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MEET RECAP: 49th Sunfair Invitational

To many, Sunfair is a grueling behemoth of a course, but to Issaquah, it is an athlete-favorite that challenges our runners and creates team bonds. Our team rose to said challenge, recording an individual win, multiple team wins, and both varsity squads coming home with hardware and trophies.

Our freshman group started the day with a 2 mile course on the historic Franklin Park. Amelia Ryan (6th, 14:37) and Sailor Storey (9th, 15:30) led the way, along with Jaelyn Jeon (11th, 15:48, 2 mi PR), Rosemary Shimao (12th, 15:49), and Alexandra Clarke (17th, 17:13) also scoring for the Eagles. In the team scores, Issaquah scored 33 to Richland HS’s 39 points to finish first. To the frosh boys, where Nate Laursen (1st, 11:33) and Nicolas Talluto (2nd, 11:37) led the way, followed by Makoto Sasaki (5th, 11:43), Owen Kang (6th, 11:49), and Anay Dhamankar (7th, 11:51) to round out our scoring 5. The freshman boy’s crew scored a perfect 15 points over West Valley’s 64 points. Awesome showing by our newcomers!

Junior varsity girls were up next, who were led by sophomore Amanda George (7th, 22:37, 3 mi PR), junior Mackenzie Bice (13th, 23:24), sophomore Lorelai Beernink (18th, 23:58), junior Faith Dougherty (20th, 24:15), and junior Julianna Cullen (27th, 25:19). The girls ended up scoring 81 points for third place, behind Lincoln HS of Oregon (15 points) and Eagle HS of Idaho (80 points). With the junior varsity boys, senior Ty Lauritzen (3rd, 17:47, 3 mi PR) led the way, followed by senior Hayden Stowe (5th, 17:50, 3 mi PR, junior Elle Miller (8th, 17:57, 3 mi PR), junior Oscar Ruiz (9th, 17:57, 3 mi PR), and sophomore Robert Fischer (13th, 18:08) rounding out the scoring 5. In the team competition, the boys finished second in a close battle with Lincoln 33 to 38. A great showing by our developmental group!

On to our varsity girls, who raced as pairs in flights against their respective standing on the team (for example, numbers 6 and 7 race all other teams 6 and 7, and so on). First up was freshman Clara Michael (22:18, 3 mi PR), who was the second place #7 to cross the line. Senior Ellie Roberts (22:05) had an amazing showing representing us as our #6 runner, finishing fifth place in the standings. Junior Rachel Dennie (26:43) finished seventh in the races against #5s, and junior Giada Oliva (23:17, 3 mi PR) finished eighth against the #4s. Junior Clara Tubbs (20:28, 3 mi PR) and junior Jane Harig (19:43, 3 mi PR) both finished third against #3s and #2s, respectively, and senior Kate Yahn (18:47, 3 mi PR), who raced alone against all other team’s #1 runners, won the overall race and ran the fastest time of the day. The performances by these ladies was enough for them to finish third as a team, totaling 29 points, finishing behind Lincoln HS (9) and Eagle HS (18).

Our boy’s varsity also raced in the flighted format, where sophomores Alex Yahn (17:14, 3 mi PR) and Henry Tait (16:50, 3 mi PR) both finished second against #7s and #6s, respectively. Sophomore Elliot McIntosh (17:15, 3 mi PR) finished third amongst #5s, and senior Jonathan Liu (17:12) finished fifth against #4s. Senior Ben Konopka (16:30, 3 mi PR) was second for the #3s, and sophomore Connor Rickey (16:21, 3 mi PR) finished third against #2s. Brennen Rickey, racing as our #1 runner, finished seventh overall with a time of 16:16, an over 30 second improvement on Sunfair’s course from last year. The boy’s finished third, tying with Lewis and Clark HS for second, but losing on a tie breaker at 24 points. Lincoln HS (7) finished first in the team competition.

Full results are here. Photos by Eisenhower’s Ivan Alfaro are available here. Photos by Ken Fischer are here (will update once available).

Looking ahead, Issaquah travels north to Hole In the Wall, hosted by Lakewood High School of Arlington on October 8th. Frosh/Soph boys will be our first race of the day at 9AM.

