Weekend Roundup: Bear Creek's Baker Runs Away with 100, 400m Titles at Holder Relays

A look back at invite highlights of the weekend of April 2, 2022, in high school track.

Bear Creek's Braelyn Baker running in the girl's 200m last spring at King's High School. Photo courtesy of Howard Campbell.

Since stepping on the track her freshman year, Bear Creek's Braelyn Baker has been a winner.

It sounds cliche, but the young sprinting star actually hasn't lost in any events dating back to last spring and she continued her winning ways again this past Saturday at the 46th Annual Don Holder Relays at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima.

In the three events she competed in, Baker took home individual titles in the 100- and 400-meter races and the long jump. She started the day off winning the 100 in a personal best time of 12.13 seconds, and then followed up in the 400 running another personal best time of 58.43. Both times rank top two in Washington this season.

Off the track, Baker jumped 17 feet, six inches, winning the long jump by almost 1.5 feet. Baker's personal best jump came earlier in the week at a conference meet where she got 17-11.25.

Host Eisenhower picked up a couple of wins on both the boy's and girl's side as Aidan Waddle won the boy's 300 hurdles in a personal best 42.30, and Isabella Alvarado won the girl's 1,600 in a personal best 5:07.86.

Selah's Cooper Quigley and Shaun Salveson ran lifetime bests in their respective events to come away with wins. Quigley took the boy's 1,600 in 4:14.81, winning by 21 seconds, and Salveson won the boy's 400 in 50.06, winning by almost three seconds.

Lynnwood got wins from two of its boys as Jordan Whittle won the 100 in a personal best 11.32, followed by Daxtyn Castagnetta in the 2,000 Steeplechase running a personal best 6:44.83.

Other notable winners included Cedarcrest's Sonja Blycker in the 2,000 Steeplechase running a personal best 7:39.92, and Richland's Hannah Chang in the 300 hurdles running a personal best 48.28.


Liberty Invite

Emerald Ridge picked up five wins from its athletes on both sides to highlight a full day of impressive times at the Liberty Invite at Liberty High School in Issaquah.

USATF Indoor Championship participant JaiCieonna Gero-Holt won her fourth 100 hurdle race of her freshman season running 15.18 to take the girl's title. Grace Leonard won the 300 hurdles in a personal best time of 47.25, beating teammate Alondra Lopez, who also ran a personal best time of 47.77.

Asher Ogden won the boy's 110 hurdles race in 15.37. He also was second in the 300 hurdles running 41.52.

Connor Wirth took the boy's 3,200 in a personal best 9:30.93, and Cantrell Thomas Jr. won the 400 in a season best 50.16. Teammate Connor Reschke was second in a personal best 50.90.

The Kentwood girls got four wins in total and three of them were from Alaynah Reed in the 100 (12.77), the 200 (26.61), and a personal best in the 400 (59.18). Orlaan Wintson won the 800 in a personal best 2:17.36, edging out Emerald Ridges' Emme Bates time of 2:17.87.

Puyallup's Micah Bach won two races of his own on the boy's side winning the 100 and 200 in times of 10.94 and 22.86. Maurice Woodring ran a personal best in the boy's 300 hurdles running 39.89 to pick up another win for the Vikings.

Newport's (Bellevue) Sam Jacobsen continues to impress this season with another great run, winning the boy's 800 in a personal best time of 1:54.81. It's the fastest a Newport Knight has run in the event in 27 years according to the school.

Rogers' (Puyallup) Isaac Briggs won the boy's 1,600 in a season best 4:27.04, and Liberty's (Issaquah) Anna Grabowski runs a season best 5:14.02 to win the girl's 1,600.


Clay Lewis Invite

Kamiakin's Isaac Teeples and Grayson Wilcott went at it again in the boy's 1,600 and 3,200 races, finishing first and second in their primary events. Teeples won both races clocking a season best time in the 1,600 of 4:12.89, and then 9:21.83 in the 3,200. Wilcott ran a personal best 4:15.11 in the 1,600 and 9:26.51 in the 3,200 to finish second in both races.

Kamiakin's Jamie Townsend Jr. won the boy's 100 and 400 races in personal best efforts running 11.44 and 51.36. Adelyn Mitchell was first in the girl's 100 in a time of 12.75.

Hanford's Iliana Moran won both hurdle races on the girl's side, taking the 100 hurdles in 16.69, and then ran a personal best time of 48.51 in the 300 hurdles.

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