The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Snohomish County throwers shine at UW meets

Plus, Taylor Roe is honored nationally after a record-breaking weekend, Matt King earns world bronze in swim relays, and more.

It was big weekend for local weight throwers.

The University of Washington held a pair of prestigious indoor meets over the weekend in Seattle, with college athletes competing at the Husky Classic and high school athletes competing in the UW High School Invitational. And Snohomish County was all over the leaderboard in the weight throw events.

Everett High School graduate Jayden White, now a senior on the University of Washington men’s track and field team, broke his own school record in winning the men’s weight throw Friday at the Husky Classic. White’s throw of 74 feet, 5.5 inches bested his previous record by four inches and ranks No. 7 in the NCAA this season, all but assuring him a berth to indoor nationals for the fourth straight year. White placed fourth at indoor nationals in 2022 and fifth last year.

In the high school boys weight throw at the UW High School Invitational on Saturday, Mariner High School seniors Calvin Gutierrez and Eduardo Garcia finished 1-3. Gutierrez, who’s headed to Western Washington University in the fall, won with a throw on 61-2. Garcia’s 56-2 placed him in third.

In the high school girls weight throw, Mukilteo’s Kim Beard, who’s a sophomore at King’s High School, placed second with a throw of 50-0. Beard also competed with the college throwers the previous day and placed seventh with a personal-best throw of 51-3.

Roe named national athlete of the week

Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe, now a graduate student on the Oklahoma State University women’s track and field team, was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week after a record-breaking weekend on the indoor track.

Roe broke the school record and ran the fourth-fastest indoor 5,000-meter time in NCAA history when she produced a time of 15 minutes, 12.71 seconds in winning the event at the Eagle Elite Invitational on Friday in Boston. Roe lapped every other runner in the race as she won by 40 seconds.

Roe also anchored OSU’s distance medley relay team to victory on Saturday as the Cowgirls posted the second-fastest indoor time in NCAA history by clocking in at 10:47.20.

Roe is currently positioned to qualify for indoor nationals in three events: the 3,000 (which she won in 2022), 5,000 and distance medley relay.

King wins relay bronze at swimming worlds

Glacier Peak High School graduate Matt King picked up a bronze medal as part of the United States men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team during the early days of the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

King swam the leadoff leg in the final, posting a split of 48.02 seconds as the U.S. finished with a time of 3:12.29. China, which had leadoff swimmer Pan Zhanle break the 100 freestyle world record by posting a split of 46.80, won the gold in 3:11.08.

King’s two individual events, the 50 and 100 freestyles, take place later this week.

Mahler, De Jesus receive preseason softball recognition

Monroe High School graduate River Mahler and Jackson High School grad Iyanla De Jesus both were named to college softball preseason all-conference teams.

Mahler, now a sophomore shortstop at Stanford, was named to the preseason All-Pac-12 team. Mahler is coming off a season in which she batted .350 while playing second base for the Cardinal, for which she was named first-team All-Pac-12.

De Jesus, now a graduate student outfielder/designed player at Coastal Carolina, was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt team. De Jesus is coming off a season in which she batted .347 with eight home runs and 38 RBI as she was named first-team All-Sun Belt.

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