SEATTLE – During the same three day stretch that the Husky track team spent in Fayetteville, Ark. qualifying 13 athletes for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Washington State Track & Field Championships were being held at Mount Tahoma High School, and a number of future Huskies capped their prep careers in style with state titles. The Husky commits combined for 10 individual titles in all.
One of the biggest point scorers in the state was Arlington High School product Lyndsay Leatherman, who won her first two 4A state titles and took second in a third event for 28 points on her own. Leatherman set career-bests in both the discus (142-0) and the javelin (146-6) to win both events, and took second in the shot put at 41-11 ¾.
Maple Valley native Denham Patricelli defended his state title in the 4A boys javelin, going 204-6 at Mount Tahoma to win by nearly 12 feet. He won every meet he competed in this year, throwing a PR of 210-3 in April which ranks seventh nationally. Patricelli will join a group of Husky javelin throwers that put three in the top-13 at West Prelims last weekend.
Hannah Derby of Bellarmine Prep completed a remarkable four-year reign as the 400-meter state champ, winning the 4A title in 55.69 seconds. That came on the same day that she took third in the 800-meter finals running 2:10.03.
One of the two runners that finished ahead of Derby in the 800-meters final was Rose Christen. The Central Kitsap runner had one of the best weekends in state meet history, and yet she came away without a title, as an underclassman set a national high school record in the 1,600-meters in front of Christen, and also a state meet record in the 800-meters.
Christen’s 800-meter time also crushed the old state meet record, as she went 2:05.64, which now ranks No. 4 in the U.S. this year. That time would also be the No. 2 time in UW school history. In the 1,600-meter final, Christen was second behind the fastest 1,600-meters ever run in high school, as she went 4:49.43.
At the 3A level, distance standout Megan Beauchene cleaned up with victories in the 1,600-meters and the 3,200-meters. Her win at 1,600-meters was a hard-earned win in 4:48.42. She followed that with the long distance win in 10:34.52, the fastest across all divisions. They are the first state titles for the Kamiakin product, as Beauchene finished second in two events last year to current Husky Amy-Eloise Neale.
Yet another outstanding weekend came from Eisenhower senior Drew Schreiber. The future Dawg rolled to a win in the 4A 1,600-meters in an outstanding time of 4:07.32, the fastest across all divisions. That time jumps him up to No. 8 in the nation this year. He then followed that up with a victory in the 800-meters final in a time of 1:51.75.
One of the most recent Husky commits is hurdler Eric Simpson out of Rogers-Puyallup High School. Simpson successfully defended his 110-meter hurdles 4A state title in 14.16 seconds. He then won the first 300-meter hurdles title of his career, clocking a PR by more than a second with a time of 37.78 seconds.
Incoming pole vaulter Madi Krussow cleared a 12-6 bar in the 2A final, but had to settle for runner-up as the Squalicum senior was edged out by a teammate that went 13-feet.
Outside of the northwest, at the South Dakota state meet, standout thrower Jack Lembcke racked up a pair of state titles, winning the shot put with a toss of 60-0 ¾ , and dominating the discus with a 179-9 throw.