Redemption, triumph for Warriors at 3A championships | Track and field

By Ian Davis-Leonard | May 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway senior Aaron Richardson placed seventh in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Edmonds-Woodway senior Aaron Richardson used his third and final appearance at the 3A state track and field championships as an opportunity for redemption.

After being disqualified from the 110-meter hurdles the previous two years, Richardson finished seventh in the race and grabbed seventh place in the 300 hurdles final, as well.

“I think that curse is still with me, hitting that second to last hurdle [in the 110-meter race], but I didn’t fall and I didn’t get disqualified so it’s the best feeling in the world right now,” Richardson said.

Despite the trials and tribulations of the previous seasons, it has all been worth it.

“I had an amazing career at Edmonds-Woodway, I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Richard son said.

Richardson wasn’t the only senior to revel in a day of success at the state meet. Seniors Yukino Parle culminated her track career with a first place showing in the 3,200 and Hannah Hicks also grabbed herself a state title in the long jump. (see stories on page 11)

The Warriors had more than just their senior athletes qualify for state events, during the three-days of competition at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Junior Stephanie Wroblewski competed against her teammate and the eventual state champion Parle in the 3,200. Wroblewski ran with Parle for much of the day Saturday and ultimately finished ninth.

Distance runners Grant Christian and Lucas Lacambra both qualified for state in the 800 with Christian grabbing a sixth place finish in his first appearance at state.

“[State’s] good, there’s a lot of people here, nerves, but it turned out really well,” Christian said.

Lacambra did not place in the 800, but ran in the 1,600 and took eighth-place in that event. Teammate Dylan Hartano finished 14th in the 1,600 and placed 11th in the 3,200, one place behind teammate Deyago Peraza who finished 10th in the event.

All four distance runners are only in their junior year at Edmonds-Woodway and will be returning for their senior seasons.

“There’s a lot of potential [at Edmonds-Woodway], just going to work harder next year,” Christian said.

In his first appearance at state, sophomore Chinedu Acholonu finished fifth in the 200 and placed seventh in the 100.

“Feels great man, being a 10th grader coming out here competing,” Acholonu said. “It just feels good.”

As for his hopes for next year, Acholonu said his goals was simple: “win state.”

Senior Tyler McAtee used his final appearance at state to grab a seventh-place finish in the discus.

Other Warriors to make an appearance at the state track meet included seniors Kameron Eck in the high jump and Savanna Girouard in the girls javelin. The junior pair of Vatoria Keyes and Isabella Eunson competed in the discus.

Meadowdale’s Raymond Free took 11th place in the boys triple-jump with a leap of 42 feet, 1 inch.

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