MEET RECAP: Birger Solberg Invitational

Issaquah Eagles travelled north to Bellingham for the Birger Solberg Invitational hosted by Sehome HS at Civic Stadium. As a TEAM, we came away with 21 total PRs, 2 individual/relay event victories, and the girl’s team came away with a 4th place TEAM finish.

Ty Lauritzen Steeplechase

To start the day, we saw our “steeple people” take on their first and only opportunity to attempt the 2K Steeplechase. Junior Ty Lauritzen and senior Brendan Wiederien finished 9th and 17th, respectively, while sophomore Mackenzie Bice and Lorelai Beernink finished 15th and 17th. All four of them have spent the last month practicing for this event, and we are so proud of them for being so brave and and taking on such an awesome challenge. More races to come for our steeple people!

Courtney Smith and Rebekah Oberlander continue their dominance in the high jump and pole vault, finishing first and second in their respective events. Courtney also matched her personal best of 5’0″ in the process. Congrats to both of their continued success!

4x200m squad with their gold medals

Our stellar 4x100m/4x200m relay squad of Daytona Crow, Anna Boone, Emma Wijsman, and Sy’nia Williams brought home some hardware in both events, taking first place in the 4x200m and 3rd in the 4x100m. They also updated their season’s best in the 4x200m to 1:49.56. This puts them at 9th in 4A state rankings. Congrats, ladies!

To the sprints, junior Joseph Talluto put up new PRs in the 100m (11.67) and 200m (23.93), finishing 7th and 5th in the events. Senior Emma Wijsman finished 6th in the 100m in a new PR of 13.11. Our hurdlers, freshman Toren Garcia and senior Kiera Hanson, both ran new PRs in the 300m hurdles. Toren finished 8th (44.51) and Kiera finished 7th (50.88). Awesome job to all continuing to grow as standout TEAM contributors.

In the women’s 1600m, Kate Yahn ran a 9 second personal best to improve her mark to 5:09.88 for a second place finish. This 1600m time places her at 1st in Kingco rankings and 6th in the 4A state rankings. In the frosh/soph 1600m race, freshman Alex Yahn was 7th overall (5:02.71) and improved his time by 11 seconds. The Yahns are dominating on the track! Freshman Connor Rickey tactically finished 7th in a near personal-best time of 4:33.92, continuing his impressive freshman track campaign.

Senior Joshua Delgadillo finished in 3rd in the 800m (2:02.97). With the 3200m following, senior Jerry Imai-Takemura broke 10 minutes for the first time, running 9:57.78. This was good for 7th place overall. Sophomore Jane Harig finished 5th in the women’s 3200m (11:40.78), a personal best by 22 seconds. Amazing performances to round out the distance events!

To wrap up the meet, the boy’s 4x400m of Greyson Pike, Connor Rickey, Joshua Delgadillo, and Caleb Murphy ran an epic race for 3rd place in their heat, 4th place overall. They finished with a new season’s best of 3:39.00. Ready to see more awesome performances like this one!

Issaquah will send a small contingent over the mountains on Saturday April 16th to the 59th Pasco Invitational. We are extremely excited to see more personal wins as the season continues! Fly Eagles, Fly!

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