Highline wins 1,600 relay, McPhee the 1,600 run at state
The 1,600 meter events were the right distances for high Highline school district finishes in state track and field action held May 24-26 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Highline High School won the girls Class 3A 1,600-meter relay and Jordan McPhee of Mount Rainier took the girls 4A 1,600-meter run.
Breanna Brookbank, Whitney Diggs, Colleen Pacholski and Tracey Stolz combined to win the 1,600 relay for the Pirates in a time of 3 minutes, 15.17 seconds and McPhee posted a time of 5:01.27 in winning the 1,600-meter run.
McPhee also came through with a solid second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:33.70 for the Rams of Des Moines.
Yen Hoang took first in the 3,200-meter wheelchair race in 12:53.35 for Foster in the 2A boys portion of the meet and came in second in the 1,600 wheelchair race in 5:56.93. Bulldogs wheelchair teammate Olivia Williams was third for the Foster girls with a time of 2:15.64 in the mixed 400-meter wheelchair race.
Raheem Howard of Tyee leaped to two top finishes in the boys 2A meet, taking second in the triple jump at 42 feet, 6 inches behind only the 43-10 effort of Tumwater's Lane Russell. Howard also came in fourth in the long jump at 20-11.75.
Anthony Manago of Foster came in third in the same 2A long jump event ahead of Howard at 21-07.
Kennedy's Brittany Bennett finished fifth in the girls 3A meet in 2:16.99 and Highline's Tracey Stolz followed in eighth with a time of 2:23.69.
Michelle Stolz of Highline scored a sixth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 45.99.
Foster's Prescilla Donkor placed eighth in the 2A girls discus at 108-08 and Sierra Parsons of the Lady Bulldogs was 11th in the long jump at 15-07.25.
Jamila Culcleasure of Highline took ninth in the 3A girls shot put at 38-01.25 and Kennedy's Danielle Carnahan took 10th in a five-way tie at 9-06 in the girls pole vaultH.
In the girls 3A relays, Kennedy Catholic came in fourth in the 400-meter event in a time of 49.93 and Highline was sixth in the 800 relay in 1:44.59.
Paul Toala of Highline placed 14th in the 3A boys discus at 125-09 and took 16th in the shot put at 44-03.
Athletes from Evergreen Lutheran traveled to Eastern Washington University in Cheney for the Class 2B competition.
Iraina Nitz came in 12th in the girls 3,200-meter run in 13:15.45 and finished 14th in the 1,600 in 5:59.50 for the Eagles of Des Moines.
Karissa Kjenstad of Evergreen Lutheran was 12th in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:37.98.
On the boys side for the Eagles, Jayson Kjenstad came in 15th in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 43.96 and Brendan Parker tied for 13th in the shot put at a distance of 38-10.
Highline had the top area team finish, tying North Central for seventh in the girls 3A competition with 25 points.