Fly Eagles, Fly!

MEET RECAP: Issaquah, Newport, Woodinville @ Mt Si

In what shaped up to be Issaquah’s personal record day of the season thus far — tallying 102 out of 116 possible personal/season’s bests — the Eagles took on the Newport Knights, the Woodinville Falcons, and the Mt Si Wildcats at the South Fork Landing Disc Golf Course. Along with stellar team performances — winning 3 of the 3 possible team races — we also recorded 3 of 3 possible individual wins.

Starting with our varsity boys, where junior Brennen Rickey (1st, 15:36, PR), senior Ben Konopka (2nd, 15:48, PR), and sophomore Connor Rickey (3rd, 15:57, PR) all broke the 16-minute barrier for the first time. This is a huge step for our team and we are so excited for these three’s continued growth. Senior Jonathan Liu (5th, 16:35, SR) and sophomore Elliot McIntosh (6th, 16:36) completed our scoring 5. This group finished with a score of 17 to Mt Si’s 67.

Onto our girl’s squad, who raced 4A State 2nd-ranked Mt Si. Issaquah’s senior Kate Yahn (1st, 18:13, PR) and junior Jane Harig (2nd, 18:17, PR) led the charge while junior Clara Tubbs (7th, 19:27, PR), senior Julia Ryan (8th, 20:03, PR) and sophomore Riley Eberhardt (9th, 20:21, PR) closed the back door for our scoring 5. This effort by our girl’s squad was enough to beat Mt Si 27-28, enough to stir up some chatter for our ladies to get into the Elite race at Hole In The Wall next week (October 7). Great job by these ladies!

Our boy’s Junior Varsity group closed out the evening, where senior Hayden Stowe (1st, 17:28, PR) and junior Oscar Ruiz (2nd, 17:29, PR) worked together to new PRs, while sophomore Robert Fischer (3rd, 17:48, PR), senior Ryan Welsh (4th, 17:59, PR) and freshman Nate Laursen (5th, 18:01, PR) rounded out our scoring 5. Issaquah not only delivered a perfect score of 15 in this race, but also took the top 14 spots in this race — what could only be considered as a wall of yellow!

Links to full results here. Links to photographs by Ken Fischer here (will updated once available).

Coming up, Issaquah flies over the pass for the 49th rendition of the Historic Sunfair Invitational on Saturday, October 1st.

Fly Eagles, Fly!

MEET RECAP: Nike Portland XC/King’s Cross Invite

In our team’s first big invitational weekend of the season, Issaquah split our team between two meets — sending a squad to Nike Portland XC Invitational and another group to King’s Cross Invitational. Both groups were up against high level competition, and rose to meet the challenge.

The first event of the weekend was the Boy’s JV Danner Championship at Nike Portland, where 5 of our athletes raced. Led by sophomores Alex Yahn (16th, 17:17.2, PR) and Benjamin Lucas (17th, 17:17.8, PR), the team finished 3rd overall. Other scorers were juniors Elle Miller (24th, 17:29.2, PR), Oscar Ruiz (28th, 17:34.7, PR) and senior Hayden Stowe (31st, 17:47.0). All of these athletes placed in the top 50, earning them an individual medal — a little bit of extrinsic motivation to go with an amazing performance!

Next up was our Girl’s Varsity participating in the Danner Championship, going up against some of the top teams on the west coast. Led by senior Kate Yahn (16th, 18:22.3) and junior Jane Harig (47th, 18:56.9, PR), along with junior Clara Tubbs (83rd, 19:48.7, PR), senior Julia Ryan (134th, 20:45.4), and sophomore Riley Eberhardt (137th, 20:49.3, PR) rounding out the scoring five. Quah Girls finished as the 15th of 24 teams, along with being the 4th 4A team of the race. This was an awesome step in the right direction for this team and we look forward to seeing how the rest of the season plays out for this group!

The last race for the Eagles at Nike Portland was the Boy’s Varsity in the Danner Championship, going up against two nationally ranked teams and multiple top ranked teams in their states. Our boys rose to the challenge, finishing 7th overall as a team and the 1st Washington team. Led by junior Brennen Rickey (25th, 16:00.6, PR), sophomore Connor Rickey (26th, 16:01.0, PR), and senior Ben Konopka (29th, 16:04.8, PR), along with sophomore Elliot McIntosh (96th, 16:50.3) and senior Jonathan Liu (101st, 16:54.8) rounding out the scoring five. As we rapidly approach the post-season, it is awesome experience for these athletes to get to race fast competition — rising tides lift all boats!

