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Marauders sprinters off to fast start in Wesco 4A debut | Track and field


Last updated 3/27/2019 at Noon

Mariner sprinted to the head of the class.

Sophomore Sebastian Wanjiru cruised to a first-place finish in the boys 100-meter dash in the first Wesco 4A track and field meet of the season Thursday, March 21, at Lake Stevens High School.

The Mariner standout finished in 11.27 seconds, the fastest time so far in the Wesco 4A.

Wanjiru also placed second in the 200 behind Kamiak’s Daudi Musoke, who clocked in at 23.19. Wanjiru finished .06 seconds behind Musoke.

Mariner’s 400 relay squad of Wanjiru, Harrison Hayden, Raj Dhaliwal and Edwin Bouah and the 1,600 relay team of Wanjiru, Dominic Cruz-Estrada, Hayden and Zion Jefferysberry both finished second in their respective races.

“He was fantastic,” Mariner coach Charles Nichols said Wanjiru’s performance. “We had a lot of good stuff on the sprint side.”

Nichols added that one of the Marauders’ top sprinters currently is not eligible, so the relays should be even stronger once he returns.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Nichols said.

Mariner’s throwers also had a strong debut with senior Ignacio Garcia taking second in the javelin, third in the discus and fifth in the shot put.

Sophomore Jackson Cole was second in the pole vault and senior Hayden placed third in the 200 and fourth in the 400.

Freshman Cruz-Estrada finished fifth in the 800 and seventh in the 1,600.

“His goal is to break the school record in the mile,” Nichols said of Cruz-Estrada. “We’re expecting pretty big things out of him.”

Mariner sophomore Kumba Sarr took second in the girls 100, .11 seconds behind Lake Stevens’ Reagan Delgado, who finished in 13.56.

The Marauders’ distance runners struggled in the 1,600 but were able to regroup and have better runs in the 800 and the 1,600 relay.

Kristen Steinhauer, Leslie Amaral, Kara Sevigny and Illona Krutiy finished second in the 1,600 relay. Steinhauer, Kyla Ojalehto and Amaral placed fourth, fifth and sixth in the 800. Sevigny was sixth in the 3,200.

“We expect them to do fairly well this year,” Nichols said.

All the members of the 1,600 are distance specialists, which presents certain challenges.

“We don’t get nearly as much time with the batons,” Nichols said. “We mostly focus on running. We’ve been doing distance girls the last three years.”

Handoffs are always the problem.”


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