Spartans close out super track season

Mikelle Ackerley of Bainbridge High runs in the 800-meter finals at the Washington State 3A Track and Field Championships. - Andy Grimm photo
Mikelle Ackerley of Bainbridge High runs in the 800-meter finals at the Washington State 3A Track and Field Championships.
— image credit: Andy Grimm photo

The Bainbridge High School track and field team wrapped up an impressive season Saturday, May 24 at the Washington State 3A State Track and Field meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Several BHS teams broke into the top 10, and individual athletes set high marks as well.

It was an exciting end to a successful season.

Earlier in the year, after five Metro League meets and four invitational meets, the Spartans wrapped up the regular season with 24 athletes qualifying for the Metro League Championships that were held on May 14 and 16 at the Southwest Athletic Complex at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle.

The BHS athletes who qualified and advanced to league championships were Mikelle Ackerley (800 meter, 4x400), Natalie Ackerley (800 meter, 4x200, 4x400), Aerin Amore (200 meter, 400 meter, 4x200, 4x400), Danielle Bogardus (300 hurdles, 200 meter, relays), Casey Brink (300-meter hurdles), Nick Entress (800 meter, 4x400), Connor Evans (high jump), Charlie Hanacek (300-meter hurdles), David Kimmerlein (400m, 4x400), Robert Lafferty (4x400), Wyatt Longley (400 meter, 4x400, high jump), Bailey List (100 meter, 4x100, 4x200), Sarah Lucioni (high jump), Kellie Miller (1600 meter), Allison Murphy (1600 meter, 3200 meter), Jack Odell (high jump), Charlie Rice (high jump), Maya Rovelstad (shot put), Ben Scott (110-meter hurdles), Amanda Siefiert (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, 4x100), Shelby Sundquist (100-meter hurdles), Isa Todd (shot put, discus), Naomi VonRuden (800 meter, 1600 meter), Audrey Weaver (400 meter, 4x100, 4x200), Lindsay Wienkers (400 meter, relays) and Alison Wise (800 meter, 4x400).

At the league championships, the top eight athletes in each event qualify to move on to the Sea-King District 2 Championships held May 21 and 23, also at the Southwest Athletic Complex at Chief Sealth High School. This district includes both the Metro League and the KingCo league 3A schools, and is arguably the toughest district in the state to qualify for the state meet as these two leagues boast many of the state’s top athletes.

2014 was the year of the 800 meters for BHS girls.

Four Bainbridge girls qualified for that event in a field of 12. Mickelle Ackerley took second place overall, Natalie Ackerley finished in sixth, Alison Wise in eighth while freshman Naomi Von Ruden placed twelfth. Von Ruden also ran the 1600m and had a 10th-place finish. Allison Murphy placed ninth in the 3200m and Aerin Amore placed ninth in the 400m.

The 4 x 100 team competing for BHS was Bailey List, Audrey Weaver, Lindsay Wienkers and Amanda Siefert and they finished 12th. The girl’s 4x200 meter team of Danielle Bogardus, Lindsay Wienkers, Aerin Amore and Bailey List finished in eighth in the finals.

The 4x400m relay team of Natalie Ackerley, Alison Wise, Aerin Amore and Mikelle Ackerley finished in fourth place and secured a return trip to the state meet.

With injuries to relay runners Danielle Bogardus and Lindsay Wienkers, this was a true team effort.

Capping a successful track and field career, senior Isa Todd competed in the discus throw. Todd has been the top discus and shot put competitor for BHS.

In other field events, the future looks bright with freshman high jumper Sarah Lucioni. Lucioni’s second-place finish at the district meet qualified her for the state meet, however she wasn’t able to compete at the state meet because of a conflict.

The boy’s team success at the SeaKing District meet came with two high jumpers, Wyatt Longley who finished in seventh place and Connor Evans who placed eighth.

The boys 4x400 team of Nick Entress, David Kimmerlein, Robert Lafferty and Wyatt Longley ran their season best time, and Wyatt Longley also competed in the open 400 meter, coming in 12th.

Only the top five finishers in the district championships advance to the state championship.

The girl’s 4x400m relay team of Alison Wise, Natalie Ackerley, Aerin Amore and Mikelle Ackerley finished eighth in the finals, earning a place on the podium and a medal. In the girls 800-meter race, Mikelle Ackerley placed third behind two girls from fellow Metro League member Holy Names Academy.

One of the most memorable performances of the year occurred during the regular season when senior high jumper Jack Odell cleared 6-4 for a school record. That was the second best jump in the 3A classification going into the state meet. Odell’s season ended at the Metro Championships where he had an uncharacteristically tough day.

Also of note from the state meet, Alexa Efriamson from 4A Camas set a national high school record in the 1600 meter in 4:33.29. It was the fastest time ever run in the nation by a high school girl.

The Bainbridge Spartan track-and-field athletes and coaches especially thanked all of the parent volunteers who made home meets run so smoothly.

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