Classifications: State 4A, 3A, and 2A
Where: Mt. Tahoma HS, Tacoma
Gig Harbor’s boys and Curtis’ girls are the defending state champs. Mead’s boys took second last year and hope to challenge for a trophy. No other area teams will contend for trophies. The returning area individual state champs are Mead senior Andrew Gardner (1,600 meters, 3,200), Ferris senior Damon Unland (discus) and Mead senior Courtney Hutchinson (shot put).
Check it out: The Greater Spokane League has a handful of athletes ranked No. 1 in their respective events. They are: Gardner (1,600), Unland (discus), Hutchinson (shot), Lewis and Clark senior Sumner Goodwin (3,200) and Mead senior Blasé Neumann (pole vault). They will be near or at the top of the awards podium. Mead senior Daniel Schofield (800) and Mead junior Luke Hilmes (javelin) will also be in the mix for state titles as will Ferris senior Isaiah Troutt (triple jump) and Ferris junior Jalen Hicks (triple jump).
Bellevue’s boys and Kamiakin’s girls are the defending state champs. Mt. Spokane’s girls finished fifth a year ago, one point out of a trophy and NC’s girls were seventh, six points from a trophy. NC’s boys will be in the hunt for a trophy this weekend. The returning area individual state champs are University senior Eddie Gonzalez (high jump) and NC senior Katie Knight (1,600 and 3,200).
Check it out: The GSL has four athletes ranked No. 1 in their respective events. They are: Gonzalez (high jump), Knight (3,200), NC senior Keith Williams (1,600) and Mt. Spokane senior Courtney Bray (pole vault). A handful of others will challenge for state titles. The boys high jump will be entertaining and should be a showdown between Gonzalez, Rogers senior Carson Murray and Shadle Park senior Cole Jensen.
Ephrata’s boys and North Kitsap’s girls are the defending state champs. Pullman’s and Deer Park’s boys finished sixth and seventh, respectively, last year and Cheney’s girls were sixth. The Cheney girls could finish as high as second but don’t possess the depth to challenge favorite Sehome. Cheney senior Sanne Holland (3,200) and Pullman sophomore Lauren McCluskey (high jump) are the returning area individual state champs.
Check it out: A quartet of Great Northern League athletes are ranked No. 1 in their respective events. They are: McCluskey (high jump), Colville senior Cainan Holte (discus), West Valley senior Terrynce Duke (long jump) and East Valley senior Brittany Dugger (100 hurdles). Other GNL athletes who should contend for state titles are: Holland (1,600 and 3,200), WV senior Jesse Monteon (javelin), Clarkston senior Zac Dwyer (triple jump), Cheney senior Kendall Dunn (300 hurdles), Cheney junior Chae Brown (high jump) and Pullman senior Anna Guo (long jump).