West Central District Athletics Competition Results

As good as he was in the sprints this week at the 3A/4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Athletics meet held at French Field in Kent this week, Jaylen McCabe thinks his best event contains more ‘obstacles.

Ten more obstacles, be specific.

“I’m mostly here for the hurdles,” McCabe said. “That’s my main spiel. But it’s always a plus to finish that. It is clearly good. I can’t wait to see the time. If the weather is good, I will be even happier.

The Silas senior added his third individual bidistrict title on Friday, Day 2 of the district meet. He swept the curve and raced down the straight in Kent, winning his heat and the overall 200m title with a time of 22.21 seconds.

This is in addition to the pair of bi-district championships McCabe won on day one Wednesday, the 100 meters and his specialty – the 110 high hurdles. The shorter of the two hurdles events, McCabe took to high hurdles almost from the start of his track career, in sixth grade.

“I started to really get into it in ninth grade,” McCabe said. “But it was hard to keep going (hurdles) because of Covid and everything. This is my first full year. It’s great to see how far I’ve come in this.

McCabe currently has the third fastest time in high hurdles so far this season in the state – a 13.96 achieved on May 4. He won the bidistrict event on Wednesday with a 14.04.

The longer obstacle event — the 300 Intermediate Obstacles — went to another Tacoma Public Schools boy on Friday. Lincoln’s Jonathan Frazier won his final heat and won the individual title in 39.91 seconds.

“Finals are a lot harder to think about here, because it’s more like qualifying,” said Frazier, who raced in the third of the final three heats. (There are no preliminary qualifying races at the district meet). “I knew when I was getting there. And I knew my chances of qualifying (for state) were really good.

But Frazier wasn’t necessarily able to take on all of the best in the field, as these competitors were dragged into different rounds. That will change next weekend at the state meet which begins Thursday and ends Saturday at Mount Tahoma High.

It will be the first state track meet since 2019. Spring was the only completely wiped out season of the 2019-20 school year when the Covid-19 pandemic brought everything to a halt the second week of March this year. The WIAA then canceled all district and state playoff events during the 2020-21 school year.

That makes this time around the only opportunity for many seniors like McCabe and others to graduate from high school as champions. The bidistrict tag team champions were dominated by South Sound schools.

Yelm won the 3A boys tag team title, 96-76, over runner-up Gig Harbor. Girls 3A went to Capital, 76-66 against Central Kitsap, thanks in large part to a big Friday from sisters Hana and Amanda Moll, who accounted for a third of those points.

The sisters finished first and second in their specialty event, the pole vault, becoming the only two high jumpers to clear 14 feet in the bi-district meet. Amanda Moll, who leads the state with a jump earlier this year of 14-9.25, also added a second-place finish in the long jump with a jump of 17-foot-7.

“I was definitely a little more tired than usual,” Amanda Moll said. “Certainly my legs hurt.”

While Moll will compete in both events in state, she won’t have to worry about the tight deadline in Tacoma next weekend. The 3A pole vault is scheduled for Friday morning while the long jump will not take place until Saturday.

It could bode well for her and her sister as they attack the state meet record of 14-0 set the last time the state meet was held, in 2019, by West’s Chloe Cunliffe Seattle.

In 4A, Curtis enjoyed his week on both sides. The boys won the tag team title, 95-84 over runner-up Emerald Ridge. The girls were second behind Tahoma, 103-93. The Bears secured the 200-meter title from Brooke Lyons in 24.86 seconds.

And there were other great performances.

Kentridge’s Saydi Orange once led the state in the javelin, after throwing a 154-9 in a tri-game at French Field on April 28. On Friday, she made it 157-0.

In the men’s long jump, Evergreen’s Jonathan Landry broke a personal best of 23-0, tying the state lead mark set May 14 by Walla Walla senior Dash Sirmon at the MCC Championships. In doing so, Landry beat the event’s bidodrome favorite, Kyler Ronquillo of Yelm.

The Tornados junior also qualified with his 22-6 leap to second place, which also tied his best so far this spring.

“It peaked at the right time,” Ronquillo said. “My last jump, I felt good. Aligned. I have to control what I can control. I had a big gust of headwind and I collapsed.

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