Track team braves weather at KingCo

By Matt Phelps

Both the boys and girls track and field teams will advance to the Sea-King district meet. The teams move on despite the dismal 3A KingCo meet and the athletes being hampered by rain, wind and lighting. The meet was stopped more than once on Wednesday due to lighting, but was completed Friday at East Lake High School.

Boys track and field

The boys team earned the fifth and final spot to districts with a score of 85 team points. Newport took first place with a score of 173, followed by Mount Si (105), Liberty (86) and Bellevue (86).

One of the biggest surprises of the meet came in a familiar form. Over the past four years Brandon Fellows and Brian Govier have battled to be Mercer Island's top runner. Fellows, who was accustomed to winning during the two seniors' freshman and sophomore seasons in cross country, has taken a back seat to Govier the past two years.

``We have fun out there,'' said Fellows. ``It is not about beating Brian, it's about getting the best time possible. But it does make it more fun.''

Fellows pulled away from his friend during the final stretch of the 1,600 meters to take first at the 3A KingCo meet with a time of 4:17.17. Fellows finished in a time of 4:17.63.

``I don't think he saw me coming,'' said Fellows. ``I don't care as much about the mile as I do about the two mile and he is not in that event.''

Fellows also took first in the two mile (3,200 meters) with a time of 9:27.35. Islander Rory McGee finished just behind Fellows in second place with a time of 9:47.00.

Govier had no problems taking first in the 800 meters (1:53.95).

Mercer Island had a strong tandem in the long jump. Both qualified to compete at districts. Islander Naoya Suzuki leapt to a distance of 19-feet 10-inches, good enough for third place over all. Islander Yannick Mathews took fourth with a jump of 19-feet 8-inches. Suzuki also placed fourth in the triple jump (39-feet 6-inches).

Both the 4X400 meter and 4X100 meter relay teams qualified for districts.

Girls track and field

The Mercer Island girls track and field team finished the 3A KingCo meet in fourth place with a score of 87 team points. Issaquah took first place (139), followed by Newport (104.25) and Bellevue (101.25).

Mercer Island was led by sophomore Laura Vogel, who took first in two events. Vogel ran through the rain during the 400 meters to capture first place with a time of 58.62. During the 200 meters, Vogel barely beat an Issaquah opponent to take first with a time of 26.59. On Friday, Vogel qualified for districts with a third place finish in the long jump (16-feet 10-inches).

Islander Anna Larsen finished second (48.27), while McKay Duer was fourth (49.55) during the finals of the 300 hurdles. Madeline O'Meara will compete at districts in two individual events became she finished second in the 3,200 meters (11:00.49) and fourth in the 1,600 meters (5:09.27). Islander Lynne Tempest finished the 1,600 just behind O'Meara (5:11.23) to make the cut for the Sea-King meet. Tempest also finished third in the 800 meters (2:18).

Anastasia Watson took third for the Islanders in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.17 and both the 4X100 and 4X400 meter relay teams qualified to run at districts.

The district meet will be held at the South West Center complex in West Seattle today and Friday.

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