Everett’s Ndayiragije claims Class 3A boys high jump title

The favorite cleared 6-8 to highlight locals on day one of the track and field championships.

Shukurani Ndayiragije is a state champion.

The Everett High School senior cleared 6 feet, 8 inches to claim the Class 3A boys high jump title on the first day of the Class 4A/3A/2A state track and field championships Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Ndayiragije, who came into the event with the state’s top mark at 6-10, wasn’t able to equal that mark Thursday. However, he cleared 6-8 in his first attempt to take home the state title, besting Hazen’s Illia Beizak by two inches.

It was the first state championship for Ndayiragije, who finished second at state in the high jump last year, and who is a top contender in both Friday’s triple jump and Saturday’s long jump.

Two other locals had top-three finishes Thursday in Tacoma. Kamiak sophomore Zia Anderson placed third in the Class 4A girls long jump with a leap of 17-7 3/4, and fellow Knight Noah Haller, a junior, took third in the Class 4A boys discus with a throw of 160-5.

At the Class 1A/2B/1B championships in Yakima, King’s junior Sophia Inglin took second in the Class 1A girls 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 3.02 seconds, and Grace Academy senior Candice Mugo-Wainaina finished second in the Class 1B girls discus at 115-9.

Here are the locals who placed in the top eight in Thursday’s finals:

Class 4A Boys

Discus: 3. Noah Haller, junior, Kamiak, 160-5; 6. Angus Van Valey, senior, Glacier Peak, 155-9. Long jump: 6. Zack Warren, junior, Kamiak, 21-8 3/4.

Class 4A Girls

Discus: 4. Keira Isabelle Tupua, sophomore, Lake Stevens, 126-6; 6. Bailey Board, senior, Jackson, 121-9. Long jump: 3. Zia Anderson, sophomore, Kamiak, 17-7 3/4. Triple jump: 7. Brooklyn Perdomo, senior, Monroe, 35-1 1/4.

Class 3A Boys

1,600: 7. Keiyu Mamiya, senior, Shorewood, 4:13.60; 8. Ryan Khoury, sophomore, Stanwood, 4:13.94. Shot put: 7. Dylan Scott, junior, Arlington, 53-2 1/4. High jump: 1. Shukurani Ndayiragije, senior, Everett, 6-8; 6. Jack Rotondo, freshman, Snohomish, 6-4.

Class 3A Girls

Triple jump: 7. Brooklyn Perdomo, senior, Monroe, 35-1 1/4.

Class 1A Boys

1,600: 6. Staser Simpson, junior, King’s, 4:25.61.

Class 1A Girls

1,600: 2. Sophia Inglin, junior, King’s, 5:03.02; 5. Lauren Belden, freshman, King’s, 5:12.01.

Class 1B Girls

Discus: 2. Candice Mugo-Wainaina, senior, Grace Academy, 115-9.

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