A new 3A state champion will be crowned on the boys side this season as Gig Harbor's Bradley Peloquin (1,600 and 3,200) and Kennewick's Johan Correa (800) have graduated and moved on to the next level of running. Let's meet the runners for this season.
Samir Amin, North Thurston
Samir Amin has a lot to look forward to this spring with the success he continues to have in his young high school career. As a sophomore, Amin placed eighth in a highly competitive 800 meter 3A state final running a personal best time of 1:56.04, and also placed 11th in the 1,600 meter running 4:21.08, a second off his personal best mark. Placed 19th at the 3A state cross country championships this fall running 15:54.7, but ran a personal best earlier at the Bill Kehoe South Sound Invite running 15:34.8. Amin is among three 800 meter runners on this list in contention for the state individual title this spring.
Luke Biondolillo, Nathan Hale
For someone who is an 800 meter runner, it's amazing how consistent Luke Biondolillo was the entire year running two-minutes or faster in his races. Now I'm not surprised by this. Biondolillo also threw down a 51.1 second quarter mile in a relay. The Nathan Hale senior was sixth last spring at the 3A state meet in the 800 meter running a personal best time of 1:55.07. Took seventh overall in the 1,600 meter too at state running a personal best time of 4:20.02. In the fall, Biondolillo ran a personal best 16:16.2 at the 3A state meet to place 42nd, which is a minute and 13 seconds faster then where he was a sophomore. The potential 800 meter match-up Biondolillo and Bonney Lake's Cayan Dibble will be a highly discussed debate when May rolls around.
Nathan Carter, North Central
Nathan Carter made a big jump from his junior cross country season placing 53rd at the 3A state meet, to placing sixth overall in his senior season running a personal best time of 15:33.3. Much like the end of cross country, Carter ended his junior track season on a high note despite missing qualification for the state meet. Ran personal best times in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races in 4:26.58 and 9:21.34 at the District 8 Championships. Carter ran a true mile after the conclusion of track down in Portland, Oregon in a personal best time of 4:23.96. Just based off past successful runners at North Central, Carter could join an elite group of individuals by potentially placing well at state in the 1,600 meter, assuming he qualifies.
Bryce Cerkowniak, Yelm
When you think of Yelm High School, you don't necessarily think of a great distance program. But with the success of Bryce Cerkowniak has had the last few years, the Tornadoes have drawn some attention. Cerkowniak placed fifth at the 3A state cross country meet running 15:30.9, seven seconds off his personal best which was ran at Fort Steilacoom. Qualified for the 3A state track meet last spring as a sophomore in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races. Came away with a sixth place finish and a personal best time of 9:24.59 in the 3,200 meter, and placed 15th in the 1,600 meter running 4:25.78, 53 tenths of a second from his personal best. Cerkowniak is a contender for this years 3,200 meter state title between North Central's Carter and Kamiakin's Isaac Teeples.
Cayan Dibble, Bonney Lake
As the runner-up in the 3A state 800 meter final last season, Cayan Dibble is my early season pick to win the state championship in this event this year. Dibble's second place finish w