Woodinville junior Austin Sodorff won the KingCo pole vault title with a mark of 15 feet. Photo by Don Mann.
It’s doubtful that anyone enjoyed his day at the KingCo track and field championships more than Austin Sodorff.
The loosey-goosey Woodinville junior won the league pole vault title with a personal best of 15 feet, a coveted number among elite high school vaulters and rare air in Falcon history.
Only Curtis Flolid, who won last year’s Class 4A state title at 15’ 3, and Trevor Sodorff –Austin’s big brother and a 2007 WHS grad – have hit the mark.
And both were on hand at Juanita High School on Friday to root the younger Sodorff on and watch him do his thing, which made it even sweeter.
"Oh man I feel great," Sodorff said moments after exchanging hugs with the guys that inspired him to pursue the sport. "What a day! This is awesome and a dream come true."
He said he couldn’t have done it without the help of pole vault coach Andrew Storey and Flolid, who was on the field and in his ear all day.
"They kept telling me to get down and stay with the pole and that really made the difference."
There was a moment of great theater: After nailing 15, Sodorff raised the bar to 15’ 4 – not the usual three inch increase – in an effort to break Flolid’s school record. Flolid, now a freshman athlete at Washington State, loved every inch of it and cheered him on, as did the entire fraternity of vaulters who gathered to watch.
But no dice for Sodorff, who failed twice at the attempt and even got a bloody lip when the bar literally fell on his face.
It didn’t stop him from smiling. "At the beginning of the season my goal was 13 (feet) so, hey, I gotta be happy."
Coach Storey was asked when he realized Sodorff was capable of hitting 15 feet. "After last week I thought it was a reasonable expectation because he’s come so far so fast," he said. "Last year his best was 10 feet. So he can go far. He’s very passionate about the sport and maybe the hardest worker I’ve ever had. He goes to clinics and weight-trains in the offseason. Plus he’s not scared to fail and he’s willing to try new things."
Sodorff emerged as one of three Woodinville KingCo track and field champions. Sophomore long distance sensation Chandler Olson swept the 1600 and 3200 meter runs while dusting the competition, and senior Melissa Gilkey won javelin at 114’10.
"She’s pretty amazing," head coach Jed Sires said of Olson. "Extremely talented, hard- working and she just ran her own race and didn’t worry about the competition in both of those events."
The Bothell boys dominated the meet with 142 team points, a whopping 44 points over runner-up Garfield. Dylan Langston won the 100 meter dash handily at 11.08, Braden Foley took javelin with a throw of 165’ 09, and both relay teams – the 4X100 (Luke Proulx, Will McIntyre, Nick Anthony and Trent Sewell) and 4X400 (Chayce Sather, Anthony, Chris Arneson and Sewell) – got to the finish line first.
The Inglemoor girls tied Redmond at 109 for a share of the team title, and were led by Erin Allen who doubled with wins in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.
Competition moves on to Marysville-Pilchuk High School on Wednesday and Friday, where the KingCo top-eight in each event will face off in the district meet. Top-five performers there will head to state.
Sean Sellers is out at home as Adam Mosebar makes the tag in the first inning. Photo by Don Mann.
With 14 walks and six errors it was no work of art, but the nearly three hour loser-out ball game was epic in tension and drama – including collisions on the base paths, balks called and uncalled, a coach’s ejection, a roving strike zone, 17 runs on 17 hits and a stunning comeback.
Down 8-5 in its final at bat, Inglemoor stormed back to score four runs and Viking senior Eric Rodgers – the fifth pitcher employed by the visitors – set down Woodinville in order as the Vikings bounced the Falcons from the KingCo tournament 9-8 at WHS on Tuesday.
In a wild and wooly contest that featured nine combined pitchers, Woodinville’s Shea Donlin, who was cruising over three and two-thirds relief innings with two hits, no walks and no runs allowed, took the ball in the seventh with a three-run lead and three outs to get.
Not so fast.
Blake Wilson tripled to dead center over T.C. Florentine’s head.
Emmett Maki, removed from the game after failing to get an out in the first inning, reentered and doubled into the left field corner to score Wilson. Viking sophomore Brandon Edwards slapped a single to right – his fourth hit of the game – to move Maki to third. Then Obie Taylor scorched a wicked line drive through the legs of third baseman Sean Sellers to score Maki to make it 8-7 and put runners on first and third with no outs.
Cody Bauman came on in relief of Donlin, and was greeted by Adam Mosebar’s sacrifice fly to tie it up. Garrett Vandiver was safe on a nubber toward shortstop, and Connor Savage drilled a double down the left field line to score Taylor with the go-ahead run before Bauman retired the last two outs.
Rodgers, who pitched four innings all season, took over for Sean Howard on the hill with a one-run lead. Clarke Bader led off with a deep drive to left center that was run down by Vandiver for the first out.
Rodgers got Beau Vintertun on a grounder, and then caught Nate Wilham looking with a curve to end the marathon – and Woodinville’s season.
The Falcons finished 14-7-1 overall.
Marty Luckenbach started on short rest for Woodinville and the junior failed to get out of the first inning, issuing four walks while absorbing three Falcon errors – including one of his own. Inglemoor scored four runs in the frame on one hit.
Woodinville came right back with three runs and chased Viking starter Maki before the left-hander recorded an out.
Inglemoor’s Peter Meiusi blasted a moon shot homer off of Kalei Kovar to lead off the second to make it 5-3, yet Woodinville scored twice in the third, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to make it 8-5 and the Vikes looked dead in the water before late game heroics.
Donlin, who took the loss, went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Howard pitched two and two-thirds innings, permitting one hit and striking out four, to notch the win.
Singles — Sarah Du, R, d. Leanne Thiw 6-0, 6-0; Raluca INfrim, R, d. Eunice Pyon 6-0, 6-1; Katya Racjhel, I, d. Anna Alsin 6-0, 6-0; Priya Ganesan, R, d. Kira Thurman 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles — Jasmine Singh-McKayla Dear, I, d. Jeneal Carter-Meg Holtzinger 6-1, 6-0; Audrey Wu-Hannah Talmage, I, d. Sophia Xu-Dana Simmons 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Marissa Craig-Sara Boye, R, d. Kaitlin Stair-Alissa Irvine 6-4, 6-4.
Inglemoor 5 vs. Bothell 2
Singles — Jasmine Singh, I, d. Rebekah You 6-0, 6-0; Aria Samora, B, d. Eunice Pyon 6-2, 6-4; Leanne Thim, I, d. Linda Vinitnantharat 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Erica Takano, B, d. Katya Rajchel 7-6, 7-6.
Doubles — Audrey Wn-Hannah Talmage, I, d. Morgan Milner-Colleen Byrne 6-4, 6-4; Sammie Tran-Anna Elbener, I, d. Raven Anderson-Alina Espinoza 6-2, 6-7, 7-5; Yerae Seo-Kira Thurman, I, d. Gracen Rubo-Sadie Rath 7-6, 6-0.
WOODINVILLE BOYS BASEBALL
Woodinville 14 vs. Roosevelt 11 (@ Roosevelt, Apr. 29)
Batting Highlights: Woodinville - Max Carter, Shea Donlin, T.C. Florentine, Nate Wilhan; Roosevelt - Graylin Derke, Daniel Iwata, Zach Naon