City track meet a record-setter
August 28, 2008 · Updated 12:22 PM
MARYSVILLE The citys third-ever all-comers track meet on July 26 saw a big boost in the number of its older competitors, attracting more high school- and college-aged athletes.
So, despite a nearly identical turnout figure to the previous week, the event at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School track is piquing the curiosity of local athletes.
With the infusion of new blood, city records were set all over the place.
Jessey Lian set a high jump record in the 13- to 14-year-old age group with a 3-10 high jump, while experienced high school trackers Andy Abadam and Duane LaPeyri set records in the event in their age groups as well with 5-4 and 5-8 jumps respectively.
In the 19- to 29-year-old category, Matt Sarton won three events in city record times. In 19.25, Sarton seized the 110-hurdles from competitor Joey Jubie. His 1:08 400-meter dash time and 5:32 mile were winners as well.
Madeline Grandbois, 5, led the pack of about six or seven 5- and 6-year-olds in the girls 50, winning in record time. Grandbois 10.56 finish is even faster than the boys record in her age group, held by Kaeden Flynn in 11.31.
Seven-year-old Cooper Cummings, who competed with his brother Cordell in events including the softball throw, set a record time in the 100 with 20.16. He also holds his age groups long jump title at 7-1. Coopers brother Cordell had stiffer competition for the titles, with many records already held by Tyler McDonald and Diego Strode. Still, Cordells 1:44 400 time earned his place in the annals of Marysville track history.
At the finish line, city parks coordinator Kayla Flynn handed out ribbons as she informed runners of their times and any records they might have set. After the meet, her colleague and event coordinator Dave Hall explained the city had many records up for grabs with just two meets under their belt.
I think there was a lot of that because there were a lot of those age groups that we hadnt had, Hall said, adding that best times will carry into next summers competition. So almost everyone who ran set a record.
But while many records remain unfilled the entire 30- to 39-year-old division is mysteriously unclaimed the competition is stiff in the under-18 crowd.