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Second-place finish golden
LAKE STEVENS The Marysville girls track and field team won more individual events than any other team, taking top honors in eight of the 18 events, but lacked the second- and third-place finishes to take first overall when Lake Stevens hosted Marysville and Arlington March 21.
Despite decisive first-place finishes by Tomahawks in several events the girls 1,600-meter run, boys javelin and girls pole vault, among others neither the M-P boys nor girls track teams could overtake the host team, the girls placing second with 63 points overall to Lake Stevens 89 and Arlingtons 37. It was narrower on the boys side, but with the same result: Lake Stevens 69, Marysville 59 and Arlington 53.
M-P head coach Randy Davis said the meet was a great yardstick of the teams early performance.
We were ecstatic about our results. Lake Stevens is the defending district champion, Davis said. Arlington has some really strong athletes, so to be honest, we were really happy with our performance.
M-P distance runner Kaylee Kimell took an early lead in the first lap of the 1,600 and never looked back, taking first in the event with a time of 5:38.5, more than 12 seconds faster than Arlingtons Sophia Pinkins, the next runner to cross the finish line. Kimell and teammate Haley Nemra placed second and third respectively in the 800, Kimells 2:30.8 time was a mere second behind first-place finisher Sam Minor of Lake Stevens.
Sophomore Alex McDonald eclipsed second- and third-place Lake Stevens finishes in the 300-meter hurdles by nearly two seconds with a time of 49.6 and placed fourth in the 100 hurdles, notching six team points for the girls squad.
A rookie, Kenny York handily took the javelin gold for the Tomahawks, his 156-1 throw almost 10 feet better than the second-place finisher. M-P had several other notable finishes in the field events. Marysville showed it had the meets best pole vaulters that day as no female competitor came within two feet of Robin Muellers 10-3 leap, and Taylor Gibbons 11-6 jump proved good enough for first among the boys. Duane LaPeyri cleared 6-1 and teammate Brandon Green 5-10 in the high jump, finishing first and third in the event.
Yorks outstanding javelin result, in only his second competition, showed a lot of promise, Davis said, adding, He doesnt really know what hes doing yet. He just happens to have a gun for an arm.
All eyes were on the runners during the boys 4x100 relay as M-P took a close, thrilling win. Anchored by Josh Rayburn, the Tomahawk boys clocked in at 44.2, eking out the win from under the Lake Stevens team that cruised in .2 seconds behind. The third-place Arlington team would require another second and a half to cross the finish line behind the exhilarated Tomahawk team.
That was a great time, Davis said of the 4x100. We beat Lake Stevens. Thats one of the top times around.
Added sprinter Andy Abadam, who ran the relays second leg, It was incredible, because right now thats the fastest time around Wesco.
Rounding out the first-place finishes for Marysville were Nicholette Runions 13.2 sprint in the 100, Megan Crenshaws 1:04.3 finish in the 400, Alicia Odens 26.9 performance in the 200 to edge teammate Crenshaw in second, Jade Hansens 5-2 high jump and a 4:15.7 girls 4x400 relay.