Liberty High School track and field athletes set records throughout April

May 6, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

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Liberty High School’s track and field team set several new school records in April, overshadowing what was a mostly gloomy month for other spring sports.

Liberty’s baseball team went 4-8 in April, bringing its conference record to 3-8 and its overall record to 6-10.

The softball team went 4-5 in April, bringing its conference record to 5-6 and its overall record to 6-6. The boys soccer team went 2-5-1 for the month, bringing its conference record to 3-7-2 and its overall record to 4-8-2.

In track and field, junior Josh Gordon led the way, setting three personal records in the long jump, beginning with a 22-foot, 7-inch jump April 8 at the Arcadia Invitational just outside Pasadena, Calif. He followed up the performance with a 22-foot, 8.5-inch jump April at the Eason Invitational at Snohomish High School, and a monstrous 23-foot, 7.5-inch jump at the Viking Relays April 23 at Curtis High School in University Place.

The latter was the longest jump recorded by a 3A athlete in the state this year.

Senior Madison Birdsall followed Gordon’s lead, setting school records in the 400-meter April 21 and 28 with times of 58.7 seconds and 58.3 seconds, respectively. The latter set a state 3A record for the year.

Meanwhile, junior Hamilton Noel set a school and state 3A record for the year with a 13-foot, 6-inch pole vault.

Sophomore Rachel Shaw became the second Liberty runner to ever break 12 minutes in the 3,200-meter, recording a time of 11 minutes, 53.96 seconds.

Liberty track and field also competed in the Issaquah School District meet May 5, after Newcastle News’ deadline. The team will next compete in the KingCo 3A championship meet at 3 p.m. May 11 at Juanita High School in Kirkland.

Liberty’s softball team was in fifth place in the 3A KingCo conference as of the News’ May 3 deadline. Liberty’s soccer team was in sixth place and the baseball team was in seventh place.

The soccer team started off April with a bang, whipping past Lake Washington High School with a 4-0 victory. However, after a 1-0 loss to Juanita High School and a 1-1 tie with Interlake High School, the team dropped four straight games. The team finished the month with a 1-0 win over Juanita.

The Patriots took on Mercer Island High School May 3, also after the News’ deadline.

Head coach Darren Tremblay said the loss against Juanita early in the month was a head-scratcher. It marked the Rebels’ first conference win of the season.

“It was a tough loss,” he said. “I really thought we played well enough to win the game. We just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”

The Patriots outshot the rebels 10-2 in the contest, and the Rebels’ goal came from a penalty shot with 15 minutes left in the game.

Senior forward Aaron Potoshnik leads the team with five goals for the year, followed by senior midfielder Blake Kessler, senior midfielder Danny Dapper and senior midfielder Riley Mackey. Kessler leads the team with five assists.

Liberty’s soccer team wraps up its season with a match against Interlake on the road May 6.

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