Shoreline 2011 Girls Track and Field Preview

The 2011 season is underway for the Shoreline high schools; don't be slow off the gun with our in-depth season preview.

Team: Knights

League: 1A Cascade

Coach: Daunte Gouge (11th year as head coach)

Key Returners: Jr. Karlie Storkson, 100/200/400; Sr. Alex Ballenger, discus/high jump; Jr. Sami McDevitt, 800/1600; Sr. Stephanie Rice, 400/800

Impact Newcomers: Fr. Kasey Kemper, 800/1600/3200

A Look Back: The lady Knights won the league and district titles for the 12th consecutive year.

At state, King’s earned a third place finish in large part thanks to points earned by strong long-distance running.   

2011 Outlook: A track and field powerhouse, the Knights haven’t won a state championship since 2004, but are always close to that top-tier podium.

Karlie Storkson leads this well-balanced and deep 2011 team with top finishes in the sprints. The team should once again find itself cruising to state.

Top Meets: King’s Invitational, Saturday April 16, Woolsey Stadium, King’s High School; Shoreline Invitational, Saturday April 30, Shoreline Stadium

Team: Scots

League: WesCo 3A

Coach: Brandon Christensen

Key Returners: Sr. Emily Corona, high jump/javelin; Sr. Elisa Ahern, 100 hurdles/triple jump; Jr. India Matheson, discus; Jr. Mickey Greenburg, shot put/discus

Impact Newcomers: Fr. Amanda Banks, 100/long jump

A Look Back: The Scots girls finished second overall in WesCo and took second at the Northwest District 1 meet.

Emily Corona leaped her way to a second place tie in state in the high jump after earning a first place finish in 2009.

2011 Outlook: Corona and fellow senior Elisa Ahern look to cap stellar track careers after consistently competing for top honors in their respective events since earning their varsity letters as freshmen.

After the senior leaders, the Scots will rely upon a strong core of juniors to carry the team. However, a lack of depth could lead to some subpar team finishes for a crew with such talent. “We have a strong girls team, just not very deep,” Coach Christensen said. “Look for several top 3 finishes in WesCo 3A, but depth will hurt us when it comes to team points.”

Top Meets: Eason Invitational, Saturday April 16, Snohomish High School; Viking Classic, Saturday April 23, Lake Stevens High School

Team: Thunderbirds

League: 3A WesCo

Coach: Lance Neubauer (4th year as head coach)

Key Returners: Sr. Alyssa Fabian, high jump; Sr. Erin Johnson, 400/800/1600; Sr. Stephanie Goei, shot put/discus/hammer; Jr. Alicia Hoverson 400/800; Soph. Charity Ijiomah, 100/150/200/long jump

Impact Newcomers: Sr. Miriam Mboya, 100; Sr. Lisa Santroch, 800/1600

A Look Back: Star Erin Johnson snagged 2nd in state for the 800, making her third appearance in state competition in as many years of varsity participation.

At the freshman championships, the Shorewood young guns placed first out of fifteen teams in the field.

2011 Outlook: Senior Erin Johnson looks to finish a remarkable career at a familiar place: the state championships. She’s well on her way -- as of April 1, ranked in the 3A Top 25 for 3 individual events and the 4x100 relay. Alyssa Fabian also qualified for state last year and is hoping to make a return. Senior newcomer Miriam Mboya has done well in sprints, earning a #14 ranking in the 100 meter dash.

The future is bright for the program as the T-Birds underclassmen continue to build off the promise of their first place finish at the Freshman Championships. Sophomore Charity Ijiomah has been tearing up the competition, earning top finishes in the 100, 150, 200, and long jump so far in the 2011 season.

With multiple runners ranked in the Top 25 for their respective events, Shorewood is a fast team that is still developing.

Top Meets: Birger Solberg Invitational, April 9, Civic Stadium, Bellingham; Lake Washington Invitational, April 30, Lake Stevens High School

Team: Crusaders

League: 1A/2B Northwest Conference

Coach: Tim Visser

Key Returners: Soph. Meesha Hoskin, 300 hurdles/100/relays; Soph. Rebekah Anderson, 100/200/relays; Soph. Jessica Hoogerhyde, shot put/discus/200/relays; Sr. Stephanie Rasor, shot put/discus/200/relays

Impact Newcomers: Fr. Abby DeKoekkoek, 200/shot put/discus; Fr. Donia Ryder, 200/shot put/discus

A Look Back: Shoreline Christian’s girls track team boasted three state finishers, with senior Bethany Richards earning nods in shot put and discus and senior Laura Kredit placing in the 800.

Underclassman Meesha Hoskin took 4th in the 300 meter hurdles.

2011 Outlook: With only one senior in Hoskins, the Crusaders again look to be a small, young team of mostly sophomores and freshmen.

“They may not always be the first ones to the finish line, but they will have the most fun trying,” Coach Visser said.  

Top Meets: Lake Washington Invitational, Saturday April 30, Lake Washington High School, Kirkland; La Conner League Championships, Thursday May 5, La Conner High School, La Conner


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