By Derek Munson
The Redmond and Juanita High School boys and girls track and field programs faced off on Thursday under sunny skies in their first dual meet in over two years, and it didn't take long for things to heat up.
Interestingly enough, Redmond's and Juanita's boys were nearly impossible to separate.
In fact, they were.
The Mustangs and Ravens finished their tussle on Thursday tied on the team front, 72-72.
The Redmond ladies, however, would not leave things so undetermined. The Mustangs stormed past Juanita's girls in resounding fashion, recording 102 points, a very impressive 60-point win over Juanita.
Here's a breakdown of the day's standout performances:
* Dereje Himbago posted his second sub-9:30 performance at 3,200m on the season
Girls Track Performances
- Redmond's girls' sprinters found their groove early on, as Marie Petrbokova (12.72) and Liv Wreggelsworth (12.81) made their way onto Washington's 2021 top ten list in the 100m.
- Joanna Gormley won the 400m with a PR of 59.80, and Anna Petrbokova cruised to a 2:24.35 win in the 800m.
- Then the four juniors turned it up to 11, cranking out a state-leading 4x400m time of 4:02.10, nearly 5 seconds faster than any other team in Washington this year.
- Catalina Montanez, also a junior from Redmond, turned in a noteworthy performance of her own, winning both hurdle events and joining Washington's top 50 in the 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 16.74.
- Senior Lili Hargreaves' winning time of 11:34.5 in the 3,200m bumped her into the state's top 25.
Girls Field Performances
- With all other events finished, and all remaining eyes on the javelin, Juanita junior Ashley Schroeder put on a clinic. Her launch of 125-6 was a PR by over seven feet. That performance also was pretty darn good -- it ranked No. 15 in Washington for the season.
- In her first high school meet on record, Juanita sophomore Joy Haltom won the shot put (29-9) and discus (71-11), and took second in the javelin with a throw of 91-0.
- Redmond freshman Ava Yuen set a one-foot PR to win the triple jump with a 30-5 effort.
Boys Track Performances
- Following an autumn battle with Covid-19, Washington-bound senior Dereje Himbago returned to the track in dominating fashion, winning the 3,200m in 9:27. It followed his season debut at the Olympia 3,200m on April 21 when he posted a PR of 9:20.91.
Boys Field Performances
- Juanita's sophomore throwers earned top honors across the board. Eljay Te'o took top honors in the shot put and discus, with throws of 37-0 and 126-7, while Ryan Hutchinson won the javelin at 112-0.
- Redmond senior Aaron Kim launched himself to a personal best 13-0 in the pole vault.
- Juanita senior Leon Kawahara showed his versatility, winning the triple jump with a personal-best 39-8 and taking second in the javelin with a throw of 108-5, also a PR.