E-W runner dominates the South distance races
By Mike Cane
EDMONDS - It\'s a great feeling to be on top of your game and yet know that there\'s still plenty left in the tank.
Welcome to Kate Southcote-Want\'s world.
\"I feel fast, and I feel like I have more in me,\" said Southcote-Want, an Edmonds-Woodway junior who completed a distance sweep by winning the 1,600-meter race in five minutes, 13.45 seconds Friday during the Western Conference South Division girls track and field championships at Edmonds District Stadium.
Southcote-Want won the 3,200 in 11:19.45 Wednesday and ran the third leg of E-W\'s first-place 1,600 relay Friday. The crimson-haired standout also excels in cross country - she placed 13th at the Class 4A state meet this past fall.
Which sport does she like better?
\"I love \'em both,\" Southcote-Want said. \"Whatever season it is, that\'s my favorite.\"
Speaking of favorites, Southcote-Want will be among the top contenders at next week\'s 4A district meet at Stanwood High. The top 13 4A athletes in each divisional event advanced to 4A districts, with winners automatically making the finals. All non-disqualified relay teams also moved on.
The top 3A finishers (from Lynnwood and Shorecrest) advanced to the 3A district meet Wednesday and Friday at Shoreline Stadium. Several Wesco 3A athletes can qualify for districts depending how they stack up against Northwest League and Cascade Conference counterparts.
Lauren Sego (javelin - 127 feet, 6 inches), Caroline Soules (high jump, 5-2) and Hanna Schliephake (100 hurdles, 16.41) won events to help Shorewood (199 points) win its fifth straight Wesco South championship.
Other individual double-winners were Cori Moore of Everett (400 and 800) and Meadowdale\'s Latrina Woods. Moore won her final 400 of the season in 58.36 and won her marquee event, the 800, in 2:19.86.
Moore, who will focus on the latter event the rest of the season, seeks a state title and said a different training approach has left her feeling fresh.
Meadowdale\'s Woods continues to excel in her first season of high school track. She won the 100 in 12.79 and blew away the 200 field in 26.16, beating the second-place finisher by 1.23 seconds. She also anchored the Mavericks\' winning 800 relay.
Woods, who was dismissed from the Meadowdale hoops team for violating district rules this past winter, said she tried track \"to stay in shape because I want to play basketball in college.\" Of her newfound running success, Woods said, \"I guess one door closes and another one opens.\"
Lynnwood senior Caitlin Bonney said she made progress in her quest for a 300 hurdles state title. Bonney, who won the event in 46.29 and also took third in the 100 hurdles, said she was on personal-record pace through the first five hurdles in her 300 prelim. \"That\'s what I\'m gonna need to win state,\" said Bonney, a Washington State University soccer recruit.
At Edmonds Stadium
Team scores-1. Shorewood 199, 2. Edmonds-Woodway 104, 3. Everett 95.5, 4. Meadowdale 91, 5. Lynnwood 83.5, 6. Jackson 82, 7. Shorecrest 70, 8. Kamiak 69, 9. Mountlake Terrace 33.
3,200-Southcote-Want (E-W) 11:19.45*; 100 hurdles-Schliephake (Shw) 16.41; 100-Woods (Me) 12.79; 1,600-Southcote-Want (E-W) 5:13.45; 400 relay-Edmonds-Woodway 50.99; 400-Moore (Ev) 58.36; 800-Moore (Ev) 2:19.86; 200-Woods (Me) 26.16; 300 hurdles-Bonney (L) 46.29; 800 relay-Meadowdale 1:47.01; 1,600 relay-Edmonds-Woodway 4:08.85; Javelin-Sego (Shw) 127-6; Discus-Ozog (Shw) 113-2*; Triple jump-Kingma (J) 35-5; Shot put-Oyetuga (Ev) 34-11.5; High jump-Soules (Shw) 5-2; Long jump-Spiedel (Shc) 16-8*; Pole vault-Fjeran (K) 10-0.