Veteran distance crew leads Edmonds-Woodway | Track and field

Warrior trio expected to be contenders at state meet
By David Pan | Mar 29, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Stephanie Wroblewski and Olivia Meader-Yetter run in the 1,600-meter race Thursday, March 22, at Edmonds Stadium. Wroblewski and Meader-Yetter both advanced to state in the 1,600 and 3,200.

The Edmonds-Woodway girls track and field team is hoping that the best is yet to come for its distance crew.

Coming off a second-place finish at the state cross country championships last fall, the Warriors are looking to send three runners back to the state meet and all three – senior Yukino Parle and juniors Olivia Meader-Yetter and Stephanie Wroblewski – are more than capable of coming home with a trove of hardware.

“I think all three of them are going to earn medals this year,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Rick Fillman said.

Parle finished second in the 3,200-meter race and placed eighth in the 1,600 at last year’s state meet. Two years ago, Parle won the 3,200 title and last fall she finished second at the state cross country championships.

Fillman noted that Parle is focusing on her improving her speed during the early part of the season. The senior standout ran a 61.4 split in the 1,600 relay, which is three to four seconds faster than what she’s run in the past at the start of the season.

“She’s faster than she’s has ever been in her career,” Fillman said.

At some point this season, Parle will take a shot at setting a school record in the 800. She already holds records in the 1,600 and 3,200.

“It’s going to be extremely exciting to see ultimately what she’s going to be able to do,” Fillman said. “She’s rocking along in everything she’s doing.”

Meader-Yetter, who placed sixth in the 1,600 and eighth in the 3,200 at state, and Wroblewski, who finished 13th in the 1,600 and ninth in the 3,200, have started out the season well.

“Olivia, she’s running there with Yuki and Stephanie is just a couple of steps behind them,” Fillman said. “It’s nice to have a group like that because they help each other. Just that constant practicing with somebody like that helps. … They’re friends but yet they push each other. Every day they’re getting a little bit stronger and better because the others are there, rather than having to do it on your own.”

Meader-Yetter and Wroblewski placed fourth and fifth, respectively, at the state cross country championships.

Senior Hannah Hicks, who placed seventh in the long jump at state, also is back and is looking to set a school record in the event. Hicks’ best leap of 17 feet, 5.25 inches is just .25 inches short of the record.

Younger sister Kyra, a sophomore, is showing promise in the triple jump, Fillman said. She’s already jumped 34-.75 this season.

“I would definitely not be surprised at all to have both Hannah and Kyra qualify for state,” Fillman said.

The Edmonds-Woodway girls won the league title for the first time in 30 years and also captured their first-ever district title last season. The Warriors finished fifth at state, the highest in school history.

Senior Aaron Richardson is the top returner on the boys team. Richardson advanced to the state in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He took eighth in the 300 hurdles and was leading in his 110 preliminary heat when he slipped and fell to the ground.

Richardson has started the season strong.

“In the two hurdle races he’s probably had the two clean races I’ve seen him put together,” Fillman said. “We’re working with his speed … getting him out a little harder and a little faster.”

The Warrior boys are coming off their first league title in 15 years.

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