Burien High Schoolers Capture Four 2011 State Championships
by Nick McNeal
On Saturday, May 28, the Washington State 2011 High School Track & Field Championships were held at Mount Tahoma H.S. in Tacoma. At the close of the 3 day competition, the two Burien High Schools represented their themselves, their respective schools as well as this community while bringing home 4 Washington State Championships honors. Kennedy Catholic H.S. Senior Darian Brooks captured the Boys 100 meter Dash title winning his race in the time of 10.71 sec. Darian also won the Boys Triple Jump title with a winning leap of 48’06.74″. He is slated to attend Stanford University in the fall.
Highline H.S. Senior Michelle Stolz was crowned the Washington State Girls 300 meter hurdle Champion for dominating the field in a winning time of 43.43 sec. Her closest competitor was 1 sec. behind. Michelle teamed up with team mates Whitney Diggs, Breana Brookbank and Tracey Stolz to out run 7 challengers covering the 1600 meter (1 mile) distance with the winning the Girls crown in the time of 3:55.29. The Highline Girls 4 x 200 meter Relay team Placed 4th (1:44.11).
Darian also place 2nd in the Long Jump (22′.02.2). Casey Burns of Kennedy Catholic took 2nd Place in the Triple Jump (45’10”) Kennedy Catholic Senior Rebekah Kurle represented well in the Girls Triple Jump (35’9″) and Long Jump (15’9.7″). Highline Junior Jamila Culcleasure was 3rd in the Girls Shot Put (40’00.25″) and put in a good effort in the Girls Discus throw (95’9″), keep an eye on this one next year when she is a Senior. Whitney Diggs Placed 5th in a very tough field of competitors in the Girls 400 meters (58.14). The Highline Girls 4 x 200 meter Relay team Placed 4th (1:44.11)
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The Washington State 2011 Class 3A Doubles Tennis Championship was won by Mitchell and Jamie Thorp of Kennedy Catholic H.S. who beat Evan and Drew Beckman of Seattle Preparatory Academy in a hard fought match 2 sets to 1 (6-2, 5-7, 7-5) at the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, Washington.
Here are nine young people from our community that deserve our congratulations and encouragement. We also salute all the student athletes that started back in February to undertake this journey to compete with the best in the state. As we say goodbye to the seniors who will graduate, there are juniors, sophomores and freshmen who will take their places as the get stronger, become more mature and come to realize it takes focus, hard work and patience to be the best in state.