MEET RECAP: 2023 Kingco Championships

The Kingco Championships was contested Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th at Renton Memorial Stadium. Enduring the heat, 65 Issaquah Eagles qualified for the meet, and ended up finishing 3rd for the girls team and 4th for the boys team. Along with the team success, we secured 4 individual Kingco championships, 38 athletes scoring at the meet, 45 PRs, and lots of fun in the sun! Detailed below are all top-3 performances.

Our first top 3 performance came from the girls 4x200m of Daytona Crow, Shanthi Hall, Domfo Abekah, and Sena Pittman. These girls ran a 1:45.66 for 3rd place overall, which is a seasons best for these ladies. Sophomore Toren Garcia started his weekend with a 3rd place finish in the 110m hurdles, with a new PR of 16.07. Senior Shanthi Hall went on to win the 100m hurdles, with a new seasons best of 15.59. Our boy’s 1600m was a see of gold, as 6 athletes ran, led by Connor Rickey who finished 2nd overall with a near-best effort of 4:20.13. Sophomore Carson Naehr was our second individual Kingco champion of the meet, winning the boy’s high jump with a leap of 6’0″. Finally, Sena Pittman ended Friday evening with a huge PR in the 400m, running 58.07, which ranks 5th all time for Issaquah HS and puts her at 5th in the 4A state rankings.

Saturday successes started with the girl’s high jump, where senior Courtney Smith secured her second straight Kingco title in the girl’s high jump, matching her personal best of 5’0″ for the win. At the boy’s triple jump, Ben LaFramboise finished 3rd overall with a hop, skip, and a jump of 40’11.25″, and in girl’s triple, sophomore Domfo Abekah finished 2nd overall with a mark of 33’7″. Back to the track, Issaquah’s winning ways continued with the 300m hurdles, where sophomore Toren Garcia won the event with a new PR of 40.42. In the girl’s 300m hurdles, senior Sophia Mydlil finished 3rd with a PR of 48.27. In the 800m, where we had 5 boys and 5 girls in both events, Connor Rickey finished 2nd overall in a new PR of 1:55.58 and Sena Pittman finished 3rd in 2:15.73. To follow up an amazing performance shortly after the 800m, Sena Pittman finished 2nd in the 200m, running a 25.80. To wrap up the evening, junior Mary Jane Harig finished 2nd in a tactical 3200m, with a time of 11:18.72. Our final event was the 4x400m, where the boys team of Greyson Pike, Elijah Miller, Toren Garcia, and Nicolas Talluto finished in a photo finish to Eastlake, running 3:29.88 for 2nd.

There are so many amazing performances, PRs, and inspirational moments from the meet to highlight, but the results will have to speak for themselves. Those are linked here.

Issaquah High School returns to Renton Memorial Stadium for the District I/II championships, set for Wednesday the 17th and Saturday the 21st. Top 4 from each event will qualify for the 4A State Championship in Tacoma the following week. Events on Wednesday will begin at 2pm, and on Saturday at 10am. Fly Eagles, Fly!

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