Coach: Kevin Ryan and Tim Carlson
Last year: Finished first at the Northwest Conference Championships with 143.5 points. ... Finished first at the Class 2A Bi-District Finals with 157 points. ... Finished first at the Class 2A State Championships with 70.5 points.
Returning state participants: Dana Ringler (jr., 400, 4x400); Emily Pittis (sr., 800, 1,600, 3,200*, 4x400); Katrina Dank (jr., 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x400); Bridget Henry (sr., 4x100, 4x200*, 4x400, high jump), Elsa Sandeno (sr., 4x100, 4x200*), Chanelle Eddy (sr., shot put, discus); Jessa Clark (sr., triple jump); Meleri Cummins (jr., triple jump);
Others to watch: Ellie Rowan-Arnett (so., distance); Kate Rose (so., distance); Abby Johnson (so., distance)
Outlook: The defending Class 2A state champions are back and show no real signs of slowing down with any group of talented athletes. From relays, to distance, to middle-distance, to throws, to jumps, the Mariners return state experience. The only possible question mark could be sprints, where Sehome graduated standout Sarah Dolese. “We have a really good group all-around,” Sehome coach Kevin Ryan. “We lost maybe our super star in the sprints, but we have a lot of good girls working hard that have really come a long way there.” Distance should again be a strong suit, with Emily Pittis, last year’s 3,200 title winner, coming back for her senior year. Bridget Henry and Elsa Sandeno return from Sehome’s 4x200 state title relay team and Dana Ringer gives the team even more track speed. Jessa Clark and Meleri Cummins give the team a strong jumps presence, and Chanelle Eddy headlines the team’s throwing crew.