The Issaquah High School track and field team started the season off extremely well with the first meet of the year at Skyline HS, with 2 second-place team finishes and 3 individual event wins at the Spartan Jamboree.
The 4x800m relay team of Hayden Stowe, Ben Lucas, Ellie Miller, and Braydon Staples started the day, with a 3rd place finish in a time of 9:00.02.
At the high jump pit, Issaquah claimed its first individual victory, where Carson Naehr took the high jump win with a new PR of 5’8″, a 2 inch improvement from last year. Sena Pittman claimed the Eagles first win on the track after turning in a time of 1:00.86 seconds to win the 400-meter dash, ranking her first in 4A state.
Courtney Smith also started her season with a 4’8″ high jump, placing her second, and Domfo Abekah placed second in the long jump with a leap of 15’2″, a new PR. Joe Talluto and Ethan Blazer finished second and third, respectively, in the 100m dash with times of 11.96 and 12.01. Connor Rickey and Brennen Rickey finished second and third in the 1600m run with times of 4:26.80 and 4:34.29, while Mary Jane Harig finished third in the girl’s 1600m in a near-best time of 5:18.78. Toren Garcia clocked a near-best effort of 16.75 in the 110m hurdles, good enough for second, and we saw Maxwell Knight run a PR of 56.27 in the 400m which earned him third overall.
Closing out the evening, Issaquah’s 4x400m stole the show, with the boy’s group of Toren Garcia, Connor Rickey, Greyson Pike, and Nicolas Talluto winning in a time of 3:36.91, which currently sits at third in 4A state rankings. Our girl’s squad of Daytona Crowe, Giada Oliva, Elena Gehrke, and Sena Pittman finished second in 4:45.30.
Issaquah secured the silver in the team standings, finishing 61-46 on the boy’s side to Skyline followed by Mercer Island and Seattle Prep, and 73.5-29.5 to the Skyline ladies, followed by Mercer Island and Seattle Prep.
Issaquah hosts Newport HS for the first regular season dual meet on Thursday March 23rd. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m. Fly Eagles, Fly!
Issaquah Eagles are returning home with some hardware! After an incredible season full of inspiring efforts, the “big dance” was upon us. The team raced on a tough course, coming away with 1 team title, 1 runner-up title, 7 all-state performances, and 14 powerful examples of running for something bigger than yourself!
Our girls team ran first, and ran out of their minds! Led by senior Katherine Yahn (5th, 18:43.1, All-State), who spent most of the race in third, made an incredible move into second with 1000 meters to go, really showing how incredibly tough and gritty she is as a runner. Our next runner, junior Jane Harig (8th, 18:51.2, All-State), pushed so hard to make the move into 8th with 2km to go, and fought the last portion of the race to finish with her first all-state performance. Junior Clara Tubbs (23rd, 19:37.5) moved up 8 spots over the final mile of the race, while sophomore Riley Eberhardt (46th, 20:08.6) and senior Julia Ryan (75th, 20:47.5) raced at their first state championship and did an amazing job. Our sixth and seventh runners, senior Anna Jensen (122nd, 21:46.9) and junior Giada Oliva (130th, 21:58.6) had amazing races to close the door for the team. As a team, our girls ran selflessly, all putting themselves out there to be the best they could for their teammates. When it came time to tally up team scores, both Tahoma HS and Issaquah totaled 116 points, finishing in a tie for the state championship. To break a tie in cross country, it goes to the placement of the sixth runner, where Tahoma’s #6 finished 53rd to Issaquah’s 122nd. This was an amazing cap to a monumental season, who over the course of the season built themselves into a championship-contending team, and this performance only reinforces the belief these athletes had in themselves and each other.
Onto our boy’s team, who all year has been slotted for collision with conference rival Eastlake High School for the state title. After splitting the Kingco and District titles, our plan was to come out and run the race we knew we were capable of, and boy did we ever! Led by sophomore Connor Rickey (8th, 16:16, All-State), senior Benjamin Konopka (10th, 16:22, All-State), junior Brennen Rickey (11th, 16:25, All-State), and senior Jonathan Liu (13th, 16:28, All-State) travelled as a pack throughout the race, all moving up multiple spots throughout the race. Followed closely by sophomore Elliot McIntosh (16th, 16:34, All-State) who moved up 11 spots over the last two miles. Our sixth and seventh runners, sophomores Alex Yahn (23rd, 16:41) and Henry Tait (59th, 17:09) moved up a total 9 spots in the last mile. The squad finished the race with an unheard of 5 boys on the podium and 5 boys earning All-State honors, something that only two teams in Washington state history have done. All totaled, our boy’s team put up a historic 58 points, which put us 43 points ahead of second place Eastlake, one of the largest point differentials in the state history. This is the first state championship in boy’s program history, previous best finishes as a team was runner up in both 2021 and 2002. This was an amazing end to an amazing season for this amazing team, and we are so excited to see how this young group can continue to grow and make the most of their talents!
Link to full results here. Photosby Ken Fischer are here.
Historically, only one head coach has had a boy’s and girl’s team win in the same year, so the near-perfect end to this season for head coach Liza Rickey was an incredible way to cap off an amazing year of developing these athletes. Cheers to a great 2022, we are looking forward to building the future for 2023!
In the first of our 3 post-season meets for our varsity squad, our TEAM showed that they are ready for the competition ahead. Overall, our athletes walked away with 13 personal bests, 8 All-Kingco individual performances, an individual runner-up finish, a second place team finish and a first place team finish.
Starting with our girls, who took care of business in a big way. Their squad was led by senior Kate Yahn (4th, 18:14.9, First Team All-Kingco) and junior Jane Harig (6th, 18:24.5, First Team All-Kingco) — along with junior Clara Tubbs (13th, 19:38.7, Second Team All-Kingco), sophomore Riley Eberhardt (15th, 19:43.8, PR), senior Julia Ryan (23rd, 20:15.6), senior Anna Jensen (36th, 20:38.5, Season’s Best), and junior Giada Oliva (43rd, 20:56.8, PR) — all of whom ran outstanding team races. In what was one of the closest Kingco Championships in many years, our Quah Girls won the Kingco team title with a score of 61 points to Eastlake’s 63- and Mount Si’s 64-point efforts. This is an incredible way to start the momentum of our post-season, and absolutely something for us to build on top of!
Onto our boys, who put up about as good a fight as they could have. Going up against #1 ranked Eastlake, our squad raced, and raced well. The Eagles were led by junior Brennen Rickey (2nd, 15:40.4, First Team All-Kingco), sophomore Connor Rickey (4th, 15:54.5, First Team All-Kingco, PR), senior Ben Konopka (6th, 15:55.8, First Team All-Kingco), sophomore Elliot McIntosh (8th, 16:05.8, Second Team All-Kingco, PR), senior Jonathan Liu (13th, 16:26.4, Second Team All-Kingco, Season’s Best) and sophomore Henry Tait (16:32.5, PR) — all running amazing races and finishing a close second place as a team to Eastlake (28-33). While a Kingco trophy didn’t return home with us for the boy’s team, this performance gives us an incredible point to take off from.
Links to full results are here, while links to photos taken by Ken Fischer are here.
Both of our teams qualified for the district meet, which will be held at Lakewood HS on October 29th.
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!