Our crew at King’s Cross Invite also were met with stiff competition, but this group showed that they are equally prepared to step up to the challenge of racing — even with an intensely difficult course. Beginning with the JV Boy’s White race — freshman Josh Dayley (19:02.91, 3 mi PR) won the race, with sophomore Jieden Fenderson (5th, 20:04.41, 3 mi PR), freshman Kai Mitsuyama (6th, 20:07.81, 3 mi PR), senior Ben Dong (7th, 20:08.34, 3 mi PR), and freshman Ben Meier (10th, 20:17.40, 3 mi PR) rounding out the scoring 5. This group won the team race 28-92 over Orcas Island.

Our girls at King’s Cross also showed out — led by senior Ellie Roberts (6th, 21:58.29, 3 mi PR) and followed by freshman Amelia Ryan (11th, 23:13.13, 3 mi PR), sophomores Lorelai Beernink (14th, 23:23.95, 3 mi PR), Amanda George (18th, 24:02.70, 3 mi PR), and junior Mackenzie Bice (21st, 24:14.48, 3 mi PR) to round out the scoring 5. They finished 2nd to King’s HS 31-41 in a close team battle, and we are extremely proud of this group for representing our varsity at this meet so well!

The final are of the day was the Varsity Boy’s Red race at King’s Cross, led by sophomore Robert Fischer (10th, 17:54.30, 3 mi PR), along with senior Ryan Welsh (11th, 18:00.60, 3 mi PR), sophomore Toren Garcia (10th, 18:19.20, 3 mi PR), and freshmen Anay Dhamankar (21st, 18:48.50, 3 mi PR) and Nicolas Talluto (22nd, 18:55.00, 3 mi PR) rounded out our scoring 5. This group also finished 2nd to King’s 33-53. Developing the future of our team is looking extremely bright with performances like these!

With almost everyone on our team post either a new personal best, season’s best, or a near-personal best, it is evident that even through some of our toughest training, our athletes can put up amazing performances. Great job TEAM!

Links to the results for Nike Portland are here, while King’s Cross are here. Photos by Ken Fischer of Kings Cross are linked here, and a gallery of photos of Nike Portland are linked here.

Looking ahead, Mt. Si hosts us for a four-way meet that includes Newport and Woodinville on Wednesday September 28th. This meet is hosted at the South Fork Landing Disc Golf Course in North Bend — girls will race first at 4pm. Then on Saturday October 1st, our whole team will travel to Yakima for the historic 49th Sunfair Invitational at Franklin Park. 9th grade girls will race first beginning at 10am.

Fly Eagles, Fly!

MEET RECAP: Issy @ St Edwards

In what became somewhat of a Kingco Preview meet — where almost every school in our conference raced on the same course over a two day stretch — Issaquah reigned supreme in the first 5K race of the season. Up against Redmond, North Creek, Bothell, Woodinville, Mt Si, and Newport — Issaquah won 3 of the 4 contested races and notched 3 individual wins.

First race of the day was the varsity girls, led by senior Kate Yahn (18:21.79) who won the race over Bothell’s Lauren Hoyt. This was a near-best effort for Kate, which came at last year’s PNW Showcase in late-November — nearly PRing in September bodes well for what’s to come! Juniors Jane Harig (3rd, 19:34.53) and Clara Tubbs (6th, 20:08.16) came across next, while seniors Anna Jensen (11th, 21:06.97) and Julia Ryan (13th, 21:13.91) rounded out our scoring top 5. These incredible efforts from our girl’s team was enough to secure the overall team victory over Redmond 34-35, and securing the league meet victory over Woodinville and North Creek.

