Northshore athletes win at state track & field meet

  • Written by Don Mann
Austin Sodorff won a state title in pole vault. Photo by Don Mann.
All three Northshore schools were represented big-time at the Class 4A State Track & Field meet at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Saturday.

One Falcon, one Viking and four Cougs stood tall on the champions’ podium — though the Viking girl did it twice. Inglemoor senior Tansey Lystad doubled in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, capping off a year in which she also notched the cross country title in the fall.

"I just feel so blessed," she said. "This was a rocky season, starting with a foot injury. I hurt it again at the KingCo meet and wasn’t sure I would even run at state. But I recuperated and, wow, it all came together this weekend."

That it did, as she smoked the field in the 3200 with a personal record of 10:28.92 Thursday, and PR’d again Saturday when she separated from the pack after one lap in the 1600 — both school records.

"I’m not much of a kicker so I knew I had to get out early to win," she said. "I had great competitors who pushed me to achieve my best, especially Chandler (Olson)."

Olson, a Woodinville sophomore, won the battle for second place with a big finish to run her personal best in the 1600 and break the school record she already set — and we’ll be hearing more from her in the future.

Earlier in the day, in a funky deal, Falcon junior pole vaulter Austin Sodorff earned a state title — on misses, not makes.

Sodorff and Marcus Schooley of A.C. Davis emerged as the top two in the event — rescheduled for Saturday morning because of rain and hazardous conditions on Friday, but each missed both final attempts at 15 feet. It came down to a ruling where judges refer to previous attempts. Sodorff hadn’t missed one until 15, and Schooley missed one at 14’ 3 — talk about anticlimactic. Sodorff didn’t even know he was a state champ until five minutes after the event was done and they gathered up the poles.

"That was kinda bittersweet, if that’s the right word," he said. "I wanted to go to a jump-off; that woulda been more fair. I had no idea of that rule."

Nevertheless, he was a state champion. Had he been told he’d stand on the state podium’s perch at the start of the season — a season he began anonymously with a personal best of merely 10 feet — what would he have thought?

Tansey Lystad was lights out in the 1600. Photo by Don Mann.
"I woulda laughed in your face," he said, laughing in mine. He may get the last laugh next year, having improved by five feet in one season and the sky’s the limit, according to pole vault coach Andrew Storey.

The fourth-year Woodinville assistant has now produced back-to-back state champions.

"It’s not about the coaching; it’s all about the athlete," he said.

"I’ve been fortunate to have a couple guys with tremendous passion, kids who want to be great and have that drive. Like I said, Austin’s come so far and next year he has a chance to be crazy, 16 (feet) easy, maybe 17 if he keeps working."

Not sure any Northshore athlete worked any harder so long than Bothell’s Luke Proulx, who finally won a state title after some big sips at the fountain with Blue Train football. The Army-bound senior ran the first leg of Bothell’s winning 4X 100 relay team which set a state-season record at 42.18. Bothell’s handoffs were immaculate.

Moreover, the win was accomplished with Dylan Langston subbing for regular anchor Trent Sewell, who was out with a hamstring, and Luke was overjoyed with the result and the first one to hug teammates Nick Anthony and Will McIntyre.

"It’s a great way to go out," he said. "It’s the last competitive high school atmosphere I’ll ever experience and it’s awesome — a tribute to our coaches and my teammates. A state championship ... finally ... school record, too ... Yeah, baby!" 

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