Possibly the biggest surprise of the year for Fife athletics came on the final day of the high school sports calendar. The Fife Trojan girls entered Mt. Tahoma Stadium on Saturday, May 27, for the 2A state track and field meet with a talented team, but perhaps a bit more of a dark horse pick than a squad considered to be a favorite.
Over the course of the previous two days of competition, the girls were making a showing on the 2A leaderboard on the heels of some excellent performances by a host of student-athletes.
When the girls’ 4x400 relay team lined up for the final event of the meet, the Trojans sat all alone in second place in the team standings, trailing first place Sehome by 10.5 points. With only a possible 10 points to be won, Sehome had wrapped up the state championship. However, Fife was going to have to put in good showing to maintain a hold on a surprising second-place finish.
With a fourth-place effort from juniors Jordan Craft and Ciara Alston, and sophomores Elizabeth James and Emily Rohrer, the Trojans earned another five points, increasing their state meet total to 52 points. State champion Sehome finished with 57.5 points, while Anacortes was five back from Fife with 47 points.
Powered by two individual state championships, as well as two runner-up finishes, Fife put together one of their greatest track and field performances in recent memory. For instance, Fife finished a distant 23rd in the 2016 state meet with just 10 points, and 28th with just seven points at the 2015 meet. A 42-point jump in one year is phenomenal.
Junior Madison Licari captured the 2A state pole vault title with a leap of 11’-09”. The Fife girls 4x100 meter relay squad of seniors Mica Shaviri and Courtney Morton, along with James and Rohrer smoked the competition in a time of 48.98 seconds to capture the gold medals in the event. Morton would also go on to finish second in the triple jump with a leap of 35’-09.5 feet. Rohrer would fly down the track in the 100-meter dash for a second-place finish with a time of 12.19 seconds. Rohrer would also add a third-place finish in the 200 meter with a time of 24.98 seconds.
Sophomore Madison Kenny would capture fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17’-02.25” feet. Add up all the points and the Trojans put together an outstanding performance.
On the boys’ side, powerful junior M.J. Ale took home the gold medal in the discus with a heave of 167’-03” feet. Ale also put in a great performance in the shot put with a mark of 55’-09.25” feet, good enough for a third-place finish.