Next up were our varsity boys, led by senior Ben Konopka (16:06.46) who also won the race for Issaquah, finishing with junior teammate Brennen Rickey (2nd, 16:08.36) and ahead Redmond’s Zachary Leader. Not only is this Ben’s second individual cross country win (first dating back to October 15th, 2019), but it is also a 30-second PR from last fall AND the fastest 5Km time in 4A state rankings thus far — a testament to the hard work he and his teammates have put in over the summer! Rounding out our scoring 5 were sophomores Connor Rickey (4th, 16:28.95), Elliot McIntosh (5th, 16:36.58, PR), and Henry Tait (11th, 17:08.49, PR). This totaled to 23-53 over Redmond, sealing a dominate league performance in our first full-distance race of the season.

Onto our JV girls, who also raced incredibly well, led by junior Giada Oliva (2nd, 21:22.98), senior Ellie Roberts (4th, 22:00.59), freshman Amelia Ryan (8th, 22:47.34, PR), sophomore Ava Gonzalez (9th, 23:12.01, PR), and junior Mackenzie Bice (10th, 23:16.42). These tenacious ladies finished 2nd to Redmond’s squad 26-33, and we are so excited to see the continued development of this incredible group.

The evening of races concluded with our JV boys, whose performance can only be described as a “wall of yellow” — as the eagles secured 6 of the top 7 spots to secure a perfect score of 15 over Redmond’s 75 point effort. Senior Ty Lauritzen finished first (17:28.25) followed by sophomore Alex Yahn (17:29.55, PR), senior Hayden Stowe (17:41.36), junior Elle Miller (17:49.32, PR), and sophomore Ben Lucas (17:50.88, PR) to round out the scoring 5. This was an awesome effort by these athletes to set us up well for the future!

Full results from the meet are here. Photos by Ken Fischer are linked here.

Next week begins the next phase of our season, where we have invitationals each Saturday for 3 weekends. Issaquah will host Skyline September 21st at Yellow Lake (girls first at 4:30), and then we will split the team on Saturday the 24th, with a group attending Nike Portland XC at Blue Lake Regional Park (Championship races at 11:15am) and a group racing at Kings Cross Invite, hosted by Kings HS (races begin at 1pm).

Fly Eagles, Fly!

MEET RECAP: Issaquah, Redmond @ Eastlake

In an early meeting with a late season foe, Issy took on Redmond’s Mustangs and Eastlake’s Wolves for our first Kingco meeting of the season. Eastlake’s two-mile home course was the set the scene in the midst of some of our toughest training. During the race, we saw every single Eagle who raced put up a season’s best in the two mile distance — which we have now raced three times — as well as 2 individual victories across the three races.

Beginning with our girls, who raced an incredible strategic race, led by senior Kate Yahn (11:25.4), who finished in a 1-2 photo finish with Eastlake’s Sally Roos. Closely followed by junior Jane Harig (11:47.2), who unleashed a kick to pass 3 athletes over the closing meters of the race for 4th place. Also scoring for Issaquah was junior Clara Tubbs (11:58.7, 8th), senior Julia Ryan (12:41.9, 17th), and senior Anna Jensen (12:42.0, 18th). To note, freshman Kennedy Fullmer put up an incredible 11-minute personal best, running 19:33.1, an incredible showing of the true grit of our team. Issaquah ladies finished third amongst the teams, but exhibited many positives we look to capitalize on as the season progresses.

On to the varsity boys, who were led by sophomore Connor Rickey, who ran an incredible time of 9:21.8 for second place in the two mile distance. Tagging along was senior Ben Konopka (9:33.3) for 5th place and junior Brennen Rickey for 7th (9:45.8). Rounding out the top five were sophomores Elliot McIntosh (10:12.6, 11th) and Henry Tait (10:15.1, 12th) — both of whom unleashed monster kicks in the final meters of the race to catch multiple athletes. Issy boys finished second in the team standings to Eastlake (27-38), an amazing show of progress we look to capitalize on more as the season progresses.

Our JV contingent, led by senior Ryan Welsh (10:54.3, 1st), also showed enormous growth from the previous race to now. This race also saw our top freshman performer of the day, Anay Dhamanker, running a time of 10:55.7, which was good for 2nd overall in that race. rounding out the scoring 5 were senior Josh Goble (11:13.3, 4th), breakout race for sophomore Toren Garcia (11:15.3, 5th), and junior Ryan Heuchert (11:15.5, 6th). This put the team results for Issy’s junior varsity squad in the W column, scoring 18-49 over Redmond.

