By Derek Munson - MileSplit Correspondent
Redmond's and Lake Washington's boys' and girls' track and field teams found their grooves on Friday as both programs hit full stride at the midpoint of the season.
It started with a pre-meet tribute to the graduating athletes on Redmond's home track. The program honored their accomplishments and took a look back on their favorite memories.
As far as send off ceremonies go, this sun-soaked meet was filled with more good omens than you could count.
The combination of great conditions and last year's missed season created a perfect opportunity for posting some fast times, and the athletes came through in a big way.
Lake Washington came out on top of the team competitions, beating the Redmond's girls 89-56 and Redmond's boys 88-53.
In every individual running event for either the boys and girls meet, more than half of the competitors finished with new personal bests.
There were PRs for the top 20 competitors in the boys 200m, the top six in the boys 800m, the top nine in the girls 100m hurdles, and for all six competitors in the girls' 400m.
In total, 172 individual performances out of 242 on the track went down as an athlete's personal best for that event. The field events weren't far behind, with 61 additional PRs -- including the top four boys in the discus, the top four girls in the triple jump, and the top seven in the girls discus.
Here are some highlights from the meet:
Girls Track Performances
- Marie Petrbokova won the 400m with a WA No. 2 time of 58.23.
- Lake Washington's Laly Noriega (16.32) out-leaned Redmond's Catalina Montanez (16.38) for the win in the 100mH; both turned in top 25 performances in the state.
- Liv Wreggelsworth crushed it with a WA top 25 time in the 100m (12.55) and a top 10 time in the 200m (25.70). The 200m scoring was rounded out with top 50 performances from Lake Washington's Kate Pallemaerts (26.66) and Redmond's Joanna Gormley (26.84).
- In the second 1,600m of her high school career, Freshman Kira Bringemeier took first with a time of 5:30.10.
- Redmond senior Lili Hargreaves fought back hard against teammate Anna Petrobokova to win the 800m in 2:24.71.
Girls Field Performances
- Lake Washington senior Aiyah Smart won the shot put with a throw of 27-09, and then took the high jump with a personal-best jump of 5-4.
- Adding to her win in the 100m hurdles, Laly Noriega won the triple jump in a personal best 32-11.
Boys Track Performances
- Redmond's Calder Hillis made the most of senior night, winning his first 800m of the season in a personal best time of 2:07.99.
- In the 1,600m run, Redmond's Dereje Himbago came out of the first turn with a quick 10 meter lead before cruising to victory in a personal best time of 4:22.65.
- Redmond senior Samuel Fyfe and Lake Washington's Cooper Smith had epic battles in the hurdles. In the 110m hurdles, Fyfe edged out Smith by three-hundredths of a second, while Smith returned the favor with a 0.1 second win in the 300m hurdles.
Boys Field Performances
- Lake Washington junior Adam Niewiadomski was all over the place, winning the high jump (6-0) and the triple jump (40-2.5), and competing in the javelin and 100m.
- Lake Washington sophomore Christopher Poole remained undefeated for the year in the shot put, and added a win in the discus with a personal best throw of 107-5.