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New record, berth at State for Friday Harbor's Blackmon | Track & Field
Friday Harbor sophomore Willie Blackmon is headed back to the state 1A Track & Field Championship with a first-place finish at the Tri-District meet and a new school record in the 300 meter hurdles in tow.
With a time of 41.31 seconds, Blackmon claimed the Tri-District 300-meter hurdle crown May 18, at King's High School, and eclipsed the Friday Harbor High School record for the fourth time in two years, after setting a new school best in the event as a freshman. He bounced back from a fall in a preliminary heat that nearly cost the speedy sophomore a slot in the finals to earn a second consecutive berth at the state championships.
Friday Harbor was among 20 teams participating at the Tri-District championships, with more than 300 athletes competing in the two-day event. The field of contestants was whittled down for the finals following preliminary heats that began Thursday, May 16.
In addition to Blackmon, the Friday Harbor girls 800-meter relay team — Robyn Roberts, Genevieve Gislason, Lita Gislason and Alaina Scheffer—competed in the preliminary round, but failed to advance. Lita also competed in the 400-meter race, clinching a berth in Saturday's finals but falling just short of a state-championship qualifying time, finishing 8th overall at 1:03:06.
Roberts, who recently shattered a 32-year-old school record (held by Stacey Sorenson since 1981) in the 1600 meters, set a new school mark once again by finishing the race in 5:27:65 in the Tri-District finals.
Despite setting a new school mark for the second time this season, Roberts fell short of clinching a berth at state by finishing behind the top six finishers at the Tri-District 1600 meter finale.
The 1A Track & Field Championships begin Thursday, in Cheney, on the campus of Eastern Washington University.
— Scott Rasmussen