Link to results here. Link to Ken Fischer’s photo album here.

Issaquah will be going north to St. Edwards State Park on Wednesday, September 14th for our third official competition of the season. This will be our first full 5km of the season, where we will be racing Woodinville, Mt Si, Redmond, North Creek, and Newport, hosted by Bothell. Schedule will be as follows:

4:00 - Varsity Girls

4:25 - Varsity Boys

5:00 - JV Girls

5:30 - JV Boys (under 23:00)

6:00 - JV Boys (over 23:00)

Fly Eagles, Fly!

MEET RECAP: Kingco Jamboree

Issy Eagles flew north for our first competition of the year — the Kingco Jamboree. This also acts as a course preview for the Kingco Championships later this season, which will also be held at Marymoor Park in Redmond. This meet had athletes competing within and against their grade levels, where 8 races were held and scored as team races. Of those 8 races, Issaquah won 6 team scores, and had 2 individual wins, and bolstered the second fastest time on the boy’s side and the third and fourth fastest times on the girl’s side.

Beginning with our freshman girls, led by Clara Michael, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 13:45.2. Of note, Sailor Storey, who finished 9th in the race and 3rd for our freshman girls, took her 2 mile best time from 16:36 to 15:20 in just 5 days from our Issy 2 mile Time Trial, an amazing feat! Our freshman boys also raced like veterans, led by Nathaniel Laursen, finishing 3rd with a time of 12:05. Both of these teams took victories in their races, which was an awesome way to start the day and the season!

Sophomore girls, led by Georgia Short, who finished 3rd in her race with a time of 13:31.7, had all four girls participating in the race improve their season bests in the 2 mile distance. Our sophomore boys, led Connor Rickey, showed up in a big way. Connor finished 2nd in 10:23.8–the second fastest boy’s time of the day—and the boy’s won this race 17 points to 50 over Newport’s sophomore boys. Also in the race, Victor Soto, finishing 33rd, improved his 2 mile season best from 15:07 to 13:40 from the time trial on Saturday to the race on Thursday. An awesome showing of putting in hard work over the summer!

Junior girls, led by Jane Harig who finished 2nd in 12.44.9 (fourth fastest time of the day) won their contest over Mercer Island 24-33. Junior boys, led by Brennen Rickey, who won our first individual victory of the day in a time of 10:31 (third fastest boy’s time of the day), finished second only to Newport’s junior squad.

Our Senior girls, featuring the second individual win of the day by Kate Yahn in a time of 12:44.7 (third fastest time of the day), also featured Julia Ryan and Anna Jensen as the trio finished 1-2-3 to lead the group to scoring a perfect score of 15 points. Senior boys closed out the racing festivities, where Ben Konopka led the way with a 2nd place finish in 10:42.3, and winning the team contest over Mercer Island 35-44.

When races were combined to show how the team would perform as a whole, Issaquah Boys won 37-52 over Mercer Island, and Issy Girls won 33-63 over Mercer Island. This was an awesome way to start the season, and we are extremely eXCited for more racing opportunities!

Links to the results are here, and links to photographs of the event done by Ken Fischer are here.

Issaquah will travel to Beaver Lake Park on September 8th to compete against Redmond and Eastlake, where competition will begin at 4pm.

Fly Eagles, Fly!

SUMMER CROSS COUNTRY BEGINS 7/6!

Practices will begin July 6th at 9AM. Practices will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays primarily at Issaquah HS track, but other parks/venues may be used. Saturday long runs will also be held at a variety of trails in the areas surrounding Issaquah. Check the Strava group as well as your Final Forms communications for updates! We’re eXCited for a great season! Fly Eagles, Fly!

MEET RECAP: WIAA State Championships

Our season came to a conclusion this weekend, where 18 Eagles travelled to Mt Tahoma HS for the State Championship. Issaquah saw 4 trips to the podium (top 8) across 9 events and 4 total PRs. To note — this state championship is the first time this event has been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so for everyone but a few seniors who had electric freshman years in 2019, these are their first state championships!

