Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

E-W girls run away with Edmonds District crown

Dickens takes 100, 200 and helps 2 relays to victories

By David Pan
Weekly Herald Sports editor
Meadowdale's Haley Suarez (left) leads just ahead of Edmonds-Woodway's Haley Kettel on their third lap of the girls 1600 meter run during the Edmonds ...

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Meadowdale's Haley Suarez (left) leads just ahead of Edmonds-Woodway's Haley Kettel on their third lap of the girls 1600 meter run during the Edmonds School District track and field meet, Friday, May 4, 2012 at Edmonds District Stadium. Suarez placed first in the event and Kettel placed second.

Unlike the boys meet where Mountlake Terrace's margin of victory for first-place was just half a point, Edmonds-Woodway left no doubt as to which school had the top girls track and field team at the Edmonds District championships.
The Warriors blew away the field, outscoring Meadowdale by almost 100 points to win their sixth straight title May 4 at Edmonds Stadium.
Edmonds-Woodway finished with 228 points, while Meadowdale took second with 136, followed by Mountlake Terrace with 105 and Lynnwood with 59.
“Pretty much across the board every school has got talent,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Rick Fillman said. “You have to have talent and depth in all areas to win by that score. We're pretty blessed to have a great group of girls. They've worked hard all season. The sophomore class is pretty strong.”
Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Djenne Dickens led the way with victories in the 100 (13.15 seconds) and 200 (26.45). She also ran the leadoff leg of the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
“She had her season's best in the 100 and 200,” Fillman said. “She also ran her fastest time in the opening leg on the 4 by 400.”
Dickens has the fourth fastest time in the 200 and the sixth fastest time in the 100 in the 4A District 1. The top five finishers out of the bi-district meet with Kingco advance to state.
Sophomore Savanah VanCitters won the 300 hurdles (49.45) and the long jump (16.10.5). VanCitters also ran on the winning 1,600 relay team. Her long jump was a personal record and VanCitters would have set a school record with a 17-8 leap, but she scratched that jump by about an inch. VanCitters has second best long jump in the district. Her 300 hurdles time also was a personal best.
“The nice thing about Savanah is that she's pretty consistent,” Fillman said. “Once she's able to do something, you can count on her.”
Senior Ruby Herbert won the triple jump (32-2) and junior Janelle Kono took first in the pole vault (8-0). Junior Victoria Lebesis won the javelin with a throw of 88-17, almost 10 feet ahead of the second-place thrower.
The Warriors recorded seven second-place finishes. Sophomore Hailey Kettel was second in the 1,600 (5:17.13) and the 800 (2:26.35).
Meadowdale was led by junior Haley Suarez, who won the 1,600 (5:16.48) and the 3,200 (11:54.88). Senior Leah Bennett finished first in the 100 hurdles and the Mavericks' 800 relay team won in 1:50.20.
Though Mountlake Terrace finished third in the team competition, the Hawks shined with four individual winners. Senior Dorothy Moore, who came out for track and field for the first time this season, won the shot put (34-4) and the discus (103-11).
“She's got a shot to go (far in the postseason),” Mountlake Terrace coach Russ Vincent said. “I wish I had her for a couple of more years.”
Senior Nina Penner, who is looking for her fourth straight state appearance, took first in the 800 (2:23.35).
“She's really starting to respond,” Vincent said. “Now is the time to do it. She's a good competitor.”
Mountlake Terrace sophomore Jessy Smith won the high jump (4-6).
Lynnwood's lone first-place finish was sophomore Grace Douglas in the 400 (1:03.22).
“Grace has been our top performer all year long,” Lynnwood coach Duane Lewis said. “She's just a real great kid. She works harder than anybody else boy or girl. In a down year, it's nice to have a bright spot like that.”