CHENEY — Gabe Taylor and his Mount Vernon Christian track and field teammates enjoyed three good days at Eastern Washington University.
The senior won four individual Class 1B state titles and the Hurricanes took their third consecutive team title. Overall, it’s the program’s fifth championship; the Hurricanes also won in 2001 and 2005.
Taylor was dominant in the sprints Saturday, winning the 100 (11.59 seconds), 200 (22.68) and 400 (50.27).
Add in his triple jump title Friday, and he is the first boy athlete in the 35-year history of the Mount Vernon Christian program to win four individual titles at a state track and field meet.
Only Carla van Rooyen has pulled off the feat among the Mount Vernon Christian girls, doing so in 2014.
“We knew he could do it,” Mount Vernon Christian coach Linda Gudmunson said. “He’s just been so smooth and so fast, and he’s gotten better week after week.”
At the meet, Taylor set the school record in the 100 and broke his school record in the 200 that he set the week before.
The MVC boys scored 82 points to top runner-up Pope John Paul 2 by 12 points.
Also winning titles Saturday was senior hurdler Micah Hays, who took the 110 in 15.72 and the 300 in 41.19. He also won the 110 in 2018.
Other top-eight finishers were Austin Lazar in the 3,200 (fifth, 10:30.38), Joshua Gerrish in the 800 (seventh, 2:12.96), Jonathan Myers in the 300 hurdles (seventh, 44.58), and the 1,600 relay team of Myers, Peter Opp, Hays and Noah Lubbers (second, 3:37.70).
“It was a great meet for everybody,” Gudmunson said. “We really didn’t lose ground (from qualifying). Everyone performed as they were supposed to or outperformed.”
In the girls’ meet, Mount Vernon Christian had three strong relay finishes.
The Hurricanes’ Mali Stogner, Emma Symmank, Lilly Bridge and Sydney Sharkey placed third in the 400 (52.13) and fourth in the 800 (1:51.19), while the team of Symmank, Lauren Wheeler, Sophia Schmaus and Sharkey was fifth in the 1,600 (4:28.61).
Finishing in the top eight in individual events for the Hurricanes were Symmank in the 300 hurdles (fifth, 49.81), Stogner in the 100 (seventh, 13.63), Maddy Nielsen in the 3,200 (eighth, 13:12.10) and Lauren Wheeler in the 800 (eighth, 2:41.11).
The Mount Vernon Christian girls placed eighth as a team.
Class 2B State Championships
CHENEY — La Conner’s Matty Lagerwey wrapped up her high school career with her sixth state track and field title.
The senior easily won the girls’ long jump as her mark of 18 feet, 4 3/4 inches was well beyond the 16-10 1/2 turned in by runner-up Nina Fraser of Northwest Christian (Lacey).
Lagerwey also finished fifth Saturday in the 100 (13.18 seconds).
The long jump title added to the ones she won in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and to triple jump titles claimed in 2018 and 2019.
La Conner also had a fourth-place finish from Morgan Herrera in the girls’ shot put (36-8 1/2) and a sixth-place finish from its 800 girls’ relay team (1:51.80).
In the boys’ meet, La Conner’s Noah Lee had a pair of strong finishes, taking sixth in the 200 (23.10) and seventh in the 100 (11.72).
Also posting top-eight finishes for the La Conner boys were Arjuna Adams in the 300 hurdles (sixth, 42.63), Andre Knudson in the 800 (seventh, 2:04.64), Josh Jolly in the triple jump (sixth, 40-2) and the 400 relay team of Adams, Lee, Gavin Brown and Mason Murdock (third, 45.03).
In team scoring, La Conner was seventh among girls’ team and 16th among boys’ teams.