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Mercer Island fares well at meet with Juanita, Lake Washington | Track & Field
By Heidi Seaborn
Special to the Reporter
The Mercer Island High School track and field team traveled to Juanita for the league match-up against Lake Washington and Juanita last Thursday. The final away meet proved highly competitive for all teams, with many stand-out performances for the Islanders.
“The team is really coming together and showing what they can do. In this meet, we put some of our athletes into new events and they performed really well,” said head coach Lezley Smith. “This was a good meet for us to work on our technique and push on personal performances.”
Islander sophomore athletes ruled the day: Alida Scalzo blew away all competition in the girls’ 3,200-meter with a time of 11:59.30. Sara Bjarnason won the 800-meter in 2:26. Michele Day swept first in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Eric Schulz and Daniel Mayer put on a great show as they sped neck-and-neck to the finish of the 1,600-meter, Schulz edging Mayer out with times of 4:38.10 and 4:39.00, respectively. Sarah Lindquist, competing for the first time this year, triple-jumped a respectable 30-10.00 for second place. Ethan Vu ran an 11.40 in the 100-meter to win the JV — a time that would have tied him for third in the varsity 100-meter.
When it came to field events, the Islander upper classmen dominated their events. Seniors Peter Brockway and Ken Ng took first and second in the javelin and Carly Andersen and Lauren Ellis did the same in the girls’ javelin. Carly also took top honors in discus with a throw of 90-00, crushing the field. Junior Espen Platou won the pole vault and senior Jeff Lindquist came in second in the high jump. Track newcomer Lorial Yeadon had a great rookie outing with a second in the Long Jump and a third in the 200-meter. Risley Lesko, a junior, surprised himself with a huge long jump of 20-00.50, taking first over team mate Nicky Sinclair. Sinclair also took second in the 100-meter to Travis Marshall from Juanita.
Mercer Island returns home for the rest of the season, hosting the always competitive Bellevue this Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. at the Mercer Island High School track.