By Jesse Geleynse Herald Writer
EDMONDS — Suffice to say Wurrie Njadoe’s Class 3A opponents won’t be sad to have seen the last of her this year.
Njadoe, who competes for Class 2A Shorecrest, won the 100, 200 and high jump Friday to go along with her long jump victory from Wednesday as the Wesco South concluded its two-day championship meet at Edmonds Stadium.
“It was a good way to end it,” Njadoe said. “Everybody on my team — almost everybody — has (recorded a personal record) tonight and it’s memorable, especially for the seniors out here. It was do or die to qualify for districts and then on to state. Everybody came on and knew what they had to do to qualify for districts.”
The Glacier Peak girls won the team title in the event that serves as a precursor to next week’s district meets. The Wesco 3A meet is next Wednesday and Friday at Marysville’s Quil Ceda Stadium, while Shorecrest will be at Shoreline Stadium Wednesday and Friday for the 2A meet.
Maya McFadden was the lone champion for the Grizzlies who utilized their depth to win the overall team title. McFadden won the shot put to lead a 1-2 Glacier Peak finish in the event with Emilie Pederson. McFadden was also second in the javelin.
Lynnwood’s Mikayla Pivec won three individual events for the Royals as she took the 800 in addition to the 1,600 and javelin titles she won Wednesday. Teammate Rita Sakharov won both hurdle races while fellow Royal Jordyn Edwards won the 400 and finished second to Njadoe in the 200. Edwards and Sakharov ran legs on Lynnwood’s victorious 800-meter relay team Wednesday, and those two joined Pivec and Samaria Sillito to win the 1,600-meter relay Friday.
“(Class) 3A is really competitive, especially in the 200 going against Jordyn Edwards,” Njadoe said. “She is a hard worker and I know she’s going to give it all she’s got. It was good having her there to push me a little bit.”
Mountlake Terrace’s Chinne Okoronkwo won the pole vault and the triple jump while finishing second to Njadoe in the long jump.
On the boys’ side, Skylar Widman of Shorewood was a double winner in the 100 and 200 as he led the Thunderbirds to the team title. Widman also ran legs on Shorewood’s victorious 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams, while teammate Ronnie Gary won the high jump, triple jump and the long jump.
Lynnwood’s Harris Cutuk won the discus and also claimed the shot put title on Wednesday.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Matthew Park won the 3,200 after taking the 1,600 Wednesday.
“The season has kind of been up and down so far, so it feels good to have two solid races in a row,” Park said. “It feels good, especially at the end of the season to finally be racing well.”
In contrast to a normal meet, when distance runners have to run both the 1,600 and 3,200 on the same day, the postseason holds the events two days apart. That gives the runners a chance to rest their legs.
“It helps a lot mentally knowing you’ll be fresh for both races,” Park said. “It’s just the confidence booster going into districts. (We know) that if we race well here we can continue to improve next week going into more important meets.”
At Edmonds Stadium
Team scores—Shorewood 157, Edmonds-Woodway 120.5, Glacier Peak 107, Shorecrest 97, Mountlake Terrace 76, Lynnwood 92, Meadowdale 37.5.
110 hurdles—Chris Diaz (SW) 14.6; 100—Skylar Widman (SW) 11.19; 1,600—Matthew Park (E-W) 4:23.95; 400 relay—Shorewood (Camden Correos, Joseph Williamson, Widman, Diaz) 44.26; 400—Sterling Mahan (E-W) 51.68; 300 hurdles—Harry White (M) 39.77; 800—Devan Kirk (SW) 1:51.98; 200—Widman (SW) 22.7; 3,200—Matthew Park (E-W) 9:30.72; 1,600 relay—Shorewood (Williamson, Widman, Rainboth, Kirk) 3:25.81; High jump—Ronnie Gary (SW) 6-6; Long jump—Gary (SW) 21-10; Triple jump—Gary (SW) 44-0.5; Shot put—Harris Cutuk (L) 45-1; Discus—Cutuk (L) 155-3; Javelin—Brett Burgess-Hunt (SW) 154-2; Pole vault—Grant Whitcutt (E-W) 14-6.
Team scores—Glacier Peak 142, Edmonds-Woodway 132, Shorecrest 126, Lynnwood 119, Mountlake Terrace 94, Shorewood 50, Meadowdale 36.
100 hurdles—Rita Sakharov (L) 15.24; 100—Wurrie Njadoe (SC) 12.11; 1,600—Mikayla Pivec (L) 5:00.06; 400 relay—Shorecrest (Amanda Kagarabi, Ami Njadoe, Sophia Viviano, Sydney Brandt) 50.92; 400—Jordyn Edwards (L) 56.93; 300 hurdles—Sakharov (L) 44.97; 800—Pivec (L) 2:15.12; 200—W. Njadoe (SC) 24.57; 3,200—Yukino Parle (E-W) 11:12.45; 800 relay—Lynnwood (Natalie Brown, Valerie Bell, Sakharov, Edwards) 1,600 relay—Lynnwood (Pivec, Sakharov, Samaria Sillito, Edwards) 4:03.30; High jump—W. Njadoe (SC) 5-7; Long jump—W. Njadoe (SC) 18-4.5; Triple jump—Chinne Okoronkwo (MT) 41-4; Shot put—Maya McFadden (GP) 35-10.5; Discus—Vernice Keyes (E-W) 105-10; Javelin—Pivec (L) 138-5; Pole vault—Okoronkwo (MT) 12-0.