For the third consecutive year, the Tahoma High School girls track and field team won the Washington State 4A Championship. Coming in only three points behind the first-place team, Tahoma’s boys finished second in state, which is the best in school history.
“It is so exciting to see Tahoma Track & Field reaching historic heights,” girls coach Jeff Brady said. “We have a very unique group that has set the bar very high for the next group of athletes coming in. The work that these individuals put in prior to the start of the season (summer, fall & winter) set themselves up for an exciting spring season.”
The girls had six first-place finishes, including Bryana Rogers with a triple jump of 37 8 3/4; the 4×100 relay team of Aliya Wilson, Alisha Wilson, Alaina Brady, Adaji Osaro-Igwe with a time of 46.97; Alaina Brady, who won both the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.27 and the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.23; Osaro-Igwe won the 200-meters with a time of 24.60; and Aliya Wilson in the 100 meters with a time of 12.13. The girls had an additional seven athletes finish in the top five of individual events.
As a team, Tahoma’s girls had a total of 98.5 points; in second place, Lake Stevens scored 45.
“The girls team has a lethal combination of talent, hard work, and coaching that sets them apart from other teams in our state and propelled them to their third consecutive State title,” said Keith Eager, boys coach. “The boys team also worked hard all season and we were hoping to make podium as a team at State. Each of the athletes met or exceeded our expectations and were able to score 47 points for a second place team finish, the highest yet for Tahoma.”
The boys team had one first place finish: Gabriel Shouman won the javelin event with a throw of 199 feet, 2 inches; and an additional five top-five finishes. Overall, they scored 47 points, just three behind the first-place finishers from Walla Walla.
“It has been really fun to watch the coaches and athletes over the past five years, change the culture of track and field at Tahoma,” Eager said. “It was a special season. I am very proud that on the boys side, points were scored by all of the event groups! All of the coaches on our staff played a role in our success.”