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Day one results from KingCo track championships
After the first day of the KingCo track and field championship on Wednesday, the qualifiers will prepare for events on Friday, May 11. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with the girls 3A javelin competition.
The top eight in each event earned spots in the finals on Friday, with a chance at competing in the SeaKing district meet next week.
As a team, the Mercer Island boys were in the third place after the first day of competition. The Islanders had 13 points, with Bellevue leading with 66 points. The Mercer Island girls were in fourth place after Wednesday's meet with 22 points. Liberty led with 39.
In the 110 meter hurdles Mercer Island was represented by John Gallagher, Max Tilden, Espen Platou and Greyson Weltyk, none of whom qualified for the finals. Gallagher finished 10th in the prelims, while the rest finished 11th through 13 respectively.
Michele Day earned a fifth place finish in the girls 100 meter hurdles event, to qualify for the finals, while teammate Shannon Cavanaugh was 12th in 18.75 seconds.
Mercer Island senior Nicholas Sinclair posted a 11.49 second race in the 100 meter dash, to finish in fourth place, while Risley Lesko was eighth overall earning the final spot in the finals. Teammates Joshua Wong and Ethan Vu did not advance to the finals.
In the girls 100 meter race, Lauren Emick was sixth overall with a 13.49 qualifying time. Teammates Adrienne Emick and Lorial Yeadon raced, but did not qualify for the next round.
In the boys 1,600 meter event finals, Nathan Cummings, a sophomore, finished sixth overall in 4:35.08, while Daniel Mayer took 10th. Mercer Island senior Joey Chiang was 16th overall in the race. In the girls event, Alida Scalzo finished second overall in 5:17.93, exactly two seconds behind Megan Chucka from Liberty. Laura Brindley was eighth in 5:33.63 to earn a point for the team. Lindsay Benster finished in 12th place and Linden Elggren was 13th overall.
The boys 400 meter preliminary race featured Mercer Island's Dylan Lesko, a freshman, claiming the final qualifying spot in 54.95 seconds. On the girls side, Lauren Emick was fifth to qualify, while Adrienne Emick and Joelle Antilla finished 11th and 12th.
In the 300 meter hurdles race no Mercer Island participant made the finals, with Platou finishing in 13th place. Day just missed the cut in the girls 300 hurdles event, finishing ninth with a 51.88 time. Teammate Marissa Tuttle-Roach finished in 14th place.
Eric Schulz, a sophomore, finished second in the 800 meter race, finishing with a 1:58.01 time. The winner, Hiron Redman of Liberty, finished in 1:57.59. Kyle Weiss took 11th overall.
Mercer Island sophomore Sarah Bjanason was first overall in the girls 800 meter race. She finished in 2:23.37, almost three full seconds ahead of the second place finisher from Liberty. Teammate Elggren was 11th overall, while Teresa Vu took 16th.
Sinclair earned the No. 5 spot in the 200 meter race, qualifying for the finals in 23.09. Jeff Lindquist was seventh and Ethan Vu was eighth.
Mercer Island's Latrevian Saunders was 15th overall in the girls 200 meter race, in 30.14.
Sinclair finished fourth overall in the boys long jump. He jumped 20 feet 10 inches to earn five points for the team. Teammate Risley Lesko was sixth with a 19'09 leap, while Lindquist was seventh overall with a 19'07 jump.
In the girls long jump, Yeadon finished fourth with a 15'05 jump, while Emily Lightfoot finished in 14th.
Carly Andersen was second overall in the discus throw with her finals throw of 106 feet and five inches. Christina Doctor was ninth overall, a four way tie with a throw of 67'05 and freshman Katherine Hendrickson was 15th.