Finishing strong

// Local athletes succeed at state meets

  • QUICK START. Foss’ Marcus Chambers launches forward to begin his win in the 400-meter dash, as he also claimed the 200-meter dash title at the state championships on May 26. (Photos By Rocky Ross)

  • BEST FOR LAST. Bellarmine Prep’s Hannah Derby wins the 400-meter dash in 55.51 seconds, a personal best and the fastest time in the state in 4A this year. (Photos By Rocky Ross)

  • EVENT WINNERS. Charles Wright's Alexander Moore won the 1A 100- and 200- meter dashes to lead the Tarriers boys to a third place finish. (Photo By Ed Beck)

  • EVENT WINNERS. Tacoma Baptist girls finished third in 2B, as (left to right) McKenna Neufeld, Rebecca McDonald, Ellie Spiro and Paige Narayan won the 4X100- and 4X200-meter relays. (Photo By Christine Fullerton)

A number of local athletes continued their recent success at the state championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium on May 24-26, propelling some local squads to outstanding finishes.

Perhaps no athlete shined as brightly as Curtis’ Kennadi Bouyer, who claimed narrow victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes to propel the Vikings’ girls to the 4A team title.

“My start was really good, that’s what I was happy about. I know if I get out (strong), I can hold it,” said Bouyer of winning the 100-meter dash in 12.10 seconds after placing second last year. “I just think it was sort of redemption. I was hoping to win last year, like anyone, and it just taught me there’s always another race, so don’t take it too seriously but still do your best.”

Bouyer, only a junior, also placed fourth in the long jump and teamed with Kira Perkins, Shelby Vaver and Kenya Shakoor to take second in the 4X100-meter relay. Perkins, Vaver, Shakoor and Adreonia Bradley also won the 4X200-meter relay in one minute and 42.29 seconds, and Kelly Cronic placed third in the triple jump to aid Curtis’ title efforts.

Bellarmine Prep’s girls put on a show as well, displaying youth and experience on the way to placing sixth overall. Sophomore Hannah Derby cruised to a win in the 400-meter dash in a personal-best time of 55.51 seconds – also best time in the state this year in 4A.

“I was really hurting at the end there, but I finished how I wanted to,” Derby said. “I’m so excited, everybody in the competition was really great – a really good field…I just really pushed it at the end, more than usual.”

Derby, Miranda Ross, Daryl Phill and Larisa Robic teamed up to win the 4X400-meter relay, while Ross placed fourth and Phill seventh in the 800-meter run.

On the 4A boys’ side, Curtis’ Dakarai Hightower won the high jump, Stadium’s Jon Lee placed seventh in the triple jump and Bellarmine’s Calvin Chandler finished seventh in the 400-meter dash. Mount Tahoma’s Phuong Truong took ninth in the shot put and fourth in the discus throw.

Foss’ Marcus Chambers, meanwhile, continued to dazzle in the 3A meet, bringing home the 200-meter dash title and setting a personal best of 47.36 seconds in winning the 400-meter dash.

“I’m happy, my hard work this whole year has paid off. I dedicated my whole season to this,” said Chambers, who finished second in the 400 last year. “It’s time, basically. That’s what I told myself before the race…this is what I’ve been waiting for and I finally got the win. I’m a state champ.”

Lincoln’s Quadelle Satterwhite also continued to impress, helping the Abes to a ninth-place finish by tying for second in the 100-meter dash and teaming with Richard Johnson, Oliver Orr and Julius Colwash to place second in the 4X100-meter relay.

Lakes’ Izaic Yorks continued with his record-breaking performances, helping the Lancers to a second-place finish by setting a personal best in winning the 800-meter run and setting a new state record of four minutes and 4.77 seconds to take the 1,600-meter title. Sammie Long, Alex Caba, KeyShawn Lee and Marquin Russell took second in the 4X400-meter relay for the Lancers.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s youthful quartet of Micayla Smith, Violet Morrow, Marche Thierry and Alyssa Marzano took fifth place in the 4X100-meter relay to highlight the Rams’ day.

“I’m very proud we made it – we’re just starting out in our high school careers in track and we made it this far,” said Smith, a sophomore. “We’re the only female relay team (in 3A) from Tacoma that made it, and we represent Tacoma well and we’re proud.”

“I’m proud of it,” added Morrow, a freshman. “We made it, we made it to state. We did what we were supposed to.”

“We wouldn’t have made it without all of us,” said Thierry, a sophomore. “We worked hard and we finished it.”

Marzano, a senior, went on to place seventh in the triple jump, while fellow senior Terina Nelson placed 10th in the javelin. Lincoln’s Jada Harvey represented the Abes well with an eighth-place finish in the discus throw.


Behind their sprinters and distance runners, Charles Wright’s boys claimed third place at the 1A state meet in Cheney on May 25-26, while the girls place 17th overall.

The Tarriers’ Alexander Moore won the 100- and 200-meter dashes to lead the effort, and was a part of two placing relays as well. The sophomore teamed with Jordan Epistola, Anthony Wohns and Blake Greene to take third in the 4X400-meter dash and placed seventh in the 4X100-meter dash with Epistola, Greene and Jacob Lawson. The Tarriers’ Travis Hensley placed fourth in the 800-meter run and fifth in the 1,600-meter run, while Ruben Riordan placed sixth in the 1600 and second in the 3,200.

Katie Mayer took third in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 400-meter dash, while Bryn Mayo took seventh in the 1,600-meter run and eighth in the 3,200-meter run to help the girls’ 17th-place finish.


Tacoma Baptist got solid contributions from their deep squad at the 2B state meet in Cheney on May 25-26, propelling the girls to a third-place finish while the boys placed fifth.

Rebecca McDonald and McKenna Neufeld placed second and fourth, respectively in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes to lead the girls’ effort, while each ran a leg in the Crusaders’ winning 4X100- and 4X200-meter relay teams along with Ellie Spiro and Paige Narayan. Spiro, Narayan, Taylor Talen and Kaylee Hughey finished fifth in the 4X400-meter dash, while Talen also placed sixth in the discus.

Keaton Cruver led the boys by winning the 400-meter dash and claiming third in the 200-meter dash, setting personal records in both. Austin Lutterloh was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, while also teaming with Cruver, Trevor Talen and Ryan Lutterloh to win the 4X400-meter dash. The Crusaders’ Walker Williams won the discus with a throw of 161 feet and five inches, and also placed eighth in the shot put.


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