Ballard senior gets sweep of girls sprints | 4A Track and Field
Emmaline Suchland, duplicating her performance at the league championships last week, took both the 100 and 200 in the KingCo/WesCo 4A bi-district meet.
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MARYSVILLE — With most participants looking ahead to state, Ballard's Emmaline Suchland found ways to stay focused on events at hand Friday at Quil Ceda Stadium.
Suchland won the 100 meters in 12.09 seconds and the 200 in 24.8 during the KingCo/WesCo 4A bi-district track and field meet. Her 100 time is the third fastest in the state this season and her 200 time is second fastest.
"The past couple of weeks have been pretty awesome," said Suchland, who duplicated her performance last week, when she swept the sprints at the WesCo championships. "I just wanted to win. Before last week, I'd never won a gold medal in an invitational or big meet."
This is a season of redemption for Suchland, a senior who last year failed to qualify for state in the 200 and didn't reach the finals at state in the 100.
"Last year's performance was pretty disappointing. I ran one of my worst races all year at state," Suchland said. "I really want to come back and prove myself."
Suchland wasn't the only motivated athlete on Friday. Arlington's Blake McPherson has performed like he has something to prove since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament twice as a junior.
McPherson's winning javelin throw of 204 feet, 10 inches, ranks second in the state behind Heritage's Sean Keller (244-1). The West Point-bound quarterback and decathlete then nipped Ballard's Stuart Thomas in the 110 hurdles, winning in 15.05 to Thomas' 15.08.
McPherson also was second to teammate Jared Alskog in the 300 hurdles, a week after beating Alskog at the league meet.
It all sets McPherson up for a big state meet next week.
"I wanna place in three events," he said. "Today, I had an awesome (javelin) throw on my first throw. In the hurdles, the guy was beating me the whole way until we got over the last hurdle."
McPherson helped lift Arlington to a boys team title, 74 points to 57 for runner-up Garfield. The Arlington girls won 71-63 over second-place Issaquah.
The top five finishers in each event advanced to the state championships next weekend at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma.
• Garfield's Byron Howell finished second in the boys 400 (48.57) to Skyline's Drew Matthews (48.5), but came back to win the 200 (21.75). Howell won both events a year ago.
• Jackson distance specialist Blake Nelson became a double winner, adding the boys 800 title (1:53.76) to his 1,600 win Wednesday.
• Garfield's Nhautrey Brown won the girls 100 hurdles (15.35) and triple jump (38-4 ½).
• Eastlake speedster Ryan Lewis was the only boy to break 11 seconds in the 100 (10.98) and ran the anchor leg of the winning 400 relay. He was second behind Howell in the 200.