La Deaux leads way at state

Star Track shifted back to the Puget Sound region after six years in Eastern Washington, but the venue change didn't result in more success for the Wolves.

Five boys competitors placed in Saturday's Class 4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School.

The highest placement in a points event was junior Leon La Deaux's third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. He finished that event in 39.04 seconds, behind Kelso's Adam Scalesse (38.46) and Stanwood's Robert Hanke (38.57).

No other South competitors placed higher than sixth. Senior Corey Galligan finished in that spot in the 400 (50.56) as did classmate Jon Phillips in the 1,600 (4:21.03).

Another senior, Sean Allison, was the only qualifier for the Wolves to place in a field event. He was seventh in the javelin with a throw of 191 feet, 5 inches.

Senior Jose Andriano won the 100 (16.75) and 200 (30.56) wheelchair events that don't count toward points. He also was second in the 800 (2:04.97) and 1,600 (4:21.32) wheelchair competitions.

Among 52 boys teams, the Wolves tied for 19th place with 14 points. Spokane's Mead won the team title with 49 points.

South might have finished higher as its 1,600 relay team was expected to advance to the finals. But La Deaux, the anchor runner, wasn't able to compete in that event and the Wolves slipped to 10th in the preliminaries. The top eight teams advanced to the finals.

The school didn't earn any points on the girls side. Shelby Jackson was South's only girls qualifier, but she finished 10th at 105-1.

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