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Auburn area athletes earn podium spots at state | Prep track and field
Brittni Williams, Maddie Taylor and Gavin Robertson led the way for Auburn schools at the state Class 3A and 4A track and field championships this past weekend at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.
Taylor, an Auburn Mountainview senior, tied for second in the 3A high jump with a height of 5 feet, 4 inches. Kamiakin's Andrea Stapleton won the title at 5-8.
For Taylor – who will attend the University of Montana next year but has yet to make up her mind about turning out for the Grizzlies track team – grabbing second was a pleasant surprise.
“I wasn’t trying to look at placement,” Taylor said. “I was just trying to PR. My goal was not about placing. I said over and over in my head that I didn’t care about placing. I just wanted 5-4 or over.”
Taylor – who placed eighth in the high jump at state last season – said the key to her success was her mindset.
“Just being there, I really enjoyed it more this time,” Taylor said. “Last year, I just put too much pressure on myself. This year, I concentrated on having fun while I was doing it.”
For the Auburn Mountainview boys, Robertson, a sophomore, was fourth in the triple jump (42-9 1/2). Lincoln's Ahmaad Rorie grabbed the title (47-2 3/4).
Robertson, who said it took him about half the season to make a full mental commitment to the team, said, while pleased with his performance, he can do better.
“I expected to do pretty good, and I did pretty good,” he said. “I didn’t expect fourth-place, but I wanted to have a better jump than I did.”
Robertson was also a member of the Lions' 400-meter relay, which finished ninth in 44.02. Bellevue won the event (41.79).
Also earning points for Auburn Mountainview was senior Rachel Greve, who was sixth in the javelin (118-7). Freshman Molly House was 15th in the 300 hurdles (49.06).
The 400 relay team, composed of Taylor, Vasina, Noami Maya-Mendoza and Malia Brudvik, finished 13th (51.12), with Holy Names racing to the title in 48.19.
For the Auburn Mountainview boys, junior Keegan Provo climbed 12 feet to finish 13th in the boys pole vault. Senior Viktoriya Vasina was ninth in the long jump (16-0 1/2) and 10th in the triple jump (35-4).
Malachi Fowler finished 14th in shot put (45-9 1/2).
The Lions were 27th with eight points in the boys field, with Bellevue scoring 73 points to win the state title. The Auburn Mountainview girls finished 22nd in with 10 points. Kamiakin finished first with 123 points.
In the 4A competition, Auburn Riverside junior Brittni Williams brought home second place in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 10 1/4 inches. Danielle Agoh, a senior from Tahoma, won the event (37-10 1/4).
Williams finished 11th in the long jump with a mark of 16-6 1/2.In the boys 4A field, Auburn Riverside senior Josh Turner finished ninth in 110 hurdles (14.95).
The Auburn Riverside girls were 27th in the team competition with eight points.Federal Way won the boys and girls 4A titles with 73 and 72 points, respectively.