As rain pours down, Falcon track boys come up big

  • Written by Don Mann
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Left to right: Woodinville’s Micah Rubart, Josh Monroe and Andrew Nicholas finished the 110-meter hurdles victorious in a triple dead heat. Staff Photo/Don Mann.
Record rainfall and a track meet are never a good mix, but the Woodinville boys  — those who participated — shrugged off the elements to dominate the Northshore meet with 93 team points at WHS on Thursday.

Inglemoor and Bothell boys notched 51 and 43, respectively.

The Viking girls dominated the other side of the meet.

Several of the top performers did not participate, nursing minor injuries and having already qualified for the KingCo championships which begin this Thursday at Juanita High School.

Falcon boys won 10 of 15 events, and ninth-year head coach Jed Sires was happy to report it was the first time they won the Northshore meet since 1996.

“Our boys’ team is strong this year,” Sires said. “A lotta boys PR’d (set a personal record) today. They really got after it — especially in that bad weather — and it was fun to watch.”

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Alek Kaczmarcik, left, takes the baton from Wesley Love in the second leg of the 4X100 meter relay, which the Falcons won in a season-best time. Staff Photo/Don Mann
He was particularly pleased with the rainy-day efforts of his 4X100 relay team, made up of Wesley Love, Alek Kacmarcik, Nikko Llera and Michael Goodsell, which PR’d in 43.6 seconds in poor conditions as it defeated an outstanding Bothell unit in a thriller at the wire. “That finish was fabulous,” Sires said. “I can’t remember the last time we beat those guys in a relay.”


Sires also praised Conner Kummerlowe who PR’d in the 800 meters at 2:02.2 while beating Inglemoor’s Michael Chunn and Dillon Sylte by an eyelash.

“He’s a great kid who works hard and he ran a great race today,” Sires said.

Kummerlowe finished his day running leadoff in the 4X400 relay (with Goodsell, Llera and Love) which the Falcons also PR’d at 3:31.3.

Llera finished second to Bothell’s Danny Wilson in the 100 meters, then turned back the Cougars’ Nick Anthony and teammate Goodsell in the 200 with a PR of 22.3.

Love took the 400 meters handily at 51.1. The Falcon triumvirate of Micah Rubart, Josh Monroe and Andrew Nicholas tied for first in the 110 meter hurdles at 16.9 – all personal records.

Kurtis Max, the Falcons’ top dog in the event, was nursing a hamstring.

Jake Hollister doubled in the shot put and discus at 45’7” and 135’2”, Jadin Peerson took the javelin at 163’5” — a PR, and Goodsell tied Bothell’s Derek Pedersen in the high jump at 5’8”.

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Bothell’s Danny Wilson nips Woodinville’s Nikko Llera at the wire in the 100 meter dash. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Reigning state champion pole vaulter Austin Sodorff — who set a school record at 15’6” earlier this season, managed a 14’6” under soggy skies with slippery footing.

He remains the obvious favorite heading to the KingCo meet.

Other Northshore favorites include Wilson in the 100 and the long jump, and Bothell’s Morgunn Ewing and Inglemoor’s Dillon Gongliewski in the javelin.

On the girls’ side, Inglemoor’s Kyra Burke should double in the 1600 and 3200 — and is a threat in the 800.

Bothell’s Allie Hadley is untouchable at javelin, having already posted the state’s highest number this season at 140’4”.

The top eight finishers in each event will move on to districts at Marysville-Pilchuk the following week.

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