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South Kitsap's Sean Allison and 1,600-meter relay team sprint into state arena
Don't ask Sean Allison for a prediction.
All the South Kitsap senior will say is that he's hoping for a top-three finish during Star Track today and Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School.
It's not that Allison lacks confidence — he just doesn't believe his recent performance justifies any hype. He finished second in the javelin, with a throw of 179 feet, 9 inches, at last week's West Central District meet. Tahoma's Derek Eager won the event at 189-10.
"I'm not where I'm supposed to be," Allison said. "It's frustrating. This is my last time to compete."
He is one of several Wolves for whom this weekend is the final dance. The school's 1,600-meter relay team (Corey Galligan, Dan Nadeau, Jon Phillips and Leon La Deaux) will run together for the last time. Only La Deaux, a junior, isn't graduating.
"I can't tell you how hard those boys have worked this winter," South coach Joanne Warren said. "Everyone wants to know how you get so good — they're an example of hard work."
After narrowly qualifying for state a year ago, the quartet didn't leave any doubt this time as they placed first in 3 minutes, 22.58 seconds.
Three members of the relay team also qualified in individual events. Phillips, who will compete next season at Everett Community College, placed third in the 800 at 1:56.51. Puyallup's Jesse Jorgensen won the event in 1:53.58.
Phillips held the same position in the 1,600 (4:16.8), which was won by Central Kitsap's Shane Moskowitz (4:12.31).
La Deaux advanced in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. He was sixth in the 110 (15.31) and second in the 300 (39.48).
Galligan finished third in the 400 (50.66).
"Corey has worked so hard and he's running with such ease," Warren said. "We're working with his starts because that's probably his weakest part at this point."
Warren believes sophomore Isaiah Davis was affected by the back-and-forth Narrows League meet high-jump competition May 15 with Lincoln's C.J. Wright. It took Wright 18 attempts to emerge victorious.
She said Davis, who also plays football and basketball at South, was given the week off to rest a sore right knee.
Davis fell to fourth at districts with a 6-4 jump. Curtis' Rahmel Dockerty had a meet record 7-foot leap.
"That was incredible to watch," Warren said. "The whole stands stopped."
Senior Jose Andriano also advances to state for a third time after winning the 200 wheelchair event in 31.18.
The only member of South's girls program to qualify for state is sophomore Shelby Jackson, who was fifth in the javelin (111-6).
"Each week it's amazing how much further she throws," Warren said. "If she continues that trend, there's a shot for her."
Warren also is excited about state track and field returning to Tacoma after six years at Pasco's Edgar Brown Stadium. The Lincoln Bowl used to regularly host the meet.
"It's nice having it on this side of the state," Warren said. "It's a lot less stress."
That's the case at Mount Tahoma, where the Wolves have competed several times in recent years.
"There's a real comfort level there," Warren said. "They know the track and how it feels. They like it."