With the recently completed track and field season now in the books, several Falcons made noteworthy achievements as they advanced to the State Championships held at Mount Tahoma High School May 29 through 31.
Representing Woodinville were the women’s 4x400 relay team (Emmy Billmaier, Karter Boice, Morgan Davis, Rachel Schenck) and pole vaulters Abby Webb and Makenna Barton.
“In the 4x400 relay, our girls placed ninth overall,” Woodinville coach Cody Vandermyn said. “They just missed making it to the finals. They ran a pretty good time. It wasn’t our best time, but they did all right. Karter Boice, she is a sophomore and was our anchor leg. All season long she got better and better, and at State she ran one of her best relay splits of the year, which was really cool.
“I think we were a little disappointed that we didn’t make the finals,” he said. “But the girls were happy that they even made it to State. Coming into the season, we weren’t sure as coaches how good we were going to be. I guess you never really know. But we graduated a lot of people last year and so we got a bunch of new people this year and it just worked out that we made it to State.”
As for the pole vaulters, Vandermyn was excited by the performances.
“Abby Webb broke an old school record,” Vandermyn said. “Lindsey Draper cleared 11’0” all the way back in 2000. Abby cleared 11’3” this year. I wasn’t there when it happened, but I saw the video of it later, and she was definitely excited!
“Makenna Barton also made it to State,” he said. “She is a ninth grader, and she was definitely the standout ninth grader this year. She tied for seventh in the State meet. She was also on our 4x200 and 4x100 relays, so she is pretty fast too. It’s fair to say that she came out of nowhere. I’m not sure how many ninth graders can do what she can do. Some people are naturally talented and Makenna is one of those people.”
The most satisfying moment this season, Vandermyn said, was at the District meet when the women’s 4x400 relay team won third place.
“They were so happy and excited, hugging each other. It was very satisfying to see them so happy,” he said. “They ran and gave it their best effort. You have to get at least fifth place to advance from Districts to State. Throughout the race we were going back and forth between third and fifth. We weren’t ever in first. But they really wanted to go to State, and they passed some people at the end and finished third. That was really cool.
“I enjoy seeing kids succeed and reaching their goals,” he said. “And after they reach their goals, to see them set new goals. It’s cool to see kids who may not even know their potential strive to reach that potential. That gives me satisfaction.”