Grizzly’s Willems runs away with title | Track and field


Last updated 6/7/2019 at Noon

The wait was worth it.

Two years after getting disqualified in the finals and a year and a half after suffering an ACL injury that caused him to miss his sophomore season, Glacier Peak’s Ethan Willems finally tasted victory at the 4A state boys track and field championships.

Willems ran just .05 seconds off his career best time to capture the 400-meter title Saturday, May 25, Mount Tahoma High School.

The Glacier Peak junior standout finished in 47.89 seconds in less than ideal wet conditions. Willems clocked in at personal record time of 47.84 in a preliminary heat on Friday, May 25.

“It feels really good, especially after missing my sophomore year and DQ-ing freshman year,” Willems said of his first state title. “The race went well. I felt like I got a good 200 split and I finished the best I could with the weather.”

Willems came into the state championships with the fastest time in the state and the goal of winning his first state title.

“I wasn’t really paying attention to the pressure,” Willems said. “I just did my thing like I always do.”

Throughout his rehab from the ACL injury, Willems was focused on finding his way back to the state championships.

“All glory to God. He helped me through this, helped me get here today,” Willems said. “It was always my goal. I never know that it would come true. It’s amazing.”

Not long after collecting his first-place medal, Willems was back on the track and ended up taking third in the 200 finals.

Teammate Riley McDowell wrapped up his senior season with a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600. Glacier Peak’s Noah Forman finished 13th in the javelin.

Jackson senior Joseph Skoog took sixth in the 3,200 and was 14th in the 1,600. Teammate Lucas Robert finished seventh in the 800. Jackson’s Kane Borgal took eighth in the triple jump and 11th in the long jump. Karsten Vanaelst finished 14th in the javelin.

Glacier Peak senior Katherine Potts finished second in the girls discus. Senior Brooke Wallace took third in the 800 and fifth in the 1,600 and sophomore Aaliyah Collins finished third in the 400.

Junior Aviry Stratton placed fifth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600. Senior Haley Grambo placed 13th in the long jump. The Grizzlies’ 400 relay squad of Mackenzie Aiken, Grambo, Lena Agnew and Collins finished sixth.

Jackson senior Brenna Board took third in the discus and was 13th in the javelin. Sophomore Sarah Sewell placed sixth in the 300 hurdles and 11th in the triple jump. Junior Lydia Robison finished seventh in the discus and 14th in the javelin.

WILDCATS EARN MEDALS: Archbishop Murphy junior Ryan Kenney took fourth place in the boys long jump and senior Samson Irish-Lodge finished sixth in the triple jump at the 2A state track and field championships. Senior Holly Sudol took fifth in the girls 100 hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdles.

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