Grizzly runners go the distance at state championships | Track and field

By Ian Davis-Leonard | Jun 01, 2018

Glacier Peak’s track team found much of its success at the 4A state championships courtesy of its distance runners.

In an event that was top heavy with young talent, including having three competitors with top-100 nationally ranked times, Glacier Peak junior Riley McDowell, finished third in the 3,200.

“Our entire junior class is just so many outstanding athletes it’s insane,” McDowell said.

While McDowell had hoped for a better finish in the event, he also placed fifth in the 1,600 and will still have one more season to chase a championship.

With potentially lofty expectations for his senior year, McDowell has a simpler goal for himself.

“Just to run as hard as I can and to not die,” McDowell said.

He will by joined for his senior season by other Grizzly runners who qualified for state before their senior season, including junior Brooke Wallace who qualified in the 800, freshman Aaliyah Collins who ran in the 200, junior Katherine Potts who placed seventh in discus and Madison Rubino, a freshman, who was 14th in high jump.

Like McDowell, sophomore Aviry Stratton competed in both the 1,600 and 3,200 finals. She grabbed two top-10 finishes to wrap-up her weekend at state, after finishing in eighth and fourth, respectively.

The girls 1,600 girls relay capped off its season with a third-place finish.

Seniors Elena Willems and Nicholas Mullineux-Perrault each competed in the finals of the 800 to conclude their high school careers.

On the girls’ side, Willems was facing nationally ranked competition but closed the race strong and finished third.

“It doesn’t scare me too much running against them, because I know I am capable of running with them,” Willems said.

The race served as a swan song for Willems, who finished with a personal best time.

“It feels sad, it’s over, I really enjoyed high school and it’s over now, but I’m glad I went out with a PR,” she said.

Mullineux-Perrault was satisfied by just being able to compete in the 800 on the boys’ side. He took home a fourth-place medal after taking a “little bit of a chance,” near the end of the race that caused him to slip from his position in second.

“I’m happy I could get fourth and run with the guys I know,” Mullineux-Perrault said.

Glacier Peak’s Davis Mattingly and Elbert Johnson IV also closed their careers at the state meet. Mattingly finished 17th in the high jump and Johnson placed 11th in the discus.

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