Track: Coupeville competes at Lakewood; King runs in star-studded Shoreline meet
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
May 3, 2010 · Updated 2:07 PM
The Coupeville track teams tangled with three other schools at Lakewood Friday, April 30, and Tyler King took part in the prestigious Shoreline Invitational Saturday.
Lakewood won both the boys and girls meets Friday.
The Cougar boys earned 124 points, Sultan had 84.5, Coupeville 29.5 and Archbishop Murphy 22.
In the girls meet, the Cougars had 99.75 points, ATM 90.5, Sultan 53.5 and Coupeville 14.25.
The Coupeville boys got firsts from Chase Bates in the 400 (54.93) and Hunter Hammer in the shot (45-10). Hammer also grabbed a second in the discus (103-01).
Mitch Pelroy, Garret Franzen, Will Hoskins and Dalton Engle were second in the 4x100 (48.49).
Pelroy was third in the 100 (11.94), and Hoskins tied for third in the high jump (5-04).
Hoskins added a fourth in the 400 (58.72) and Dylan Warren a fifth (1:00.02).
Zach Piercy was fourth in the discus (101).
Jai'lysa Hoskins led the CHS girls with a first in the 100 (13.61), a second in the 200 (28.26) and a second in the 4x200 relay with Anna Bailey, Nicole Becker and Hannah Christensen (2:04.63).
The Shoreline meet featured athletes from 63 different schools of all classifications and attracted much of the state's top talent. Coupeville coach Randy King, Tyler’s father, said they held Tyler out of the Lakewood meet so he would be fresh for Shoreline where he would see fast competition to “help him lower his times and better prepare him for the end of the season.”
Tyler King placed third in the 3,200 (9:20.52) and fifth in the 1,600 (4:15.28). Both times are the best by a 1A runner this spring. King was one of only two of the top distance runners who competed in both events Saturday.
The 1,600 produced the first, second, sixth and seventh fastest times in the nation this year; Ben Johnston of Spokane’s North Central won in 4:06.54. King’s time broke his brother Kyle’s school record (4:20.06).
Tyler King’s 3,200 mark was his season best by 12 seconds and second fastest in school history to Kyle’s 9:13.67. Kyle King now runs for Eastern Washington University.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.