Greene's virtuoso performance sparks Garfield to third place



PASCO -- Moments after Garfield senior Bianca Greene crossed the finish line to give the Bulldogs the 4A 800-meter relay championship, she took off her shoes, grabbed several cups of water and doused her toes.

"My feet are burning," Greene said. "It's getting real hot on the track."

Actually, it was Greene who was burning up the track on day two of the 3A/4A state track and field championships as she won the Class 4A 100 (12.01), the 200 (24.20) and ran the final leg of the Bulldogs winning 800 relay team (1:41.54).

Her time in the 200 was the seventh fastest in state history.

Greene's effort helped the Bulldogs score 40 team points, good enough o put them in a tie for third with Hanford.

The Bellarmine Prep girls won the 4A team title with 76.5 points, followed by Gig Harbor with 65. The Heritage boys brought only five athletes to Pasco but won four individual events to capture the 4A team title with 50 points, followed by Todd Beamer with 38.

The Eastmont girls captured the 3A team title, edging second-place Issaquah by two points. Skyline, the defending 3A champs, finished fourth with 43 points.

Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said she had no idea her squad was so close to winning the team title as Robertson refuses to tally points during a meet.

"I like to enjoy the races," Robertson said. "Keeping track of points and freaking out doesn't work for me."

The Issaquah girls did not have an individual winner at state, but won the 1,600 relay in 4:00.02.

The North Central boys won the 3A title with 51 points, followed by Union with 44.

The West Seattle boys took third as a team, the highest placing at state track in school history. Everett won the team title in 2007 and finished fourth with 34 points.

West Seattle brought four athletes and had an individual winner in senior Christian Crain, who took the long jump on Friday. All the Wildcats brought home a first-place medal after winning the 4 x 100 relay in 42.74.