A look at the top boy's athletes to watch in the 2021 track season.
Hard to believe just a little over a year ago, we were left without a high school track and field season in Washington.
Many lost opportunities to compete at the state meet in the hope of coming away with individual titles, while others lost their final season of high school athletics.
Through the tough year that was 2020, student-athletes across the country found ways to make the best of the situation by competing in virtual races and time trials on their own.
Despite the lack of competition at your usual meet and invite, many came away with lifetime best marks and incredible performances, making the spring of "2020 season" one they won't ever forget.
As track and field makes its return to Washington this spring, here is your preview of some of the athletes to keep an eye out for this season on the boy's side.
Ethan Coleman, Olympia
- The last six or so months for Olympia's Ethan Coleman have been truly incredible when you look at the performances he has put together in cross country and track. Coleman ran the fastest recorded 5k time on the track last fall in 14:43, and this spring ran a season-best 16:03.5 and was the champion of the South Sound League. In the past week, Coleman has run two personal best marks in his first two track meets, including the fastest 3,200-meter time in the state at 9:01.54 and the second-fastest 1,600-meter in the state at 4:18.54.
Isaac Teeples, Kamiakin
- Isaac Teeples continues his dominance in Washington for another year after an excellent fall and spring in cross country. The two-time Runner of the Year in cross country for The Runner WA ran a lifetime 5k best 14:44 on the track last fall and then ran season-best marks in the spring for 5k at 15:27.3 and three-mile at 14:39.5, all while leading Kamiakin to another Mid-Columbia Conference team title. Just one track into his junior year, Teeples posted a new personal-best in the 1,600-meter at 4:21.03 and a season-best in the 3,200-meter at 9:31.29, ranking him top three in the state for both events.
Evan Jenkins, Camas
- It has been a hectic winter/spring for Camas' Evan Jenkins, flipping back and forth between cross country and track. With the focus on racing in track, Jenkins has run some fast times early on this spring season with personal best times in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters running 4:15.21 and 9:16.72. The 1,600 time places first in the state, while his 3,200 time ranks second behind Olympia's Coleman. When he did race in cross country, Jenkins did provide good times for the Papermakers running a 5k season-best mark of 15:56.5 and leading the team to three wins in GSHL meets.
Cooper Quigley, Selah
- An undefeated cross country season for Selah's Cooper Quigley was not only impressive, but he completed it in dominating fashion. In all eight of his races this past winter, Quigley won each of them by more than 25 seconds and ran a personal best in the 4,000-meter in a time of 12:29. He hasn't slowed down either with the transition to track as he has posted personal best times of 4:23.5 and 9:38.1 in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races in the first two weeks of the season.
Bryce Cerkowniak, Yelm
- It may not have been the perfect senior cross country season Yelm's Bryce Cerkowniak had hoped for, but the Gonzaga commit got a ton out of it in such a short span of time. Cerkowniak ran a season-best 5k time of 15:44.7, picked up four individual wins, and led the Tornados to the South Sound League title with a second-place run at the culminating event. Following the cross country season, Cerkowniak made the quick turnaround and has opened track with great early marks in all three distance races running 2:04.59 in the 800, 4:29 in the 1,600, and 9:25.77 in the 3,200.
Others to Watch:
Zack Munson, Sehome
Sam Gieger, Camas
Cruize Corvin, Lakes
Landon Sturdevant, Ferndale
William Schneider, Bishop Blanchet
Brendan Charbeneau, Jackson
Jordan Hansen, Jackson