For the last few years, the west side has dominated the podium stand at the 1A state track meet, specifically from district 1 and 2. But since the majority of those runners have moved on to bigger and better things, the east side has started to come around and start to have success. Let's meet the girls to watch for this season who will perform well this year.
Elie Bassett, Granite Falls
Elie Bassett was one of two freshmen runners in the 1A state track 800 meter final last spring and ran very well too. Bassett finished fifth overall running a personal best time of 2:19.33, in which second through sixth placers all were within two seconds of each other. Missed out on qualifying for state in the 1,600 meter by one placing but still ran a personal best mark of 5:18.17 at the district meet. Last fall, Bassett placed 20th at the 1A state cross country meet in a time of 19:44.7, only three tenths of a second off her personal best. Bassett will be among six different runners who will be in contention to win the 800 meter state title this spring, as well as a potential top six finisher in the 1,600 meter.
Alyssa Becker, Klahowya
From the end of track last spring, Alyssa Becker put together a great summer of club track and an even better cross country season this fall. Becker placed ninth at the 1A state track meet in the 1,600 meter running 5:22.78, five seconds off her personal best of 5:17.56, and in the 3,200 meter running a personal best time of 11:55.99. Becker ran the 1,500 and 3,00 meter races this summer for her club team in personal best times of 4:50.82 and 10:37.99, which those would convert to a 5:11 1,600 meter and 11:25 3,200 meter. Placed fourth at the 1A state cross country meet this last fall in a time of 18:59.5, only seven seconds from her personal best time of 18:52.4 at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite. Becker is my dark horse pick for this season. She is a top five finisher for sure in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races.
Lara Carrion, Seton Catholic
Even though she only made it to the 1A state track meet in one individual event, Lara Carrion is a young runner with plenty to prove upon from her freshman year. Carrion was 11th in the 1,600 meter at state running a time of 5:24.52, only two seconds off her personal best of 5:22.88. She was also a leg on the fifth place 1,600 meter relay team for Seton Catholic so you know she has quality speed. Carrion also ran the 3,200 meter in a personal best time of 11:53.33 earlier in the year. This past fall, Carrion dropped her personal best cross country time by almost a minute running 18:36.8 at the Bill Kehoe South Sound Invite, and placed third at the 1A state meet in 18:50.5. Carrion is a top six finisher in the 1,600 meter, but I'm curious to see how she does in the 800 meter because she was a leg on the 1,600 meter relay team.
Roselynn Martin, La Center
Up until this last spring, Roselynn Martin hadn't run a ton of 800 meter races throughout her career. In fact, Martin was more of 1,600 meter runner as her personal best time was ran in 5:19.56 her sophomore year. Martin began her junior season at 2:41.35, and by the district meet she had dropped 22 seconds to run a new personal best time of 2:19.57, which qualified her for the 1A state track meet. She was able to make it to the finals and place eighth in a time of 2:24.75. This past fall, Martin was 14th at the 1A state cross country meet in a time of 19:23.1, 23 seconds of her season best time of 19:00.6. If I'm Martin's distance coach, I'd be looking forward to this upcoming track season. To see where she began the year in an event she hadn't run a ton in and how she ended, Martin now has plenty of experience to put herself in the talks for an 800 meter top three finish at the state meet. I'd also like to see her in the 1,600 meter as well and make it to state.