Liberty boys track and field team places second at state

June 3, 2011

The Liberty High School boys team placed second overall out of the 3A schools at the state championship track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School May 27 and 28, thanks to phenomenal performances from Josh Gordon and the school’s boys 4×400 meter relay team.

Gordon, a junior, took first in the 3A long jump with a 22-10 1/2 jump and second in the high jump, clearing 6-6.

The latter set a new personal best and a school record.

Devin Bennett, Liberty High School senior, flies in the air for his 44-foot, 8 1/2-inch triple jump, to take fifth place at the 3A state track championships May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

“The last few weeks, I’d been really down, only clearing 6, 6-2, so to come out on a nice day and get that was really great,” Gordon said about the high jump. “It just felt really good. I just came off just flying through the air. I’m over the bar and I don’t feel it yet. It was just really a great feeling.”

The 4×400 team — Gordon, Devin Bennett, Joseph Bergmann and Hamilton Noel — took first place with a time of 3 minutes, 22.08 seconds.

Also, Liberty’s Hiron Redmon, a sophomore, took third in the 800-meter dash with a time of 1:56.1; Bennett took fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.01; and Noel took sixth in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6.

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Liberty High School track and field athletes set records throughout April

May 6, 2011

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.

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Hazen sports blaze through spring on the back of loaded baseball team

May 6, 2011

Hazen High School’s baseball was red hot through April, going 7-2 during the month to finish its season with a 13-3 overall record and a 12-2 conference record.

The team was awaiting results from Lindbergh High School’s final two games May 4, which was after Newcastle News’ deadline, to find out if it would be crowned Seamount Champions for the year.

Hazen’s boys soccer team — now under the direction of coach Ken Matthews, the school’s girls soccer coach — went 2-3-1 in April, bringing its overall record to 5-6-1 and its conference record to 5-4-1. The Highlanders are third in the Seamount League behind Kennedy Catholic and Highline high schools.

Meanwhile, numerous athletes on the track and field team set new school records.

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Liberty boys win track championships, send top qualifiers to state

June 3, 2010

The Liberty High School boys track team had a strong push into the post season. First they won the 3A Sea-King district championship May 21, sending top qualifiers to the state championship meet May 27-29 at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School. There, the Patriots took seventh place overall.

District champs

The district championship was the first for the boys track team. At the district meet, the Patriots compiled 100 points to beat out 3A KingCo Conference champion Bellevue, in second with 87 points.

“We are pretty pleased with that,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said of the Patriots’ championship.

Liberty’s 4-by-400 meter relay team of (from left) Devin Bennett, Joshua Gordon, Eric Bice and Troy Solly catch some oxygen as they celebrate, after their state 3A track second-place finish of 3:21.47. By Greg Farrar

“All of the guys we were expecting to pick up points picked up points,” he said. “In fact, they picked up a lot of points.”

Liberty had two individual district champions and also won the 1,600 relay.

Peter Stacy, who has had an exceptional senior year in the throwing events, took first place in the javelin with a toss of 179-3. He also placed second in the discus with a throw of 145-10.

Stacy was fifth in the shot put, but failed to qualify for state in the event. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the 3A state meet.

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Highlander Andrey Levkiv among nation’s top shot putters

April 30, 2009

Hazen High School senior Andrey Levkiv has the top shot put and discus toss distances in the state. At the April 18 Pasco Invitational, Levkiv threw the shot put 62 feet, 2 inches, a personal best by more than 17 inches.

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