2A/3A/4A State Championship Meet Thursday/Friday/Saturday, May 26 – 28 Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma
For the 2nd straight year, our girls BROUGHT IT down to Mount Tahoma and peaked at just the right time and walked away state champs again. With 3 event wins, 3 runners-up, a 3rd place, and 12 total trips to the podium (WOW!!) , our girls ran, jumped, and threw themselves out of reach of 2nd place Tahoma winning by 13 points. After losing to Tahoma by 11 at Arnie Young in early April, our girls demonstrated their stamina and our patented late-season “peakability” and came roaring back when it counts most to earn the title. Scoring 59 last year and winning by 11, this year’s team scored 15 more and won by 2 more.
With their score of 74, they were the highest-scoring team out of all the winning teams at this meet.
|Issaquah||4A Girls||74||Won by 13|
|Federal Way||4A Boys||65||Won by 20|
|Shorecrest||2A Girls||60||Won by 5|
|Lynnwood||3A Girls||55||Won by 7|
|Black Hills||2A Boys||47.5||Won by 6.5|
|Lincoln||3A Boys||45.66||Won by 5.66|
It was the culmination of another incredible season for our girls team. With their only loss being their 2nd place finish at Arnie Young, the Issy girls have now won the 4A KingCo Regular Season title, 4A KingCo League Championship, 4A District Championship, and 4A State Championship for two straight years. Way to go girls! What a 2-year run we have had!!
The overall level of talent and depth on this team boggles the mind. With class, school, and league records falling by the week then league, district, and state titles coming by the bunch, this team of girls is simply one of the greatest collections of Track & Field athletes you will ever see at the high school level. Congrats girls on all you have done this season!
The boys team tied for 30th place with 6 points. This was the 3rd consecutive meet in post-season where the boys improved from the year before and each year since the current seniors were freshmen. That’s awesome guys! You have set the stage for years to come with what you have done!
2013: No participants 0 points
2014: Participants but none scored 0 points
2015: Tied for 42nd place (out of 44) 2 points
2016: Tied for 30th place (out of 47) 6 points
Awesome boys! You had a great season!
WIAA Website: http://www.wiaa.com/results/track/2016/2A3A4A/
Thanks again you two for all your hard work taking pics this season and for providing them to us!
Girls 4×4 prelim:
Girls 400m final:
Girls 800m final:
Girls 1600m: PRESS:
Issaquah Press: http://www.theeastside.news/issaquah/sports/high_school/issaquah_high/issaquah-girls-defend-a-track-and- field-title/article_51570c0e-25e9-11e6-9bd7-e3be88f76fb0.html
Issaquah|Sammamish Reporter: http://www.issaquahreporter.com/sports/381263121.html
Siarfo to Alia to Elise to Nikki
Alternates: Priya & Lert
New IHS School Record New KingCo League Record
State of Washington # 3 All-Time
1st State Championship in this event in school history
NOTE: After a little jittery sluggishness and a couple bad handoffs in the prelim, this incredible foursome managed to put together their top speed AND three nearly flawless handoffs to bring home the state title in this event for the first time in school history in the final. With Nikki holding off Curtis and Tahoma all the way to the line, this group set the tone for the day early on Saturday morning and showed the entire house that we were going to be ALL BUSINESS for the whole day. Their incredible mark of 1:39.71 ranks them # 3 all-time in state history and is just the 3rd time in 33 years a squad has run inside 1:40 and just the 5th squad ever to do so in state history. This performance also caps an undefeated season in this event for IHS. What a brilliant performance girls – you are unbelievable! Congrats on your state championship!
Kenzie to Sami to Elise to Nikki
Alternates: Lert & Jackie
3:51.75 (Season Best 3:49.28 season best in prelim.)
NOTE: With another big performance on the largest stage there is, these girls once again brought home the gold in this event for the 2nd year in a row at state and the 5th time in school history. With a handful of schools coming after us and running marks that turned out to be their fastest of the year, it wasn’t enough as the talent and depth of this squad proved too much once again. Their mark of 3:49.28 in the prelim is the 3rd fastest performance in state history and with their win at this meet, our girls have now gone two years without a loss in this event. Our 2015 and 2016 squads have 7 of the top 15 marks ever recorded in this event in state history. Incredible you guys! Congrats on your state championship and your absolute stranglehold on this event up and down our entire state!
NOTE: With a powerful start in the first 75m, Sami set the tone and pushed the pace for the entire race and earns her first state title in this event and 2nd overall as an individual. Battling the brutal wind on the homestretch, she held off a deep field and did what she needed to do to earn 10 points for the team and cap an undefeated season in this event. With her championship, Sami joins Kathy Chase in 1976 and Lauren Maris in 2005 as Issy state champions in this event. Sami also joins a couple other greats of program history – Mary Moore and Laura Lavine – as the only girls in school history to win multiple state championships in individual events. (Both Mary and Laura won 3 each.) Sami and Laura are the only two, however, to win state titles in two DIFFERENT events (Laura in Shot and Discus, Sami in 1600m and 800m) and since Laura was a thrower, Sami has become the first and only Issy girl to win multiple individual state titles in running events. Congrats Sami – you are doing things on the track that have never before been seen in these parts and continuing to amaze! Way to run!!
