Girl power: Conks, Chargers shine at Arnie Young Invitational

Kentwood, Kentridge sprinters excel at Renton Stadium

The Kentwood and Kentridge girls have plenty of speed to burn and an extra spring to their step this high school track and field season.

That was on display at the Arnie Young Invitational at Renton Stadium on Saturday.

Sprint, relay and jump events led the rivals to a two-three finish in the 24-team chase. Tahoma, with considerable depth, took the title with (96.5 points), followed by Kentwood (77) and Kentridge (73).

Tahoma also won the boys division. Kentwood was sixth and Kentridge finished 18th.

Kentwood’s foursome of Jessica Robinson, Makayla Williams, Alaynah Reed and Emma Pollak captured the 800-meter relay in 1 minute, 46.50 seconds.

Pollak and Faith Marshall added wins in the 300 hurdles (45.50) and 100 hurdles (15.42), respectively, for the Conquerors.

Williams picked up points with a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 (12.53) and 200 (26.76).

Robinson, Pollak, Williams and Peyton Gilmore were second in the 400 relay (51.32). Pollak anchored the 1,600 relay to a second-place finish (4:08.42) with Reed, Kadija Konneh and Madison Maus.

Gilmore added a third in the long jump (15 feet, 5½ inches) for the Conks.

Charged up

Bonet Henderson, one of the state’s top sprinters, and versatile Lauryn Ford fueled the Chargers with one-two finishes in the 100 and 200 meters. Henderson stopped the clock in the 100 in 12.24. Ford followed in 12.37, a season best.

Henderson (25.51) led Ford (25.71) to the tape in the 200. The senior duo joined Adama Bojang and Jayma Erker to take the 400 relay (50.61).

Ford left behind the long jump field with a winning leap of 17-7½).

Boys highlights

Kentwood’s Daniel Gaik delivered a personal-best 49.28 to seize the 400. He finished second in the 100 (11.22).

Zakriye Mohamed was fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.94) and 300 (41.76).

For Kentridge, the 400 relay of Jackson Bolstad, Jeremy Banks, Jalen Stone and Nathan Peak was third (45.41).


The Kentridge girls are off to a 4-0 start in the North Puget Sound League dual meet season after beating the Hornets 83-65 in Enumclaw on April 4. Enumclaw prevailed over the Kentridge boys (2-2), 91-53.

Henderson posted a season-best 12.24 in winning the 100 and turned a personal-best 25.25 in the 200. Julie Ann Romasanta took the 100 hurdles (16.89). They also were part of the winning 400 relay (50.27).

Bolstad won the 100 (11.74). Natano Woods claimed the shot put (48-1¼). Sophomore Camden Buff swept the jumps – long (19-0) and triple (39-1½).

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