The strategy was simple for Mount Baker's Dillon Quintana entering the final for the 3,200.
"We weren't going for time today," Mount Baker coach Tyler Mitchell said in a phone interview. "We were going for the win."
Quintana's strategy was evident, defeating the field in the 3,200 final of Saturday, May 25, at the Class 1A State Track and Field Championships with a time of 9 minutes, 32.74 seconds.
To illustrate Quintana's utter dominance, the second-place runner, Ruben Riordan of Charles Wright Academy, finished 9.04 seconds behind the Mount Baker product.
"We knew we had to eliminate the kick of a few other athletes," Mitchell said. "It was his race ... He made a surge on the rest of the pack, and he made another surge and it immediately became 15 and 20 meters. It became quite a lead."
The win was redemptive in nature for Quintana, with the senior falling short of expectations in the 1,600 with a sixth-place finish after back spasms hobbled the would-be favorite.
Quintana suffered through no such limitations in the 3,200.
"Once the gun went off, I knew it was going to be a good day," Quintana said in a phone interview. "Everything felt good."
Without the pain in his back, Quintana felt so good that he jumped the gun on when he planned to make his first surge.
"I went early, at 2-2 1/2 laps," Quintana said. "Ruben, he made the first move with me, and then when I made the second surge, he didn't stay with me."