TACOMA — Wenatchee’s boys finished off the track and field season with a handful of state champions and a second-place team finish Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Federal Way won the meet with 90 team points and Wenatchee was second with 51.
Isaiah Brandt-Sims was his usual dominant self despite a leg injury which gave him some discomfort. The junior cruised in the 100 meters with a winning time of 10.71 seconds and went on to win the 200 with a 21.48.
“He finished strong,” coach Bob Bullis said. “He ran a real easy 100, dominated that. In the 200, same thing.”
Brandt-Sims then went on to help the Panthers’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to fourth and third place finishes, respectively.
The 4x100, comprised of Chris Rodriguez, T.J. Harris, Spencer Smith and Brandt-Sims set school records in the preliminaries and in the finals. The group finished with a time of 42.43.
“They did just a great job,” Bullis said. “I think they’ve got a chance of really being dominant next year.”
Christie Adams finished her track career with a third-place finish in the 200 with a time of 25.43. It wasn’t a season-best run, but it was in line with expectations, Bullis said.
The Panthers had high expectations heading into the weekend. For the most part, everything went according to plan.
“There wasn’t really much that went wrong today,” Bullis said.
Eastmont jumper leaps into state title
Trenton Osborn’s final jump was more for show than anything else.
The senior squeezed out a narrow half-inch lead early on and managed to keep it intact until his final run.
“Right down to that second to last jump, you’re just holding your breath,” coach Gary Millard said.
By that point, the long jumper had already locked up a state championship, but it didn’t hurt to unload his best for last.
Osborn, who finished second in the long jump at state last year and clinched a district title with a 24-0 mark about one week ago, finished his career with a 23-0 and his first ever state title.
“(It was a) great way to finish out the career for sure,” Millard said.
Rebecca Tarbert also secured a place on the podium for the Wildcats.
The junior sprinter capped the season with a season-best 12.35 in the 100 to finish fourth.
It was her third time placing at state in the event.
“She’s real pleased,” Millard said. “It’s been a good ride for her.”
Eastmont had a steady supply of podium placers and the team met expectations, Millard said.
“Anytime you go to this meet, there’s so much pressure and so much desire to be successful,” he said. “Kids put a lot of emotion and the mental part of competing is difficult. I’m pleased. We certainly had a couple of disappointments, but overall I think the kids did a nice job.”
Jonathan Green had some fast finishes to put him on the podium Saturday. The Ephrata runner won the 100 with a 10.91 and finished second in the 400 with a 48.41 and second in the 200 with a 21.60.
The Tigers’ 4x100 finished second with a 42.82, and Jacob Laird finished third in the discus with a throw of 159-10.
Cashmere’s Angela Knishka won the girls 800 with a 2:15.49. Quincy’s Armando Tafoya won the boys shot put with a 52-1.75.
Okanogan’s Kara Staggs won the girls javelin with a throw of 134-6. Chelan’s Karle Pittsinger won the girls shot put with a mark of 42-00.5 on Friday.
Macen McLean capped off a stellar season Saturday with three state titles and three new state records.
The Mansfield standout won the long jump with a state record mark of 21-9 and followed that up by winning the high jump with a record-setting 6-7 score. He finished the day with a record-setting 44-10.5 triple jump.
Entiat’s Emily Wooldridge also made her mark Saturday by snagging first place and setting a state record in the 1600 with a 5:15.80.
Manson’s Alex Vanderholm won the discus with a 154-3.