Wilson’s depth on the track continues to wear down their opponents this season. Winning 11 of 17 events on the boys side and 12 of 18 on the girls side, the Rams easily coasted to team championships over Lincoln, Foss and Mount Tahoma at the All-City Track Meet on May 1 at Lincoln Bowl.
Junior Dontae Smith helped the Rams tally 104 points in the boys meet with a season-best time of 51.91 seconds in winning the 400-meter dash, while also edging teammate Devon Phillips to win the 200-meter dash. Phillips won the 100-meter dash in 11.58 seconds, while the Rams’ Austin Lawrence won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.
Among the more impressive Wilson runners continues to be James Sivonen, who won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.74 seconds and holds the fourth best time in the state in 3A this year in the event.
“My coaches told me to get better. (I had to) open up my stride a little more and not stutter over the hurdles as much…(Now) I can stretch over the hurdle a little better than I used to.” James Sivonen Wilson
“At the start of the year, I was running (in 42 seconds), which was my (personal record) last year,” said Sivonen, who also placed third in the 110-meter hurdles. “My coaches told me to get better. (I had to) open up my stride a little more and not stutter over the hurdles as much…(Now) I can stretch over the hurdle a little better than I used to.”
Wilson’s Matthew Neiman added a win in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet and three inches, while Connor Patterson took the discus with a throw of 130 feet and nine inches.
Lincoln junior Kashawn Johnson helped the Abes place second with 67 points, setting a personal best of 15.9 seconds in winning the 110-meter hurdles while also helping the Abes win the 4X400-meter relay. Lincoln’s Mecca Amen won the 3,200-meter run, while ZeAyre Trimmings won the javelin, Ronald Carter took the high jump and senior Josh Eckwood won the long jump.
The Wilson girls sported eight different, individual event winners to put up 111.5 points on the day. Leading the way were seniors Sydney Stuckey, who won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and Bethany Montgomery, who set a personal best of 17 feet and 1.5 inches in winning the long jump while also claiming the triple jump title. Sophomore sprinter Aujanique Doss won the 100-meter dash while fellow sophomore Kapri Morrow won the 200-meter dash while also finishing just behind Doss in the 100.
Morrow noted that the ultimate goal is the state meet, and that a little bit of friendly competition within the squad has helped her improve throughout the season.
“The first 100 (of the season), Bethany (Montgomery) said ‘I’m going to beat you Kapri,’” said Morrow. “She beat me once, and never again.”
Sophomore Tierra Walker won the 400-meter dash for the Rams, sophomore teammate Shelby Alongi won the 3,200-meter run and junior Rachel Russell won the 1,600-meter run.
Lincoln senior Jada Harvey continued a strong season in field events by sweeping the shot put, discus and javelin to help the Abes put up 41.5 points as a team. Mount Tahoma’s Damonique Ishman tied with Wilson’s Jordan Hogan to win the high jump, while Thunderbird freshman Sha’Quoya Walker emerged with a win in the 800-meter run.
Foss senior Abrei McClarron put up the Falcons’ best result in finishing second in the 200-meter dash, while junior teammate Mil-Lindsey Williams – battling shin splints – still managed to place third in the 100.
The Narrows 3A and 4A league meets are on May 11 at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard.