* Eastlake's Caden Barrysmith anchored the team's 4x100
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By Derek Munson - MileSplit Correspondent
With the Washington State Outdoor Championships canceled for the second year in a row, the Lake Washington School District wrapped up its Covid-shortened track season on Monday in Redmond.
The Mustangs hosted the likes of Eastlake, Juanita and Lake Washington for the culminating event of the year.
But if there was any disappointment about this shortened season, it didn't show.
The District Championship had an almost festive vibe, with a chance to compete for one final time on a high school track.
In team scoring, the Redmond girls ran away with the overall title as the Mustangs set the stage early with a 1-2 finish in the 100m before picking up more wins in the 400m and 200m and then ending with an impressive state-leading 4x400m.
Lake Washington, meanwhile, dominated the boys events, capturing its share of field events wins and racking up tons of points along the way to a solid 26-point win over second place Eastlake.
There was no shortage of big performances for both boys and girls. Check out the highlights:
* The Redmond girls talk their state-leading 4x400
Girls Running Performances
- Redmond sprinters Marie Petrbokova capped off a perfect season in her individual events, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m. Teammate Liv Wreggelsworth put on a show of her own, finishing second in the same three events.
- The girls 400m saw four of the state's top six times for the the year. Petrbokova won with a time of 58.33, followed by Wregglesworth in 58.55, Redmond's Joanna Gormley in 59.45, and Eastlake Sophomore Ava Hagwell in 59.50.
- In the 800m, Ava Hagwell took the lead with 200m to go and fought off a hard charging Anna Petrbokova to win in 2.20.95.
- Catalina Montanez finished the 2021 season undefeated in the 300m hurdles, winning her fifth consecutive race in 49.19.
- Emily Van Valkenberg completed an undefeated season of her own in the distance events, with a season-best time of 11:00.75 in the 3,200m.
- Joanna Gormley, Anna Petrbokova, Liv Wregglesworth and Marie Petrbokova closed out the meet with a blazing 4x400m, finishing with a state-best time of 4:00.30.
Girls Field Performances
- Eastlake's Rachel Gough completed her senior year undefeated in both the shot put and the discus, with throws of 38-2.5 and 111-0.
- Juanita's Ashley Schroeder won her fifth consecutive javelin performance of the year. She also placed second in the shot put and discus, with personal best throws of 37-5.5 and 93-6.
- Lake Washington senior Aiyah Smart showed off her multi-event skills, finishing first in the high jump, third in the shot put and fourth in the 100m hurdles, while helping the Lake Washington's 4x100m team to a second-place finish.
- Eastlake senior Dawson Flaker finished her high school career by breaking the 10-foot barrier to win the pole vault at 10-3.
* The boys 1,600m race
Boys Running Performances
- Dereje Himbago of Redmond faced his first real competition of the season in a tough 1,600 meter battle with Lake Washington senior Luca Andonian. Himbago won the 1,600m in 4:20.97, and took the 3,200m in 9:40.73.
- Caden Barrysmith contributed the maximum possible points to carry Eastlake to a second-place finish in the sprints. He won the 100m in a personal-best 11.02, along with victories in the 200m (22.32), the triple jump (40-9.75); he also anchored Eastlake's 4x100m relay team.
- Lake Washington's Cooper Smith knocked nearly a second off his PR to win the 300m hurdles in 42.93. He also won the 110m hurdles in 16.50, another personal best.
Boys Field Performances
- Lake Washington sophomore Christopher Poole capped off a noteworthy season by winning the district shot put title. His throw of 45-11.5 was a personal record by almost two feet
- Redmond's Aaron Kim ended his senior year with a new personal best in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 13-06 to win the event
- Lake Washington senior Antonio Oliveri went out in style as well, setting a PR in the long jump with a leap of 20-11.5