The excitement started Thursday, where Domfo Abekah finished 14th overall with a leap of 31’0.75″ in the triple jump. This jump had Domfo outperforming her 16th seed by two spots, an incredible competitive response by a freshman at her first state meet!

The 4x200m prelims were next, where Daytona Crow, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman, and Sena Pittman had to either win their heat to make finals OR finish in the next six best times. These ladies put up a mark of 1:47.10, finishing 5th in their heat and 8th in the compiled results, earning them a spot in Saturday’s final.

Kate Yahn took to the track in the girl’s 1600m — where she was met with another tactile race. After three laps of jostling and shoving, Kate let her monster kick unless, moving her to 8th overall, good enough for a trip to the podium and a new PR of 5:01.07. Awesome job learning from last week and coming out on top!

The last event of the evening — the boy’s 4x400m prelims — featuring Greyson Pike, Connor Rickey, Joshua Delgadillo, and Caleb Murphy. These young men were able to post a season’s best 3:29.05 — improving their Kingco mark by over a second — worth 12th overall. The last spot into the finals (same qualifying format as the 4x200m) was 3:25.70 by Central Valley. Greyson Pike’s leg featured his first time splitting sub-52 seconds, running 51.5, and Caleb Murphy still unleashed his signature kick to pass two teams during his leg. Congrats to these boys on an incredible season of vast improvement!

To Friday, where Sy’nia Williams competed in the girl’s 100m and Rebekah Oberlander competed in the girl’s pole vault. Sy’nia flew to a 13.18 in her race, finishing 7th in her heat and 14th overall. Rebekah, who was competing with rain and wind during the vault competition, finished with 11th overall with a jump of 9’6″. Both of these athletes outpaced their seed, proving their competitive response to be on fire during these championships. Congrats to both these senior girls!

Finishing off on Saturday, we turn to the 4x200m finals, where the group of Daytona Crow, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman, and Sena Pittman again cut time off their season best, running 1:46.49 and finishing 8th overall. This earned them a trip to the podium! Awesome job to these girls representing all the hard work our sprinters did this season.

To the throws, where Mercedes Tinder competed in the girl’s shotput. Her throw of 30’6.25″ was good for 14th overall, an awesome way to cap off an amazing throwing career for our senor. We are so proud of you!

Courtney Smith took on the high jump, where she ended up finishing in 8th with a jump of 4’10”, with some awesome attempts at 5’0″ in . This earned her a trip to the podium! Courtney is also competing next week in the heptathlon at the Washington State Combined Events Championship, which will showcase skill, speed, and endurance across the seven disciplines that make up the hept. Congrats on such an incredible season, Courtney!

Issaquah’s state championship came to a close with the girl’s 3200m, where Kate Yahn finished 5th overall with a 17-second PR (after a 10-second PR last week) of 10:43.27. Kate stuck on the chase pack for 7 laps and unleashed a finishing kick, passing 4 girls in the last lap and earning 5th place. Incredible job on two trips to the podium by her, and we look forward to next year!

All and all, the Issaquah Eagles track and field team put up incredible performances over the three day state championship. Full results are here.

MEET Recap: WesKing Bi District Meet

Flying north to Lake Stevens HS, 35 Eagles competed in 26 events. At the district meet, we saw 18 total podium (top 8) finishes in 15 different events, 9 PRs, 18 of which qualified for the state meet (top 5).

Our first state berth came with the girl’s 4x200m relay, featuring Trinity Cress, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman, and Sena Pittman. These four flew around the track at a breakneck speed, finishing 3rd, improving their season best mark to 1:46.73, a .6 second improvement from last week’s Kingco championship. An amazing job by these girls!

Following the 4x200m excitement, the 1600m was next, where we saw Kate Yahn throw down an impressive 5:04.61, good for 7th place overall. This race featured jostling, pushing, shoving–proving that even distance running can be a contact sport. Kate’s performance earned her a spot in the state meet, as other athletes scratched from the state meet following the conclusion of the meet.

Senior Sy’nia Williams continued the state buzz, as she competed in the girl’s 100m. Sy’nia finished 5th, which a blistering new PR of 12.96. This was Sy’nia’s first time breaking 13 in the 100m, an incredible feat, and at the ideal time — earning her a spot in next week’s state meet.

