Early results encouraging for Meadowdale | Track and field

By David Pan | Mar 29, 2018

The numbers are looking good for Meadowdale’s track and field teams.

After three meets, a number of Mavericks already are showing they have the potential to go far this season.

Senior Elias Lynch, a four-year standout, has posted fast times in the sprints and helped the 1,600-meter boys relay team to a strong performance last week at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The time of 3 minutes, 40.66 seconds, by Lynch, Jack Custer, Desley Love and Colin Knechtel is a solid one for this early in the season, Meadowdale coach Matt Vanni said.

“Jack put in a lot of h ard work over the winter and through the summer,” Vanni added. “He’s really come out shining at the start of the year.”

Custer has set personal records in the 200 and 400.

Knechtel, a standout distance runner, has switched it up with some shorter races.

“Colin has had a great start to the season,” Vanni said. “He’s actually done some sprint races. He’s doing very well, especially for a distance runner.”

Knechtel also finished seventh in the 800 at the Kent-Meridian Invitational.

Senior Matt Johnson is putting solid times in the hurdles and senior Benjamin Panasyuk has first and second place finishes in all three of the throwing events. He also took seventh in the shot put, 10th in the discus and 12th in the javelin at Kent-Meridian.

Junior Raymond Free, who placed 14th in the triple jump at last year’s state meet, already is in top form.

“He’s already looking like he did at the end of last year,” Vanni said.

Juniors Justin Merrill and senior Peter Wick are two other standout jumpers.

Standouts on the Meadowdale girls teams include junior Catherine Do, who has first and second place finishes in the hurdles. Senior Kiara Dailer also is a strong hurdler.

Senior Kiara Dailer is Mavericks’ top pole vaulter. Dailer tied a personal best of 8 feet at the Kent-Meridian Invitational. Sophomore Maya Dailer is right behind with a mark of 7-6.

“The kids are really starting to show what they can do,” Vanni said. “We should have a lot of talent coming up in the next couple of weeks.”

This story has been corrected. An earlier version had incorrect information about the pole vault.

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