TACOMA – Capital High’s Alec Temple is not usually into hugging an opponent after he loses a boys 1,600-meter race by 15 seconds.
But what Temple, and the rest of the spectators at the Class 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district track and field meet witnessed Saturday was simply spectacular.
Lakes High’s Izaic Yorks left the 1,600 finals field in his dust at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
But even Yorks did not expect the time of 4 minutes, 4 seconds to come up on the finish-line scoring ticker. It is not only an all-time Washington state high school best mark, but it is a national-leading time in 2012.
As Temple crossed the finish line, he immediately found a gassed Yorks, and gave him a hearty embrace – a sign of respect and congratulations.
“That is incredible,” said Temple, who finished third at 4:19.06, and sewed up a berth to next week’s Star Track meet at this same site.
“Someday he will be in the Olympics – and I ran against Izaic Yorks.”
No South Sound athlete came away with an individual district title Saturday. The Timberline boys finished fourth, the highest-placing area team in 3A (50 points).
Coming into the meet, the best chance for a district champion was thought to be Timberline’s Rashon Smith in 3A boys hurdles.
But Smith was edged out by Decatur’s Drew Thompson, 14.83 to 14.86 seconds, in the 110 finals. And what happened in the 300 was even more unexpected.
Smith was the clear favorite in that race, but coming down the home stretch, Thompson and Yelm’s Zach Williams were close behind.
With about 20 meters to go, Smith pulled up slightly with a right hamstring injury, allowing Thompson (he won in 38.90) and Williams (runner-up in 39.07) to go by.
“Drew Thompson came out of nowhere,” Williams said. “It is all good to me. That was a terrible race – I hit three hurdles and I am pretty sure I broke one of them. And it looked like an ugly final.
“Now I just keep moving forward.”
• Timberline’s Sawyer Hardebeck got the first crack at Yorks in the boys 800. But Yorks held a 10-meter lead at the halfway point, and fended off a hard-charging Hardebeck on the home stretch.
“Before the race, I thought about (challenging Yorks) a little bit. But with 400 to go, he was still strong, and I just wanted to get second place,” Hardebeck said. “Maybe if I had been on his shoulder through 400, I would have had a better chance.”
• Foss High’s Marcus Chambers set 3A boys meet records in the 200 (21.58) and 400 (47.74). Lost in the 400 shuffle was the emergence of Timberline’s DeVon Dansby. He ran a personal-best 49.69 as the only other sub-50-second sprinter.
“For the first time this season, I ran like myself,” Dansby said. “And I am proud of that.”
• In 3A girls, Timberline’s Heather Johnsen was the closest pursuer to double winner Erika Lombardo of Auburn Mountainview in the 200. Lombardo won in 25.90; Johnsen was second in 26.53.
And it was Johnsen who anchored the Blazers’ runner-up finish (50.12) in the 400 relay to Auburn Mountainview (49.29). Timberline’s other relay runners were Halina Garraway, Daniaella Williams and Jaz’Mere Sudberry.