Lake Washington Takes Dual Meet Win Over Eastlake

* Lake Washington's Luca Andonian won the 800 in a PR of 1:58.22

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By Derek Munson - MileSplit Correspondent


    The Lake Washington boys and girls track and field teams were seriously locked in on Friday night in Kirkland, as the Kangaroos jumped their way to victories over visiting Eastlake High School in an early season dual meet.

    The score lines were enough proof: The boys were dominant with a 104-40 win, while the girls squeaked by with an eight-point win, scoring 79 total points. 

    High jump. Long Jump. Triple Jump.

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    The 'Roos were everywhere.

    The Lake Washington girls earned the top four places in the high jump, top five in the long jump and took all the points in the triple jump. That momentum continued on to the track, with Lake Washington's girls taking second and third in the 100m hurdles and sweeping the 300m hurdles.

    The Kangaroos' boys were feeling it, too. On the track, the squad swept the 110m hurdles and took first and third in the 300m hurdles.

    Off the track, Lake Washington swept the triple jump, scored all the points in the high jump, and, if not for one lone Eastlake Wolf long jumper, they would've pulled off a jumping sweep of their own.

    Not to be outdone, Lake Washington's thrower boys put on a sweep show as well. The squad took the top three spots in the shot put and javelin, and the top six spots in the discus.

    For both teams, there were plenty of standout individual performances:

    * Eastlake's Emily Van Valkenburg rolled to an easy 3,200m victory on Friday

    Girls Track Performances

    • Eastlake's 4x200 started the meet off with a Washington No. 4 time of 1:46.48.
    • Lake Washington's Abigail Jalso won the 300m hurdles in a PR of 53.36.
    • Lake Washington junior Ankita Kumar won the 800m in 2:29.79, with freshman teammate Kira Bringemeier close behind in 2:31.30.
    • Eastlake senior Azita Balsara won the 200m in 26.81 and then took second in the 100m with a time of 12.93.
    • Eastlake's Emily Van Valkenburg (above), one of Washington's top female distance runners, got into a groove in the 3,200m, winning in 11:20.21, and she led Eastlake's girls to a sweep in the event.

    Girls Field Performances

    • Rachel Gough of Eastlake won both the shot put with a throw of 35-2.50 and then claimed the discus with a throw of 104-8.
    • Lake Washington sophomore Ryah Digiacomo won the javelin with a throw of 101-7.
    • Lake Washington juniors Madeleine Brewer and Laly Noriega went 1-2 in the high jump, both hitting 4-8.
    • Eastlake senior Dawson Flaker won the pole vault with a new personal best of 9-9.
    • Sydney Rabuchin led the Kangaroos' long jump sweep, taking top honors with a personal best of 14-10.5
    • Madeleine Brewer won her second event of the day, landing a 31-10 in the triple jump. She barely edged out teammate Sydney Rabuchin at 30-9.5

    Boys Track Performances

    • Adam Niewiakomski led Lake Washington's sweep of the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.99. Cooper Smith and Caelen Cheyne took second and third.
    • Eastlake's Caden Barrysmith won the 100m and 200m with PRs of 11.18 and 22.28, respectively.
    • Eastlake junior Aaron Heisser won the 400m in a time of 52.50.
    • Lake Washington's Cooper Smith won the 300m hurdles in 44.62.
    • Luca Andonian led a Lake Washington sweep of the 800m, finishing in a personal best of 1:58.22.
    • After an off season of injuries, Ethan Pedersen returned to the track for a 3,200m rust-buster, and he dispatched the competition with a time of 9:49.47. Eastlake completed the boys 3,200m sweep with senior Owen Bloom in second and sophomore Noah Zahn in third.

    Boys Field Performances

    • Sophomore Christopher Poole won the shot put with a 44-0 PR, took second in the discus and was third in the javelin.
    • Niewiakomski led Lake Washington's discus sweep with his winning throw of 102-4 feet.
    • Lake Washington's Matthew Blaskovich from LW won the pole vault at 11-0.
    • Senior Faris Khilfeh's launch of 148-2 was a personal best by nearly 11 feet, and led LW's javelin sweep. He also had a PR in the shot put with his second place finish throw of 41-9.
    • Tommy Allan won the triple jump with a jump of 36-4.50, with teammates Tyler Newcomer (34-8.50) and Caleb Buycks (34-2) taking second and third.
    • High jumpers Cooper Smith and Caelen Cheyne went 1-2 in the event, both hitting their personal bests of 5-8.
    • The lone Eastlake long jumper against 10 Lake Washington jumpers, Maxwell Verboot singlehandedly stopped LW's sweep of all jumping field events on both the boys and girls sides. His long jump of 21-0 was a personal best and it was seven inches ahead of the Kangaroos' Antonia Oliveri 's second-place finish.

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