TRACK | Tabacchi highlights pack of Wolves headed to Star Track XXXII

He is running as well as he has all season — and Bastian Tabacchi thinks he can improve.

The South Kitsap senior, who won the 200-meter dash in 22.57 seconds during Saturday’s West Central/Southwest Bi-District meet at French Field in Kent, will have one more opportunity to prove that.

Tabacchi is among six Wolves that advanced to Star Track XXXII, which today and Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School Stadium in Tacoma. The top seven placers in each event at districts qualified for state.

“Honestly, I think I’m getting up there, but I don’t think I’m there yet,” said Tabacchi, adding that he is focusing on running the first 100 as quickly as possible and then attempting to maintain his pace. “I think I’ve got a lot more to go.”

He has competed in the 400 and 1,600 relays at state, but this marks the first time Tabacchi has qualified in an individual event. Tabacchi believes he will benefit from not having to run in a relay.

“With relays, we’re always having to worry about each other and making sure everyone has their stuff,” he said. “It makes it a lot easier.”

Tabacchi’s best time in the 200 (22.19) occurred during the preliminaries at districts. That mark is tied for seventh among Class 4A runners in the state. But Zimmer is not discounting the possibility of Tabacchi challenging Wenatchee’s Isaiah Brandt-Sims, who has the top 4A time (21.61), and others.

“I think he has a goal of making the finals on Saturday and trying to race for a state title,” Zimmer said. “I don’t think it’s out of the question.”

Tabacchi helped South’s boys team finish eighth with 32 points. Federal Way won the team competition with 117 points.

The Wolves’ next highest placer came on the girls side. Junior Shannon Laupola, who is the school’s lone female state qualifier, was second in the javelin with a throw of 129 feet, 8 inches. Skyview’s Aubrey Ward-El won that event (143-01). Laupola’s mark was a season-high.

“She’s coming on and looks really, really good,” said Zimmer, referring to Laupola.

South also had a pair of third-place finishers. Sophomore Albert MacArthur had a personal-best mark (44-07 1/2) in the triple jump, while senior Brayden Maynard finished the 110 hurdles in 14.99.

The Wolves other placers were in the discus. Senior Marcus Burk was fourth (147-06), while freshman Nolan Van Amen finished sixth (145-03).

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