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York leads Tomahawks with silver at state
PASCO In the end, a rookie and two relays placed at state May 25-26 for Marysville-Pilchuck track.
The girls 4x400-meter relay, which coach Randy Davis called one of the fastest Ive seen, breezed through preliminaries on Friday and qualified for finals in 3:57.04. The time was among the squad and states fastest as Megan Crenshaw, Haley Nemra, Alisha Oden and Nicolette Runyan took second in their heat and third in qualifying competition.
In the next days finals, the team was dogged by small problems, including an opponent in the way of a handoff. Still, the girls made up for it, passing several challengers during the final legs, and pulled off a fourth-place finish in 4:00.94.
While impressive, a legacy of strong performance in the event left the girls seeming a little disappointed in their placement as well.
We expect better than fourth at state now, Nemra said after the race.
But Davis said he was far from disappointed in the teams performance.
We ran a 3:57 in prelims, which is a huge time, and a seven-second drop from last week, he said.
Davis added that the girls 4x400 finish is one in a series of M-P state appearances. The tradition has taken the physical form of an engraved baton, dubbed Legacy by the team, bearing the name of past 4x400 teams. Nemra brought it to the stage in a flute case when the team was honored Saturday night.
The boys 4x100-meter relay also made it out of preliminaries where it finished in a virtual tie with season-long rivals from Cascade in 43.15 and 43.13 respectively. The team of Andy Abadam, Duane LaPeyri, Jonathan Jorgensen and Josh Rabung placed sixth overall when the top eight teams met for the rematch Saturday afternoon.
Davis called their season the best ever for a Marysville boys 4x100 team.
Kenny York was the Tomahawks last finalist. Less than four months after taking up the javelin, York was named the states runner-up in the event. More remarkable is the fact the senior might have won it all.
I thought I had it in me (to win), he said, but my steps were off. The better guy won.
York added that he was motivated to be ranked only in the bottom of the second flight, his qualifying throw only eighth among his 4A competition. Yorks first mark in competition was 163-7. He beat that with his best throw of the day, 185-9. The mark was bested by eventual champion Aaron Mettler of Walla Walla with 186-7.
Later Mettler threw his winning throw, taking the event in 191-8.
Davis said it was possible York could have uncorked the winning throw.
His best javelin days are in front of him, Davis said. The javelin is such a technical event. The thing about Kenny is he probably had the best arm in the event.
Four state competitors took down school records this year.
Yorks personal best in the javelin, 186-11, exceeded the old record by more than 13 feet. The boys 4x100 relays district time of 42.99 will also go up on the walls.
Another was set this year by junior pole vaulter Michaela Caldwell, who jumped 10-9 at districts. Its a mark Davis said he hopes she and teammate Robin Mueller will break again next year. The jump qualified Caldwell for state, where she cleared 10-6 to take 14th place. It tied her with four other girls who were ranked higher for making 10-6 multiple times.
The fourth mark to fall this year was Runyans time in the 100. Runyans 12.67 at district qualified her for state where she took sixth in her heat. Although she failed to qualify for finals, her time there, 12.54, was a best in M-P history, Davis said.
Fellow sprinter Oden finished the 200 on Friday in 26.18, falling short of the event finals the next day.
Oden and Runyans third event, the girls 4x100 relay, took sixth in its preliminaries heat, their 50.54 time about a second and a half shy of a finals qualifying time. Crenshaw and freshman Cali Cull run the second and third legs of the event for M-P.
Senior LaPeyri competed in the high jump Saturday, taking 14th place with a mark of 6-0, shared by four other jumpers.