SHORELINE — The Tomahawk boys and girls track team racked up 17 varsity event victories at Shoreline Stadium, defeating Monroe and host Shorewood in the season-opening meet March 19.
Seniors Alexandra McDonald and Jenna Welsh each won twice for the Tommies. McDonald’s closest rivals were teammates as she won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, edging fellow Tomahawks Kiely Cordon in the shorter event and Laina Weber in the longer. Welsh won the shot put with a throw of 29-8, besting the second-place finisher from Monroe by almost a foot. She also came out strong in the javelin, winning with a throw of 131-10, the only female competitor to break 100 feet. The mark was already on par with her best throws from last year, only surpassed by her silver-medal showing at state. She took second in the discus.
Many of the Tomahawks’ most seasoned competitors won an event at Shorewood. Junior Mark Pangilinan and senior Travis Sanderson won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles respectively. The younger hurdler also placed second in the 300 hurdles while Sanderson took third in the 110 hurdles. Junior Sarah Clark won the pole vault at 9-0, beating teammate Riley Taitingfong who took second at 8-0, and junior Cali Cull won the triple jump with a leap of 32-9. Senior Ryan Lanphere won the 800 and placed second in the mile while junior Alisha Oden won the 200.
The meet also revealed a few athletes who could help Marysville-Pilchuck thrive this season.
Freshman Emily Enberg won the high jump with a mark of 4-10 and was about three inches behind teammate Cull in the triple jump, placing second. Senior Ryan Isbelle returned to track after taking his junior year off, winning the high jump at 6-2 and taking second in the triple jump with a best jump of 37-3. Out for track for the first time, junior Zach Russell won the javelin with a throw of 141-9. Senior Kyle Werner won the pole vault on jumps, besting Shorewood’s Taylor Ramsden who also cleared 11-0.
The Tomahawks also had three winning relays. Cull, Oden and sophomore Dacia Heckendorf ran on both the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays, with freshman Summer Cull running the shorter race and McDonald the longer. Freshman Cody House and senior Charlie White joined Pangilinan and Sanderson on the winning 4×100 boys relay.
Marysville will get a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses when Lake Stevens hosts an all-comers league match March 23.