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Track: King leads Coupeville, Young leads Oak Harbor at state meets
Led by two first-place finishes by junior Tyler King, the Coupeville High School boys track team finished sixth in the state 1A meet at Eastern Washington University in Cheney last weekend.
The Oak Harbor girls team placed 27th in the state 4A meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
The Coupeville girls did not have any participants at the state meet, and the only Oak Harbor boys entry, the 4x100 relay team, did not place.
You might say that King was, well, the king of the distance races.
He captured the 1,600 Friday in 4:24.54, edging out Lakeside's Colton Berry by .38 seconds.
Berry got a measure of revenge when he nipped King for the 800 title 1:58.26 to 1:59.05 on Saturday.
King bounced back just over an hour later to win the 3,200 in 9:46.42. Bereket Piatt of Port Townsend was second in 9:52.03, and Max LeBerge of Charles Wright was third in 9:55.57. LeBerge won the event last year while King finished third.
Hunter Hammer earned Coupeville's other place in the meet when he snared eighth in the shot put in 47-08, an impressive effort for a first-year track participant.
The 4x400 relay team of King, Will Hoskins, Chase Bates and Mitch Pelroy qualified for state but didn't score when they placed sixth in their heat and 14th overall (3:40.79).
King's won the team title with 74 points; Coupeville scored 29 points, good for sixth.
Senior Shantae Young put in the best showing for the Wildcats, who scored nine team points -- the third best showing by any Wesco school, North or South.
Mead was the girls 4A team champion with 65 points.
Thursday Young placed third in the triple jump in 38-06.75. Nicole Mowbray was 11th (36-02). The event was won by Bianca Walton of Tahoma in 39-05.25.
Friday Young placed eighth in the long jump (16-09.25).
Freshman Naomi Walker grabbed seventh in the 200 (26.71) and 10th in the 100 (13.1).
Young and Walker teamed with Janessa Ramos and Janelle Yoshimoto to finish ninth in the 4x100 relay (50.06).
Mowbray cleared the 10th best height (5) in the high jump.
The Oak Harbor boys 4x100 relay team of Donovan Hunt, Derrick Clarit, Aaron Boesch and Jason Curles was 13th (44.3).