Meadowdale’s Free excels in triple jump | Track and field

Apr 25, 2019

Meadowdale senior Raymond Free appears on track to make his third straight appearance at the 3A state track and field championships.

Free finished second in the boys triple jump at the 31st annual Eason Invitational Saturday, April 20, at Snohomish High School.

The Maverick standout, who also played football and basketball, had a jump of 43 feet, 11 inches. David Davydenko of 4A Sumner won the event with a mark of 46-9.75.

“He struggled a little bit with the triple jump,” Meadowdale coach Matt Vanni said. “He struck through it and adjusted.”

Free finished 11th at state in 2018 and was 14th in 2017. Free produced his best mark of the season, 45-5.5, at a Wesco meet on April 11. Free has three first-place and one second place finish in the long jump in four Wesco meets. His best long jump is 22-2 in the same April 11 meet.

“We’re hoping to take him in the triple and long jump this year,” Vanni said. “He’s been more consistent this year than in years past. … He’s an amazing athlete.”

Senior Catherine Do finished 22nd in the girls 300 hurdles in 50.74 seconds (season record).

“She’s looking like she’s going to peak at the perfect time this season,” Vanni said.

Vanni added that others on the girls team to watch as the postseason approaches included senior Jocelyn Prunier in the 100 hurdles and the pole vault, junior Sesley Love in the 400, freshman Kelsey Love in the sprints, freshman Julia Reitan in the sprints and freshman Sonja Amy in the distance events and high jump.

On the boys team, Vanni is looking forward to seeing Matthew Hartono and Brayden Kautzman in the jumps, sophomore Sam Lybeer in the sprints, freshman Isaac Carson in the sprints and 400 and freshman Deklund DeBell in the hurdles and distance races.

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