titles. In 2016, she won the triple jump, high jump and long jump events. She was also featured in Sports Illustrated‘s “Faces in the Crowd” page this year. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin next year.
Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Yukino Parle won the 3200 meter race this year during the 3A State Championship. As only a sophomore, her coach predicts a strong future for her in the next two years at Edmonds-Woodway.
Mikayla Pivec graduated from Lynnwood High School last week. She won the javelin during the 3A State Championship, and placed in several other events. She also helped bring the Royals’ basketball team bring home third place in the state championships earlier this year. She is now in Oregon playing basketball for the Oregon State Beavers.
Mikayla’s little sister Malia Pivec received Mikayla’s award Tuesday night, as Mikayla is already practicing with her team in Oregon–but Malia was also recognized along with other members of the Lynnwood girls track team, which won the 3A State Championships overall this year by seven points. District Athletics Director Julie Stroncek described the victory as a dramatic turnaround, after Meadowdale was disqualified from the 4 x 200 meter relay, which the team was favored to win. It was a team effort to turn the tournament around.
After making it to the State Championships five years in a row, the Meadowdale High School softball team took home the state championship title this year. “They went in with a mission to win it all, and they did it. They never gave up at any time,” Coach Dennis Hopkins said.
–Story and photos by Natalie Covate