Joyner overcomes illness, wins 100, 200 at 3A district track

SHORELINE — Though he was feeling less than 100 percent because of a nagging head cold, even illness was not enough to slow Marysville Pilchuck’s Austin Joyner on Friday night.

Joyner, a junior, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes to go with his Wednesday victory in the long jump to give him three first places at the Class 3A District 1 track and field meet at Shoreline District Stadium. Joyner had a time of 10.80 in the 100 to narrowly hold off Meadowdale’s Margaryonta Kilcup (10.83), and in the 200 Joyner was clocked in 22.07 to again edge Kilcup (22.33).

Joyner said he felt “pretty good” about his races, even though “I’m pretty sick right now.” The illness began late last week, “and I didn’t practice on Monday or Tuesday, but then I had to come run on Wednesday (in qualifying races).

“My nose is super stuffy and my body feels achy,” he said, “but honestly it didn’t affect me too much. I was a little sick, but I wasn’t going to let it slow me down. And when I warmed up, it started to clear up a little bit.”

On Wednesday, Joyner won the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 11½ inches. That means he will have three events at next weekend’s state meet at Mount Tahoma High School, and three chances to assuage the painful memory of a year ago, when Joyner pulled a hamstring muscle in his 100 qualifying heat.

Joyner is particularly looking forward to the long jump competition, and a showdown with Bellevue’s Budda Baker, a fellow football standout. The two are the state 3A leaders, with Joyner trailing Baker by a slight margin.

“I want first (at state),” Joyner said with a smile. “Whoever has the worse day is going to lose and I’m bringing my A game.”

The only disappointment to the district meet for Joyner was the disqualification of the Tomahawks’ 400 relay team during Wednesday’s preliminaries. The DQ, for an exchange zone violation, was frustrating because “we should’ve taken first” and advanced to state, Joyner said.

With Joyner leading the way, Marysville Pilchuck finished with the district team championship, totaling 101 points. Runners-up Shorewood and Glacier Peak tied for second with 89 points.

Also placing first for Marysville Pilchuck on Friday was Corbin Perry, who won the discus with a toss of 153-04.

Though Meadowdale’s Kilcup finished second in the 100 and 200, he had an impressive showing in the 400 relay. Running the anchor leg, Kilcup took the baton trailing by a decided margin, but then ran a blistering leg to pull in front over the last 30 yards for the victory.

Another impressive performance was turned in by Oak Harbor’s John Rodeheffer in the 3,200. He had a narrow lead on Mountlake Terrace’s Jack Pearce at the bell lap, but then surged over the final 400 meters to win in 9:26.38. Shorecrest’s Omar Abdulla was second in 9:33.22, Shorewood’s Keenan Stephens was third in 9:33.64, and Pearce was fourth in 9:34.30.

Team scores: 1. Marysville Pilchuck 101, t-2. Shorewood 89, t-2. Glacier Peak 89, 4. Meadowdale 80, 5. Mountlake Terrace 58, 6. Shorecrest 53, t-7. Stanwood 48, t-7. Marysville Getchell 48, 9. Oak Harbor 42, 10. Ferndale 26, 11. Everett 23.

State qualifiers: 110 hurdles—1. Chris Diaz (SW) 14.77; 2. Chris Grant (Mead.) 14.86; 3. Logan Coleman (GP) 15.32. 100—1. Austin Joyner (MP) 10.80; 2. Margaryonta Kilcup (Mead.) 10.83; 3. Deion Stell (MP) 11.09. 1,600—1. Omar Abdulla (SC) 4:24.64; 2. John Rodeheffer (OH) 4:24.96; 3. Jack Pearce (MLT) 4:27.01. 400 relay—1. Meadowdale 43.42; 2. Shorewood 43.64; 3. Marysville Getchell 44.03. 400—1. Dejon Devroe (OH) 50.13; 2. Will DeMaris (GP) 50.42; 3. Will McNamara (SC) 50.65. 300 hurdles—1. Brent Hafenscher (MG) 39.35; 2. Alec Albrecht (GP) 39.61; 3. Coleman (GP) 39.63. 800—1. Garrett Westover (MG) 1:56.62, 2. Devan Kirk (SW) 1:57.67, 3. Chris Bianchini (GP) 1:58.79; 200—1. Joyner (MP) 22.07; 2. Kilcup (Mead.) 22.33; 3. McNamara (SC) 22.68. 3,200—1. Rodeheffer (OH) 9:26.38; 2. Abdulla (SC) 9:33.22; 3. Keenan Stephens (SW) 9:33.64. 1,600 relay—1. Marysville Getchell 3:25.76; 2. Oak Harbor 3:26.55; 3. Meadowdale 3:26.72. High jump—1. Jonah Hoverson (SW) 5-11, 2. Aubry Victor (SC) 5-10, 3. Carlton McDonald (ST) 5-10; Long jump—1. Austin Joyner (MP) 22-11.50; 2. Michael Liddell (MLT) 20-11.50; 3. Dante Fields (MP) 20-07. Triple jump—1. Chikodi Ezeokeke (Mead.) 43-11.50; 2. Clifford Paulk (MP) 43-05.50, 3. Malik Braxton (Mead.) 42-03. Shot put—1. Juan Ventura (MP) 50-11.25; 2. Justus Blair (SW) 48-11.50; 3. Owen Reinecke (ST) 47-11.50. Discus—1. Corbin Ferry (MP) 153-04; 2. Brett Potter (MLT) 146-08; 3. Mason Braun (GP) 143-04. Javelin—1. Taz Frazier (SW) 162-03; 2. Griffey Lytle (E) 161-07; 3. Juan Ventura (MP) 159-11. Pole vault—1. Henry Garman (ST) 13-00; 2. Kyle Wood (ST) 12-06; 3. Donovan Campeau (F) 12-06.

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