APRIL 28, 1997
|Shawn Murphy, left, and
Brandon Roche, 800.
|Becky Weinz, left, after breaking|
school record, with Kerri Baker.
by Madeline Moore
The Woodinville track program is an unusually large one for a high school of its size. Under the guidance of coaches Bill McClement and Mike Mills, the girls and boys track teams involve 12% of the student body. The turnout can vary between 150-135 athletes.
Coach McClement's philosophy emphasizes respect and self-development in three areas: attitude, grades, and running, in that order.
The boys team is currently tied for third with Inglemoor in the Kingco standings after beating Sammamish and Juanita last week. Their top contenders made a sweep of their events: Garrett Kelly, 100 and 200; Ryan Leavengood, 400; Shawn Murphy, 800, and Mike Cady, 300h. The 4x100 and 4x400 relays teams placed first and Shaun McGrath took first in the high jump and Jeremy Tager in the long jump.
The girls team beat Sammamish, but lost by one to Juanita. Kingco leader Becky Weinz broke a school record, 2.20.8, while placing second in the 800. Other winners were Shannon Gingil, 1660; Kerri Baker, 3200; Mikki Gerken, 100h and 300h; Dee Behler, javelin; and Alice Woolman, high jump. The girls 4x100 relay team also placed first. Kingco season finals will be May 16 at Lake Washington.
At an invitational track meet in Oregon last weekend, the team placed 7th out of a field of 28. Murphy won the 800 meter and Weinz was 3rd in the 800. The girls 4x4 ran 4:09 and finished third. The boys finished second in the 4x4.