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Olson lone Northshore champion at state track meet

  • Written by Don Mann
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Chandler Olson
Woodinville junior long distance specialist Chandler Olson was the only Northshore athlete to bring

home a state title at the Class 4A state Track & Field championships at Mount Tahoma High School in

Tacoma.

And she did it by an eyelash on Thursday in the 3200 meter run, edging sophomore Jordan McPhee of

Mount Rainier by 1/100th of a second in a furious stretch run.

"She was leading all the way and then it seemed like she let up a little with about 10 meters and the

other girl kept coming," Woodinville coach Jed Sires said. "She definitely made it more exciting than it

needed to be."

Olson's time of 10:33.69 broke her personal record by a whopping 12 seconds, which Sires called

"phenomenal."

She had a solid chance to capture an extraordinary double by winning the1600 on Saturday but finished

fourth.

Any disappointment she felt paled in comparison to that of Falcon pole vaulter Austin Sodorff, the

defending state champion in the event who was the looking to repeat.

Yet the senior was tied at 15-6 by Jameson Shirley of Skyview, and lost on total number of misses--a

funky but necessary rule-- after both vaulters failed to clear 15-9 on three attempts.

"He was pretty disappointed but he tied his PR and came really close to beating it," Sires said. "The other

kid didn't vault any higher than he did, so that's a tough way to go."

Seven other Northshore athletes finished in the top-eight to stand on the podium and receive a medal.

On the boys' side, Inglemoor senior Sam Omondi PR'd in the triple jump at 43-03.25 to finish fourth.

Viking junior Michael Mendenhall PR'd in the 1600 at 4:14.04 to finish seventh. Teammate Dillon

Gongliewski, also a junior, PR'd in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing eighth.

Bothell junior Reed Mowery tied his PR at 13-0 in the pole vault to finish seventh. Cougar teammate

Morgunn Ewing finished seventh in javelin at 172-06.

On the girls' side, Inglemoor junior Kyra Burke placed eighth in the 3200, and Bothell senior Allie Hadley

finished eighth in the javelin.

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