High School Sports

Mary M. Knight’s Kaylee Sowle, a three-time jumps triple crown winner, ends career with more titles

Mary M. Knight’s Kaylee Sowle, center, battles 1B Girls 100m Dash during the WIAA 1B Washington State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Cheney, Wash.
Mary M. Knight’s Kaylee Sowle, center, battles 1B Girls 100m Dash during the WIAA 1B Washington State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Cheney, Wash. The Spokesman-Review

Mary M. Knight senior Kaylee Sowle, with her 11 individual Class 1B state titles, will undoubtedly leave high school as one of the state’s most decorated track and field athletes.

And, certainly in the 25 years Kitty Brehmeyer has coached at the small school in Mason County, she’s never seen an Owls athlete quite as accomplished as Sowle.

This weekend at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, in her final state meet, Sowlee completed her third consecutive jumps triple crown with wins in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), long jump (16-11 3/4) and triple jump (36-3 1/4).

She also won all three jumping events her sophomore and junior seasons, is a four-time champion in the high jump, and tied her own meet record in that event Friday afternoon.

“It’s so cool to do this, especially for a small school,” Sowle said. “I take such pride in where I come from, as a Mary M. Knight student athlete, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Sowlee also won a 100 title her junior season, and has two more third-place finishes in that event during her career, including posting a time of 13.26 seconds in Saturday’s final despite running on a sprained ankle.

“You just have to learn to push through, and know nothing can stop you as long as you set your mind to it,” she said.

“Pushing through and accomplishing what she did is pretty amazing,” Brehmeyer added.

Sowle did not miss the podium in any event her final three years of high school, and leaves Mary M. Knight with 15 podium finishes in her career.

She will likely become the first track athlete in school history to compete for a Pac-12 school when she joins WSU’s program next season. She signed with the Cougars in November, choosing the school over Oregon State, UW, and others.

“I just like where they are and what they’re about,” Sowle said. “It feels like home and not a giant city, something I can easily adjust to.”

Mary M. Knight had another winner in senior Austin Fries, who won the 1B boys long jump at 20-10 1/2.

Elsewhere in Cheney, Northwest Christian of Lacey’s Ava Shackell won a pair of 2B titles Saturday afternoon at Eastern 800 and 3,200.

She won the 800 at two minutes, 17.16 seconds and was the only racer under 2:20. Her Navigators teammate Gretchen Stottlemyre placed seventh in the event at 2:28.64.

Shackell also won the title in the 3,200 posting a 11:15.45 that was nearly eight seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Rainier’s Elaina Hansen finished fifth at 12:03.99.

Rainier’s Brody Klein won the 2B boys pole vault at 13-3, while teammate Ryan Doidge placed eighth at 11 feet. Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe won the 2B boys discus throw at 147-1.

Pope John Paul II’s Kobe Deutscher won the 1B title in the boys 800 at 2:01.31, while Caden Deutscher won the 3,200 at 9:49.27. Kobe Deutscher took second in that race at 10:02.42. Pope John Paul II’s Tim Sellars won the 1B boys shot put at 49-5.

Elma’s Cody Vollan was the runner-up in the 1A boys 400 at 49.59. Vollan also placed sixth in the 200 at 22.72. Elma’s Jillian Baker took second in the 1A girls 300 hurdles at 45.31.

Northwest Christian’s Garrett McSheffrey placed second in the 2B boys 800 at 1:56.34, while teammate Noah Phillips took sixth at 2:02.5.

McSheffrey also took third in the 3,200 at 10:03.57, while Phillips took sixth (10:24.34) and Navigators’ Cameron Nielsen took seventh (10:27.01).

Northwest Christian’s Nina Fraser took second in the 2B girls long jump at 16-10 1/2. Pope John Paul II’s Clare Kondrat took second in the 1B girls 3,200 at 12:23.86.

Pope John Paul II’s Molly Zepeda took third in the 1B girls 100 hurdles at 17.39 and 300 hurdles at 49.26.

Rainier’s 4x400 girls relay team (Kaely Schultz, Selena Niemi, Elaina Hansen, Sophie Beadle) finished third in 2B at 4:15.18. Northwest Christian’s squad (Tosin Faleke, Jacalyn Tague, Onajite Ifie, Shackell) took seventh at 4:21.73.

Pope John Paul II’s 4x400 boys relay team (Trevor Dugo, Sean Foley, Joe Oczkewicz, Mattox Marsh) took third in 1B at 3:38.63.

Rainier’s Benjamin Johnson placed fourth in the 2B boys 400 at 52.27.

Elma’s Jalyn Sackrider took fifth in the 1A girls discus at 119-4. Northwest Christian’s 4x200 girls relay (Nina Fraser, Jamie Kier, Ifie and Faleke) placed fifth in 2B at 1:51. Rainier’s Kaeley Schultz took fifth in the 2B girls high jump at 5-0.

Rainier’s Sophie Beadle placed sixth in the 2B girls 400 at 1:02.25, while Northwest Christian’s Faleke took seventh at 1:02.47. Faleke also placed eighth in the 200 at 27.19. Rainier’s Brie Klein took sixth in the 2B girls 100 hurdles at 17.02 and eighth in the 300 hurdles at 50.09.

Pope John Paul II’s 4x400 girls relay (Morine Kimani, Isabella Pettis, Holley Nichols, Maggie Larson) too sixth in 1B at 4:29.85.

Pope John Paul II’s Joshua Braun placed seventh in the 1B boys 110 hurdles at 18.36. Pope John Paul II’s Maggie Larson placed seventh in the 1B girls 800 at 2:35.83. Mary M. Knight’s Austin Fries took seventh in the 1B boys high jump at 5-10.

Northwest Christian’s 4x400 boys relay (Anson Chase, Josiah Salazar-Fox, Hamilton Summers, McSheffrey) took eighth in 2B at 3:40.42.

Some events were not complete when The Olympian went to press.


Gig Harbor broke up a tie game with a seven-run seventh inning on Saturday in Pasco, upending Capital, 11-4, in the 3A tournament third/fourth-place game.

The Cougars crawled back from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits. Kyle Johnson, who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, homered in the bottom of the fifth inning to draw Capital even at 4-4.

Owen Wild and Sam Toglia each hit two-run doubles to break the game open. Wild came up again later and drove in another run with a single. The Tides were also aided by three walks and an error in the inning.


Rainier lost, 11-6, to Brewster to finish fourth in the 2B tournament in Centralia. The Mountaineers were in the third/fourth-place game after losing to Kalama in Friday’s semifinals, despite Ricky Cruse going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.


W.F. West was shut out, 3-0, in the 2A title game by Southwest District rival and defending champion Woodland in Selah. ... Tumwater finished fourth after losing to Ridgefield, 8-2, in their third game of the day Saturday. Earlier, the T-Birds topped Eatonville and Sehome to remain in trophy contention.

Lauren Smith covers the Seattle Mariners for The News Tribune. She previously covered high school sports at TNT and The Olympian, beginning in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Emerald Ridge High School.