Edmonds-Woodway finishes strong at state meet | Track and field
Last updated 5/30/2019 at Noon
Edmonds-Woodway’s Chinedu Acholonu was a perfect 4-for-4 on the last day of the 3A state boys track and field championships.
The junior sprinter advanced to the finals in three events and ran a leg for the Warriors 400-meter relay team Saturday, May 25, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
“It was really busy. It was very challenging,” Acholonu said. “It was raining and cold the whole day. It was tough doing four events, but I got through it.”
Acholonu’s best finish was in the 400 where he placed fifth in 49.98 seconds. Even under the wet conditions, Acholonu dropped time from his preliminary heat, where he clocked in at 50.05.
“It’s my first year doing it,” he said of the 400. “Next year, I plan to improve and get maybe top 3.”
All four runners who finished ahead of Acholonu are seniors.
Acholonu started off Saturday with a seventh-place finish in the 100. His time of 11.34 was faster than his preliminary heat where he finished in 11:41. The Edmonds-Woodway standout then had races every hour for the next three hours.
In the 400 relay finals, Acholonu and teammates Capassio Cherry, Marcus Dilworth and Steele Swinton took seventh place in 43.90. Acholonu then ran the 400 and wrapped up his day with an eighth-place finish in the 200, where he clocked in at 23.10.
Acholonu was the only runner to compete in the 100, 200 and 400 finals. He has no plans to drop any of the events despite the taxing finals schedule.
“It’s part of track. You’ve got to get through it,” he said. “I’m trying to do what I’m good at, trying to improve. Whatever I’m good at, I’ll do. I’m going to work on my 100 this offseason and try to improve on my time in the 200. So we’ll see next year.”
E-W senior Hartono closes fast in 1,600-meter finals
Edmonds-Woodway’s Dylan Hartono isn’t quite sure how he placed second in the 1,600-meter finals.
With about 200 meters to go in the race, Hartono was running in the second pack of runners. The Edmonds-Woodway senior decided to make a final push. Hartono caught up to the first group of runners and just outkicked Kennewick’s Johan Correa for second place. Hartono finished in 4:16.28, .03 faster than Correa, who appeared to be a lock for second.
“It was a change in mentality,” Hartono said. “Johan is a strong finisher. When I saw myself picking up on him, I thought I could push for a strong place at the end. I believe in the last 200 I passed about six guys. It was crazy.”
Hartono also earned a second medal with his eighth-place finish in the 3,200 on Saturday, May 25. Hartono has plenty of company at the state meet.
Teammates Deyago Peraza took fourth place in the 3,200 and Lucas Lacambra finished eighth in the 1,600. Grant Christian just missed out in the 800 finals, placing ninth.
Hartono said he was proud to be a part of the Edmonds-Woodway distance crew. The Warriors finished fourth at the state cross country championships the last three years.
“It’s the culture. We have the culture for producing high level distance runners,” Hartono said. “It’s kind of magical to practice with such high-level athletes.”
It also meant a lot to Hartono and his teammates to be coached by Al Bonney, who previously was at the University of Washington before coming to Edmonds-Woodway. Bonney, an assistant track coach and head cross country coach, announced that he was retiring at the end of the season.
“It’s great to have someone with a lot of experience, someone like Al,” Hartono said. “I’m really glad he pushed me to work hard.”
Free, Dilworth each come home with pair of medals
Meadowdale senior Raymond Free took fourth place in the boys triple jump and finished eighth in the long jump. Free’s leap of 45 feet, 4.25 inches in the triple jump was an inch short of his career best.
Edmonds-Woodway Marcus Dilworth ran a career-best time of 39.50 to take fourth place in the 300 hurdles. Dilworth also took seventh in the 100.
In the girls meet, Edmonds-Woodway’s Vatoria Keys placed fourth in the shot put and Katilyn Rust took seventh in the 400. Bella Eunson was seventh in the shot put.
The Warriors’ 800 relay team of Rust, Gaby Chappell, Nevaeh Gary and Kaddy Kongira finished fourth and the 1,600 relay squad of Chiara Serafini, Chappell, Kongira and Rust took seventh. The 400 relay team Gary, Kongira, Michaela Danyo and Chappell placed eighth.