Northshore athletes headed to state

  • Written by Don Mann
Bothell’s Trent Sewell clutches his thigh while crossing the finish line first in the boys 4X100 meter relay at Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday. At right is Garfield celebrated basketball star Tony Wroten, Jr. Photo by Don Mann.
The Inglemoor girls finished atop the leader board at the Northwest Regional track meet at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville on Friday and the Vikings will send 13 athletes to the Class 4A Track & Field championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma starting May 26.

The Lady Vikings were led by Erin Allen, who doubled with wins in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, as well as Tansey Lystad, who captured the 1600 and 3200 meter run with personal records in both events.

The Bothell boys’ team finished second to Arlington, but suffered a big hit when junior Trent Sewell, the KingCo 400 meter leader and anchor on both top-ranked Cougar relay teams, pulled a hamstring while hitting the tape first in the 4X100.

His availability at state remains in question.

"I won’t say that he’s out for sure right now," Bothell coach Cathy Boyce said. "These are funny things with young kids and there’s always that possibility that he’ll be there but we’ll wait and see."

Woodinville will send three athletes to Tacoma: Melissa Gilkey in javelin, Chandler Olson in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and Austin Sodorff in pole vault. Gilkey and Olson set personal and school records in their events in Marysville, while Sodorff matched his PR of 15 feet.

"We’re sending just three but it’s a good three," Falcon track coach Jed Sires said. "They all have a good chance at standing on the podium."

Bothell’s Dylan Langston ran a personal best 10.84 in the 100 meter preliminaries, and then hit the tape first in the finals at 10.87. The senior also PR’d in the 200 meters, finishing second at 22.14 and is a threat to win both events at state.

"He’s amazing," Boyce said. "It’s his first year running track and if we get him some warm weather there’s no telling where this kid is gonna stop."

Inglemoor coach DJ Baddelly feels good about the Vikings’ chances, specifically the girls.

"We’re sending like 10 or 12 girls and that tells you about our depth," he said.

Regarding Lystad: "She’s strong. She’s healthy now after managing a foot issue and she’s running well. Very talented and mentally tough. She laid back a little bit during the season because of that foot, but she’s right where she wants to be right now and could win it all."

On Allen: "She’s done a nice job all year and just keeps getting faster. It’s all about the time.

"She’s prepared herself well — in the weight room in the offseason and preseason. She’s tough and definitely has the talent. But don’t forget about Becca Berge. Those kids are 1-2 in the state and at the state meet anything can happen."

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