KING'S TRACK WINS 16TH TEAM STATE TITLE, JACKSON AND PERRY WIN TITLES

2017 adds another Track State Title to King's Track team. This time the boys team won scoring 67 points over the 50 points of Deer Park. This the the 8th Team Title since 2005 which equals the 8 titles that the King's girls team has won. The 16 total team titles is the most of any team in the state of Washington.

The boys team was lead by Caleb Perry as he defended his title in the 100 meters into a strong head wind. In the prelims of the 100 meter, Caleb broke the state meet record with a time of 10.77 but it was slightly wind aided. Caleb also won the 200 meters, ran first leg on the winning 4*400 relay team and anchored a thrilling come from behind victory with the 4*100 relay. The 4*100 relay team of Brennon Blevins, Silas Newby, Nii Ingmann and Caleb Perry were looking to break the school record but after some iffy hand offs and a huge come from behind win, they were happy with the victory. The 4*400 relay team of Caleb Perry, Connor McElmurry, Silas Newby and Matt Jackson finished 2nd last year and made up for it with a wire to wire victory and the second fastest time in state meet history.

Matt Jackson ran down the state meet 800 meter record holders in a thrilling lean at the tape for a huge win, a huge personal record and the second fastest time in state meet history (1:53.89).

Luke Wicks broke the long standing school record with a pole vault of 14'3 placing second. Chewy Zevenbergen placed 5th in the high jump in his first trip to state. Pierce Papke placed 6th in the 300 meter hurdles in his first trip to state. Peter Kulits placed 6th in triple jump in his 3rd trip to state.

While the boys team was favored to win, the girls team surprised everyone by placing 3rd. The girls scored 40 points to finish close to Lakeside's 51 points in 1st. The girls were led by Maddie Neilsen who placed 3rd in high jump and 4th in triple jump. Emma Culberson placed 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles in a personal record of 46.20 and 6th in the 100 meter hurdles. Tirzah Pilet placed 4th in discus with a personal record of 120'4. Naomi Smith placed 4th in the 1600 meters and 4th in the 3200 meters in a new school record of 11:09.70 . A great showing for the girls team all competing strong in the 90 degree heat.