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Alumni update: Tracksters lead way
Track athletes Kyle King and Allison Duvenez recorded historical efforts to leave the biggest imprints by Coupeville and Oak Harbor high school graduates competing collegiately this spring.
Coupeville’s King, a senior at Eastern Washington University, finished his Eagle career by winning the 10,000 meters in the Big Sky Conference championship meet, the first win by an Eastern athlete in a race over 800 meters since the school joined the conference in 1986. He also finished third in the 5,000.
At the NCAA championships, King entered ranked 46th in the 5,000 and finished 34th.
Eagle head coach Stan Kerr said, “During his tenure with EWU, Kyle has been a steady contributor to our historically strong distance program. In the trifecta of distance running in the Big Sky Conference (cross country and indoor and outdoor track), Kyle solidly positioned himself in each of the three seasons on a yearly basis.”
King has one year of eligibility left and will compete as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma next year.
King’s brother Tyler, a freshman at the University of Washington, was among the team leaders in distance events for the Huskies and placed 28th in the 5,000 at the Pac-12 championships.
Oak Harbor’s Duvenez, a freshman at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, set school records in the 400 hurdles (1:06.37) and 3,000 steeplechase (12:29.24). She recorded Northwest Christian’s six fastest hurdle times ever and finished fourth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference meet.
Oak Harbor’s Shantae Young, a sophomore at Washington State University, posted the Cougars’ third-best triple jump (38-06), fifth-best long jump (17-01) and sixth-best 100 (13) marks this season.
Adrianna Royal, a freshman at Sacramento State University from Oak Harbor, earned three top-10 finishes in four steeplechase events this year, including a fourth in the Hornet Invitational.
Abby (Leete) Lewis, an Oak Harbor freshman at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, competed for the Sea Lions’ track team with a best finish of eighth in the 3,000 meters (11:34).
In baseball, Jay Stout, a freshman outfielder from Oak Harbor, was among the leading hitters for Skagit Valley College (15-29). Stout hit .271, fifth best on the team; led the Cardinals in runs (24), triples (2) and stolen bases (13); and was second in at bats (140), hits (38) and walks (18).
Another freshman outfielder from Oak Harbor, Yale Rosen, was a reserve for Washington State University (28-28). Rosen appeared in 22 games, had 23 at bats and two hits, one a double, for two RBI.
Two other 2011 Oak Harbor graduates and baseball players, David Tillotson (Centralia Community College) and Josh Evans (Edmonds Community College), red shirted this year.
On the baseball coaching front, 1998 Oak Harbor graduate Kyle Carothers is an assistant coach at Western Arizona College in Yuma. Carothers helped the Matadors (33-24) qualify for the post season for the first time since 2006.
In crew, Oak Harbor’s Kyle Schroeder, a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University, rowed in the lightweight fours for the Lutes.
In other alumni news, Oak Harbor graduate David Phay, head professional at Whidbey Golf and Country Club, finished sixth in the Oregon Open in Bend June 12 to 14 with a three-day total of 213.
(Email jwaller@whidbeynewsgroup with names of local graduates who should be included in future collegiate updates.)