By David Pan Enterprise sports editor
A quartet of Jackson track and field athletes qualified for this weekend’s state championships.
Junior Ben Lance earned a berth with his second place finish in the boys 3,200-meter race. Lance clocked in with a time of 9:24.72, which was a personal best and the fourth fastest time in school history. He also just missed out on state in the 1,600 with his fourth place finish (4:20.20), also the fourth fastest time in school history.
Junior Dan Truong took third in the boys triple jump with a jump of 43-7, a personal record. Teammate Garret Ochs secured a state berth with a third-place finish in the pole vault (13-3).
The lone Jackson girl to qualify for state was sophomore Chanel Sam, who was second in the long jump (16-10).
The Wolfpack would have advanced more athletes to state but several athletes ended up fourth in their respective events. Only the top three moved to state.
Sam finished fourth in the 200, while teammate Alison Ponce was fourth in the 3,200. Senior Alyssa Pratt ended up fourth in the pole vault. The girls 200 relay team finished fourth. Sophomore Mitchell Briggs took fourth in the boys 3,200 and sophomore Timothy St. Marie was fourth in the discus.
“It’s kind of a disappointment to not make it to state and be so close,” Jackson girls coach Steve Till said. “The North (Division) is extremely strong in track and field. They’ve got some very good athletes. There were a few events (the South Division) was able to do pretty well.”
Marysville-Pilchuck won the boys team title with 153 points and was followed by Snohomish (117) and Stanwood (99). Lake Stevens captured the girls crown with 130.67 with Stanwood (96.33) and Snohomish (91).
The Class 4A state track and field championships are Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.