NOTE: For the 2nd year in a row, Nikki finishes 2nd at state in the 400m and in her first post-season in the 100m Hurdles finishes 2nd in that event as well! That’s 16 points for the team RIGHT THERE in about 70 seconds total! Way to perform Nikki!
NOTE: After winning the state title last year as a frosh, Sami finishes 2nd this year which flip-flopped her finishes in the 800 from last year to this year. Ever the competitor, Sami has vowed to finish 3rd in both next season to have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes in both events at state. (That’s actually not true but it could be!)
MEDALISTS/SCORERS: (Finishers in the top 8 in their events.)
Long Jump 17’ 5 ½” 5th place (Highest place at state in school history in this event.)
Shot Put 38′ 3″ 15-inch Lifetime PR!) 8th place
NOTE: In the final meet of her career, Bridgette unleashed a MONSTER throw – busting through both the 37’ and 38’ barriers at one time and ending with a 15-inch Lifetime PR which ties her for 5th in school history in this event. Tahoma told at least one of our coaches that Bridgette’s placement and scoring for the team was a sign that things were going to be tougher than they thought. Way to go Bridgette! Congrats on an outstanding career!
200m 25.65 6th place
400m 57.39 3rd place
NOTE: After finishing 4th place last year in the 400m, Elise moves up a spot to finish 3rd and together with her 6th place showing in the 200m Elise now has 3 top-6 finishes at state overall in individual events. Elise…you are FAST!
Discus 151’ 0” 6th place
NOTE: One of just three non-seniors in the field – AND THE ONLY SOPHOMORE – Joey was truly standing amongst giants as he tangled with the state’s best flingers and finished in incredible 6th place. Due to a clerical error, Joey was awarded 7th at the time of the medal presentation on the podium but we got it switched so he received his correct place and medal. Way to go Joey…what will you DO in the next two years?!?!
3200m 11:01.75 6th place
NOTE: In her first state appearance in any event, Kenna had an awesome race and finished in an outstanding 6th place which is the highest finish for an Issy girl at state in this event in 17 years. It was Kenna’s 3 points earned in this event that put us ahead of Tahoma for good and sealed the team victory. Way to go Kenna, congrats on a great season!
Priya, Lert, Sugar, Siarfo
4×1 49.27 6th place
Alternates: Jackie & Kenzie
NOTE: Another awesome race in the final 4×1 for Priya, Lert, and Sugar. For 2 full seasons, this has been our foursome in this event and they finished in the top 6 at state both years. We will have a huge hole to fill next year as these three seniors move on to greener pastures and leave us as ¾ of the school record squad in this event. Congrats girls on your great two seasons as our 4×1!
Triple Jump 44’ 1 ½” 8th place
NOTE: Two-straight trips to state in this event for Joe and two-straight podium trips as well. Congrats on a great season in the TJ Joe. Can’t wait to see what you do next year!!
1600m 4:16.52 7th place
NOTE: In his first trip to state in any event, Jacob makes his last start in an IHS uniform memorable, running the 2nd fastest mark of his life and ending up 7th at the state meet which is the highest finish at state in this event in 13 years. Jacob wraps his career in this event ranked 4th all-time in history and the fastest IHS boy miler since Tom Bohannon in 1983. In the last 33 years, of all the IHS boys that have toed the line in the mile in an IHS uniform, none have been faster than Jacob. Congrats Jacob on a fine career and all you have accomplished. Good luck next year at Colorado State!
OTHER ISSY COMPETITORS:
Priya:100m 16th place
Jason:400m 12th place
Rhoddy: Discus 13th place
Elliott: 300m Hurdles 13th place
Elise: 4×4 split
Sami: 4×4 split
Kenzie: 4×4 Split
Bridgette: Shot Put (by 15 inches!)
CLASS LIST UPDATES:
The following kids performed well enough at this meet to find themselves ranked in the top 15 of their class in these events in SCHOOL HISTORY. Nice job!
Bridgette: Tied for 5th on senior Shot Put list.
TOP 25 LIST UPDATES:
The following athletes achieved a performance at this meet that ranks in the Top 25 overall in school history in these events. (Includes those that were already in the top 25 but improved their position.)
Bridgette Shot Put 38’3″ Tied for 5th all-time
4x 2 Siarfo/Alia/Elise/Nikki 1:39.71 1st all-time
4×4 Kenzie/Sami/Eliese/Nikki 3:49.28 2nd all-time
The following athletes are 4-year seniors that competed at their last meet as a member of the Issy Track & Field team at this meet:
That’s a wrap for 2016! Thanks for another great season and we’ll see you next season in 2017!
Photo courtesy of Lawrie Robertson