It was hard to believe just 15 months ago, the Coronavirus pandemic canceled an entire track and field season in the state of Washington.
But in a year of uncertainty, this was truly a season to remember.
Not only did these athletes get their chances to compete this spring, but they also went above and beyond all our expectations in all aspects of the sport.
We look back at the top 10 boys distance runners from the 2021 year to conclude this track season.
1. Ethan Coleman, Olympia
It was one of the best seasons we have seen from an individual in quite some time for Washington running. Olympia's Ethan Coleman placed himself in the discussion of the nation's most elite high school runners this season after defeating the defending 3A state cross country champion Isaac Teeples, and outkicking Evan Jenkins at the Olympia 3,200 Invite running a time of 8:49.57, ranking him 10th in the country. The junior also posted personal-best marks in the 800 (1:54.75) and 1,600 (4:12.28), which ranks top 10 in Washington. He also won three SPSL titles in all three distance events in dominating fashion.
2. Isaac Teeples, Kamiakin
Isaac Teeples was one of the best all-around distance runners this track season, including cross-country. Teeples ran the fastest 1,600 time in the state at 4:09.21 to take the win at the Tacoma High-Performance Meet and ranks top three in the state in the 800 running 1:53.41 and in the 3,200 running a second-place Stumptown Twight mark of 8:51.43. Won three Mid-Columbia Conference titles in all three distance events leading the Kamiakin Braves to a second-place team finish.
3. Evan Jenkins, Camas
There have been great runners who have come through Camas' program, like Daniel Maton and Yacine Guermali. Still, Evan Jenkins has created a new standard of excellence within the Papermakers program. Jenkins went undefeated in GSHL meets and led the Papermakers to the district title scoring his own 30 points, winning the 800, the 1,600, and the 4x400 relay. Ran personal best times of 1:56.79 in the 800, 4:11.99 in the 1,600, and 8:50.77 in the 3,200. Finished runner-up at the Olympia 3,200 and fourth at the USATF Rotary meet in the 1,600.
4. Brenden Charbeneau, Jackson
Brenden Charbeneau was overlooked by so many coming into the season because of the talent in front of him, but this is a steal of an athlete for Pat Tyson and the Gonzaga cross country and track program. The Jackson senior ran the second-fastest 1,600 time in the state at the Tacoma High Performance in a time of 4:10.44 placing second behind Kamiakin's Teeples. A few weeks later broke the nine-minute barrier to run 8:58.97 at the Stumptown Twilight to place sixth. He also won the Everett School District Championship 800 in a personal best time of 1:59.82.
5. Will Schneider, Bishop Blanchet