Olympia area athletes shine on day three of state track and field competition
When Ethan Coleman crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon, he was far enough ahead of everyone else that no one else in the field had even made it past the final corner at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
All Coleman needed to see was the digital clock counting upwards as he increased his speed even after covering most of the 3,200 meters he needed to cover to claim his second title of the weekend. end at the 2A/3A/4A WIAA State Meeting. This clock provided another motivation.
Coleman raced well ahead of the field to set a new 4A meet record in the 3,200 of 8 minutes, 49.00 seconds. It broke one of the oldest records still in circulation, the 8:50.65 set by Chris Lewis of Mead in 1989.
“It feels good,” said Coleman, who will run for Notre Dame next fall. “My last distance race in this Olympia jersey, and I’ve put so much time and energy into this program, and I’m working on it. And finally, with the state track championship coming back, it’s a good feeling.
Coleman wasn’t the only area athlete to turn the 3,200m into a Saturday highlight.
Earlier in the day, Shelton’s Alauna Carstens was not far ahead of her competition in the 2A 3,200 Girls. But in Carstens’ case, being pushed sent her to her own competitive record in the event.
Carstens ran the 3,200 in 10:44.46, breaking Bellingham’s Annika Reiss record of 10:47.77, set the last time the state meet was held in 2019. Three years later, thanks to the pandemic With Covid-19 shutting down the Spring State Tournaments for 2020 and 2021, Ellensburg’s Carstens and runner-up Kate Laurent both fell below the previous record, with Laurent posting a 10:46.23.
“It’s my first year at State for Track, and it really feels amazing,” said Carstens, who added the 3,200m title to his 1,600m championship on Thursday. “Thursday night, I just couldn’t fall asleep. All that excitement was like filtering. It’s just crazy because the 2 mile hasn’t been like my main event for very long, so the fact that I can come here and just throw everything I’ve got is pretty cool.
TUMWATER, CAPITAL GIRLS WIN TEAM TITLES
The women’s team also won two Thurston County tag team titles this weekend. In the 2A tiers, Tumwater beat runner-up Bellingham, 78-51.
“I feel like we just have to be confident in our abilities in our individual races,” said Tumwater’s Annabelle Clapp. “Then make him pull himself together at the end.”
Clapp helped things by running legs on the 4×100 winner and 4×400 third-place relays, and added a second-place finish in the 400 meters on Saturday. In 3A, the Capital Cougars won the 4×200 relay on Saturday and secured a second individual title of the weekend from Amanda Moll – a 17-8 long jump winner – to beat second-place Kelso, 54-44.
Moll added the surprise long jump title to her record-breaking pole vault performance on Friday, and also ran a stage alongside her sister Hana in the winning 4×100 relay team, capping off a great weekend for them and the Cougars.
“The best I could ask for,” Hana Moll said. “I think it was just a solid finish.”
Coleman, Carstens and Moll weren’t the only locals to win individual titles on Saturday.
Olympia’s Connor Johnson was involved in the competition’s closest finish in the boys’ 4A 400m final. When he and Trayce Hanks of Lake Stevens reached the line, the scoreboard showed a tie at 48.84 seconds for both runners.
“I wasn’t entirely sure,” Johnson said. “But someone at the finish line said they were going to go down to 1,000th.”
This review showed that the title belonged to the bears, 48.831 seconds to 48.835.
A few hours earlier, Yelm’s Trevontay Smith stood on the top step of the podium to accept his championship medal in the boys’ 3A triple jump. The Tornado surged 44-5.25, beating Hazen’s second Troy Roberson by less than an inch (44-4.5).
“I came in knowing there were good jumpers out there,” Smith said. “And I was a bit behind the board for a lot of the jumps. But it went well. »
Smith’s 10 points for the win put the Yelm boys in contention for the tag team title. Ultimately, the championship went to Walla Walla and his 66 team points, while Yelm and his 54 points finished third behind the Blue Devils and Arlington’s 57.
Meanwhile, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Rainier High School won the Class 2B title.