The first day of the district meet wrapped up with the conclusion of the women’s pole vault, where Rebekah Oberlander finished 6th with a jump of 9’6″. This was also worth a trip to the state meet. Congrats to Becky!

Day 2 continued with Eagles qualifying for state, as freshman phenom Domfo Abekah cleared 31’10.5″ in the triple jump, good enough for 5th overall. This season is an incredibly impressive start to what we’re sure will be an amazing leaping career for Domfo!

To the girl’s shotput, where senior Mercedes Tinder’s throw of 34’2.25″ earned her a 2nd place finish, securing her trip to the state meet. This was a near-best throw for Mercedes, and was a great way to cap off her season and give her another week of competition!

Courtney Smith rode the wave of the Eagle’s success in the field events, where she was able to high jump 4’10”, good enough for 4th overall. Solid attempts at 5’0″, this sets her up well for the state meet.

The girl’s 3200m took to the track, where Kate Yahn (11:00.20, PR) and Jane Harig (11:13.25) finished 5th and 6th, earning Kate the trip to state and Jane as an alternate. Regarding Jane’s performance–over the last 11 calendar months, she has taken 1 minute and 45 seconds off of her 3200m time, and this race was a battle from start to finish for her, picking off 4 athletes over the last 4 laps. An incredible showing for our distance girls!

The final event of the meet–the 4x400m–brought on one of the craziest meet atmospheres I have ever been a part of. As the starter raised his pistol, the ENTIRE stadium fell dead silent, and subsequently erupted into cheers as the race started. This element did not phase our boys, where Greyson Pike, Connor Rickey, Joshua Delgadillo, and Caleb Murphy finished 5th overall, earning the sole state berth for our young boy’s team. Notably from this race, Caleb Murphy–our anchor–had to pass 2 teams to get us to fifth place, but seemingly no lead is too much for him, as he split a new best 51.3 to earn us a trip to Mt Tahoma HS.

Full results are linked here.

Additional Eagles that placed at the District Meet:

Connor Rickey: 8th in the 800m (2:01.24)

Jerald Imai Takemura: 7th in the 3200m (9:45.09), PR (to note: both Brennen Rickey [9th, 9:47.96] and Benjamin Konopka [10th, 9:49.31] also PR’d in this race)

Toren Garcia: 13th in the 110mH (16.60, Frosh Class Record), PR

Emma Wijsman: 8th in the 100m (13.21)

Sena Pittman: 7th in the 200m (27.13)

Kiera Hanson: 8th in the 300mh (50.30)

4x100m: Anna Boone, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman, Daytona Crow finished 6th (50.98)

Mercedes Tinder: 8th in the Javelin

Issaquah will travel south 5/26-28 for the culminating event of our season–the WIAA State Championships–held at Mt Tahoma HS.

MEET RECAP: KingCo Championships

3 nights of blood (literally), sweat (lots), and tears (mostly by Coach Brookshire and Coach Mike) yielded a harvest of 31 individual athletes and 5 relay teams making it to the district meet, 29 total PRs, 14 medal-winning performances, and 1 individual event victory.

Carson Naehr, High Jump

Wednesday’s meet began with a huge performance by freshman Carson Naehr in the men’s high jump. Carson began the day seeded 16th at 5’6″, and ended up finishing 8th overall and securing our team’s first berth to the district championship. Competitive response is real — and it is absolutely amazing to see our freshman perform so well! Following the men’s high jump was the women’s high jump, where Courtney Smith won the event with her 5’0″ leap, and freshman Liliana Meissner finished 5th with 4’6″, both qualifying for districts. Congrats to all our floppers getting over higher bars!

4x200m Relay Squad

Onto the women’s 4x200m relay, where Trinity Cress, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman, and Sena Pittman threw down a new season’s best of 1:47.43 to finish 3rd overall and make the district meet line up. Our milers were next, with Connor and Brennen Rickey first running in the boy’s race. Connor ended up finishing 4th overall — rebreaking his own freshman record — in 4:24.52, and Brennen ran to an 11th overall finish in 4:32.15, both making the district lineup. Kate Yahn took on the girl’s 1600m, finishing 8th overall with a 5:06.53 and making the cut for the next week. An amazing showing for our Wednesday crew, setting us up for more success as we move forward!

