District track preview: Expect competitive performances from MTHS athletes Friday

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MTHSHawks logoWhile the Mountlake Terrace Hawks track teams may not be as strong as last year’s squads, look for team members to challenge in a number of events during the Edmonds District Track meet at Edmonds Stadium Friday.

Hawk sophomore Chinne Okoronwko is the heavy favorite in the girls pole vault and the girls triple jump; and don’t count out the super sophomore out in the girls long jump. Okoronwko could walk away as the only three-event champion of the meet.

Terrace’s Hailee Malins has had a strong year in the girls shot put and the girls discus; look for her to be near the top of the heap in those two events. Junior Alisha Clingan has had a superb second-half-of-the-season in the javelin and the high jump, and could be a contender in those competitions.

The girls long distance runners are formidable, with Hawks Katherine Gustafson, Katherine Walter, Ella Schroth, Jessica Ong and Sophia Nelson hoping to have strong performances in the 800 meters, 1600 meters and the 3200 meters. Senior Barbara Biney, after a slow start, is showing signs of being able to challenge top sprinters in the 100 meters and the 200 meters, in addition to top performers in the triple jump and long jump. And the meet favorite in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles could be Terrace’s McKenna Hunt.

On the boys side, senior Brett Potter should be at or near the top in two events, the shot put and the discus. Terrace’s Jack Pearce is a legitimate contender in the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters, while teammates Chris Baumgartner and Nathan Sparks could possibly surprise in the 800 meters and the 3200 meters respectively.

Other Terrace boys to watch on Friday will be Michael Liddell in the long jump and Gene An in the pole vault.

— By Doug Petrowski

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