TACOMA — Two Skagit County athletes wrapped up their high school careers with top-three finishes Saturday at the Class 2A track and field meet, and the Burlington-Edison boys landed in the top five overall.
The Tigers’ Taino Ferdinand capped a three-day meet that already included a high-jump title and a second-place finish in the long jump with a third-place performance in the triple jump. In the girls’ meet, Anacortes distance runner Saville Feist battled an especially competitive field for a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
Ferdinand’s best mark at Mount Tahoma High School was 43 feet, 7 inches; the two jumpers who finished ahead of him included defending state champion Bryan Tavera of Ridgefield (45-1 1/4) and winner Jared Hathaway of East Valley (Spokane), who won with a 45-9 1/4.
Feist finished third in the 3,200 with a time of 10 minutes, 55.88 seconds. The event was won by Bellingham’s Annika Reiss, whose 10:47.77 set an event record.
“She reset her school record by another 12 seconds,” Seahawks coach Brad Templeton said. “I can’t imagine that one being broken for 20 or 30 years.”
Feist placed second in the 1,600 earlier in the meet.
Buoyed by a few more finalists Saturday, Burlington-Edison tied for fifth place overall with Woodland among boys’ teams. Both teams scored 36 points. Sequim won the title with 61 points.
“It was a really outstanding way to end an outstanding season. We had a lot of close-knit seniors who played a big role in our success,” Burlington-Edison coach Kevin Gudgel said.
The Tigers’ 1,600-meter relay team of Dane Hansen, Bode Brewer, Michael Larson and Connor Nelson finished fourth overall in 3:27.34. Nelson earned his third medal of the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles (40.39); he’d previously earned a medal in the 100 hurdles.
In the girls’ 2A meet, Audrey Knutson of Burlington-Edison placed eighth in the pole vault (10-0), matching a personal best. The Tigers’ 1,600-meter relay team of Lexy Watson, Emma Smith, Vivien Verrue and Sydney Resiner placed sixth in 4:10.14.
Anacortes standout Skye Hopper placed sixth in the triple jump (34-9 3/4). Templeton said the Western Washington University-bound senior had been slowed by illness and injury.
“She made it to state and had some good jumps,” he said. “She’s a battler and she battled back.”
Class 4A State Championships
TACOMA — After winning a state title in the shot put on Friday, the Bulldogs’ Daniel Carrillo followed it with a top-five performance in the discus. He took fifth place with a throw of 151-6.
Mount Vernon sophomore Kalyssa DeLaFuente took eighth place in the 400 dash, finishing in 59.89.