Sebastian Powers (2nd) and Toren Garcia (5th), 110m hurdles

While Wednesday brought sun, Thursday brought a familiar rain. After making the finals in the 110m hurdles on Wednesday, Sebastian Powers and Toren Garcia started our Thursday off strong finishing 2nd (16.62) and 5th (17.14) overall — finishing in the top 6 and automatically making it to the district meet. Our 100m girls took to the track next, where Sy’nia Williams and Emma Wijsman finished 3rd and 4th, respectively, both with shiny new PRs of 13.12 and 13.08 (run in prelims on Wednesday).

Domfo Abekah, Triple Jump

On the field side of things, we saw freshman jumping phenom Domfo Abekah take 3rd overall in the triple jump (32’7″), which was a 5″ PR over the mark set two weeks ago. Senior Mercedes Tinder took on the women’s shotput, finishing 2nd overall with a throw of 33’11”. Both of these athletes finished atop the podium, congrats to both!

To start Friday’s finals, we began with the women’s pole vault, where Rebekah Oberlander punched her ticket to districts with a vault of 9’6″ to finish 5th. On the men’s side, Dexter Zablocki blew his PR out of the water, finishing 3rd with a newly minted PR of 11’6″. In the women’s javelin, Mercedes Tinder finished 3rd and advanced to districts, while both KJ Strunk (3rd, 151’8″) and Wyatt Chollman (10th, 139’2″, PR) threw to qualify for districts. An awesome showing for our pole vault and javelin crews to start the day off strong!

Our boy’s 4x100m relay of Ethan Blazer, Joseph Talluto, Ian Campbell, and Tanner Geraci finished 7th overall with a time of 45.31, advancing to the district championship, while our girl’s team of Anna Boone, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman, and Daytona Crowe matched their earlier 4x200m performance with another 3rd place finish, this time in 50.97. In the 300m hurdles, Toren Garcia finished 2nd in a time of 43.62, just off his PR he set during the prelim of the event on Thursday (43.02). Senior Kiera Hanson also medaled in the 300m hurdles, finishing 3rd with a PR (49.39). Joining Kiera at the district meet will be senior Anna Boone, who finished 10th overall in 51.66.

Kate Yahn competing in the 1600m

To the men’s 800m, where Caleb Murphy shattered his old PR of 2:00.53 with a blazing 1:57.88 to finish 7th overall and make it to districts. A frequently mentioned name in this blog post, Sy’nia Williams and Sena Pittman both stormed to 3rd and 5th place finishes in the 200m final, both locking down their districts trip. Then came the men’s and women’s 3200m, where Brennen Rickey (6th – 9:55.49, PR), Benjamin Konopka (7th – 9:58.20. PR), and Jerald Imai-Takemura (8th – 10:02.77) all secured spots to districts, while Kate Yahn (5th, 11:03.02, PR), Jane Harig (11:07.89, PR), and Liv Jensen (11th, 11:34.38, PR) will join them.

Final two events of the night were the men’s and women’s 4x400m. On the men’s side, Greyson Pike, Connor Rickey, Josh Delgadillo, and Caleb Murphy threw down a 6 second season’s best, running 3:30.51, all of them achieving personal bests for their relay split. This blazing time was good for 3rd overall, and is 9th ranked time in 4A state — this bodes extremely well for next week’s district championship. The women’s team of Sena Pittman, Daytona Crowe, Sophia Mydlil, and Anna Boone also improved the season’s best by 7 seconds, running 4:16.76, good for 5th overall.

As the team scores were totaled, the men’s team finished 7th and the women’s team finished 4th. All complete results can be found here.

Looking ahead to next week, the Issaquah Eagles will be travelling north to Lake Stevens HS both Wednesday 5/18 (field events begin at 5, track at 6) and Friday 5/20 (field events begin at 5:30, track at 6:30) to compete in the WesKing Bi-District state qualifier. From that meet, the top 5 athletes in each event will be advanced to the state meet (5/26-28), as well as anyone who hits the autoqualifying mark in the meet’s competition.

It was all around an amazing meet for all of our athletes, and we are very excited to see some more incredible performances next week! Until then, Fly Eagles, Fly!