AT A GLANCE: Redmond prep track and field
By TIM WATANABE
Redmond Reporter Sports Reporter
March 23, 2012 · 10:59 AM
REDMOND HIGH - GIRLS
• Head coach: Denis Villeneuve, 18th season
• Last year: 11-0 in 4A Kingco; 6th at district meet, 15th at 4A state meet
• 2012 turnout: 50
• Sr. Katie Lord: After finishing runner-up in the high jump last spring, the defending league and district champ has her sights set on gold this year.
• Sr. Kate Smiley: Key member of the state relays last year is the team’s best sprinter.
• Sr. Jessica Kinssies: Kingco champion in the shot put and discus will look to make Star Track for the first time.
• Sr. Allie Nichols, Jr. Lila Rice: Pair of cross country runners will represent the Mustangs well in the distance (1,600, 3,200 meter) races.
• Sr. Bailey Whitaker, Jr. Mandy Rusch: Both are sprinters that will contribute on the track.
• Soph. Kelsey Dunn: Will complement Nichols and Rice in the distance running department after finishing ninth at the state cross country meet last fall.
• Redmond at Skyline, Thursday, April 19, 4 p.m.: The always-deep Spartans will be the Mustangs’ toughest opponent this season. Will be a good test to see how close the squads are as the postseason nears.
AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Sarah Lord - Boston College
Jenny Light - Santa Clara University
Devin McMahon - Cornell University
REDMOND HIGH - BOYS
• Head coach: David Peabody, 5th year
• Last year: 2-9 in 4A Kingco; 11th in league, 4-9 overall
• 2012 turnout: 80
• Sr. Max Dunn: Team captain and Kingco placer last year in the high jump and 800 meters has a good shot to make the state meet.
• Soph. Alex Binkerd: Rookie of the year in 2011, a sprint specialist that placed at Kingco as a freshman.
• Sr. Nikolaj LaCour: Mustang football wide receiver is one of the team’s fastest sprinters.
• Jr. Jonathan Stevens, Sr. Milo Wilkes: Pair of cross country runners will represent the Mustangs well in the distance (1,600, 3,200 meter) races.
• Srs. Tim Landowski, Paul DeWater: Mustang field captains will lead by example. Landowski placed 10th in the discus last year at Kingco.
• Srs. Gabe Williams, Keegan Farley: Pair of first-year senior throwers will be a threat in the postseason. Farley also will be running the 400.
• Redmond vs. Eastlake, LW, Juanita, Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m. at Lake Washington: Besides the traditional Mustangs-Wolves rivalry, Juanita also has a very strong program at the 3A level – a good matchup in the final meet before the Kingco Championships.
DID YOU KNOW?
While other teams struggled with turnout this spring, Peabody’s boys team didn’t have that problem – their turnout of 80 is one of the biggest ever, and double what it was last year.
AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Dan Sanders - University of Washington
Aiden Irish - University of Portland
Cole Hardwick- Northern Arizona
Mack Young - Washington State Univ.
BEAR CREEK SCHOOL
• Head coach: Scott Wright, 6th season
• 2012 turnout: 38
KEY RETURNERS - BOYS
• Sr. Lucas Fernandez: All-state basketball player finished 14th in the 100 meters at state last year, and also bolstered the team’s 400 relay.
• Sr. Mark Phillips: One of the state’s best soccer players, he was also a key member of the Grizzlies’ 400 relay squad.
• Soph. Stan Leszynski: Great young pole vaulter cleared 10 feet at state last year as a freshman, to place 11th.
• Sr. Steven Sacia, OF: Versatile player and speedy top-of-the-lineup threat will be team’s utility man.
KEY RETURNERS - GIRLS
• Sr. Madelyn Magee: Two-time defending state high jump champion looks for the trifecta in her senior year.
• Sr. Morgan Rial: Three-sport athlete placed third at state in the 400 meters and was a key member of the Grizzly relays.
• Sr. Elizabeth Fernandez: Another big part of the sprint relays that made the finals in 2011.
• Sr. Joy Twentyman: State finalist in the 3,200 meters hopes to better her 16th-place finish from last year.
• King’s Invitational, Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at King’s School: Mid-season event always showcases the league’s top talent.
DID YOU KNOW?
Madelyn Magee’s best high jump of 5 feet, 8 inches - a mark she has reached five times at official meets, shattered her own Bear Creek School record and was the second-highest jump in the state in any high school division.
“We’re loaded with lots of returning talent lead by a strong senior class, with a young group of talented freshman and sophomores. Looking to once again be well-represented at the league, district, and state meet.” — Grizzlies’ coach Scott WrightContact Redmond Reporter Sports Reporter Tim Watanabe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 867-0353, ext. 5054.