Spokane Speed Games: Andrews runs early-season U.S. top marks to open up indoor
Full recap from the Spokane Speed Games at The Podium in Spokane.
SPOKANE - Sehome's Jake Andrews opened up the 2022-23 indoor track season in a fast way with a pair of U.S. No. 1 times at the first annual Spokane Speed Games at The Podium.
The reigning Nike Outdoor Nationals champion in the 400 meters clocked 48.19 seconds to win the boys 400, then followed up with a new personal best 21.62 in the 200 to take over the nation's top spots in the two events at the early point of the season.
"In the 400, super happy with the time," Andrews said. "I have a healthy season this year. Last year, I was injured for my indoor season, so to come back and produce a time like this means a lot...In the 200, I'm super happy with that. Last year I ran 21.7 so to PR in the first meet means a lot."
Andrews, who has committed to sprint for USC next school year, will be the top returning sprinter at the 2A level this coming outdoor season after an incredible junior year this last spring where he won both the 200 and 400 individual state titles and helped the Mariners win the 2A team title for the first time since the 2013 season.
Squalicum's Andre Korbmacher began his senior season with a first-place effort in the boys 60-meter hurdles as he ran a U.S. No. 2 time of 8.09 seconds.
The recent Florida State University signee and defending New Balance Indoors champion in the 60 hurdles blew away the competition by .55 tenths of a second to come away with the win.
Korbmacher also finished second in the 200 in a time of 22.11 seconds.
Both Andrews and Korbmacher, who represent Ready-Set-Go Sprinters out of Bellingham, finished second and third respectively in the 60 final, running times of 6.91 and 6.98.
Korbmacher won both the 110 and 300 hurdles 2A state titles last spring and set a Washington state record in the 110 hurdles, clocking a time of 13.44 en route to winning the Nike Outdoor Nationals title.
Mead's Dominick Corley made his first-ever indoor debut with Spokane Speed, winning the boys 60 in a time of 6.86 seconds.
A trio of Ready-Set-Go Sprinters went 1-3 in the girls 60 as Bellingham's Sofia Calabretta took first in a personal best 7.84 seconds while Sehome's Jayda Darroch was second in 7.97 and Nooksack Valley's Kate Desilets was third in 8.00.
Darroch, 2A state champion in the 400, won both the girls 200 and 400 as she ran a personal best 26.00 in the 200 and a season best 59.29 in the 400.
Calabretta finished second in the 200 in another personal best 26.33.
Mead's Charlotte Cullen, seventh in the 3A state 800 last spring, won the girls 800 in easy fashion, using a late kick to run 2:27.40, Cheney's Samantha Habegger was third in 2:29.76.
University's Larry Trefry Jr. finished third in the boys 800 in a time of 2:03.51. Nate Stadlander of Meridian from Boise, Idaho won in 1:59.96.
Former Central Valley standout Alex Wright outkicked current Lewis and Clark runner Evan Bruce on the final 100 meters to take home the Men's Spokane Mile title in a margin of 4:26.98 to 4:28.47. Dalton Feist, a graduate of North Central, took third in 4:32.65.
Central Valley's Nicole Bissell, fourth at 4A cross country state, finished second in the Women's Spokane Mile in a time of 5:18.87. Former Seattle Pacific All-American Jane Ricardi won in 5:06.39.
East Valley's (Spokane) Abby Crossley, ninth at 2A state cross country state, won the girls 2-mile in 11:57.77 to beat out Central Valley's Lily Nielsen's time of 12:01.68.
Quenton Lanese, an 11-year-old sixth grader out of Washington Middle School in Olympia, won the boys 2-mile in a new personal best effort of 10:23.35.
Lanese, who will eventually run for Olympia High School, won both the 1,500 and 3,000 races at the USATF Nationals Junior Olympics last spring for 11–12-year old's group as he ran 4:31.47 in the 1,500 and a national record 9:31.17 in the 3,000.
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