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Bellevue's Baker, host of local preps on state title hunt at track finals | Prep sports news

Budda Baker (far left) leads one of the state
Budda Baker (far left) leads one of the state's top sprinting corps, and hopes to capture another 3A state title
— image credit: Josh Suman, Bellevue Reporter

The state track and field championships begin May 29, and continue May 30-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

A host of local preps are on hand to chase state titles, led by multiple-time champion Budda Baker of Bellevue.

The senior sprinter is in the field for the 100 meter and 200 meter dash, and will also compete in the long jump after taking the Sea-King district title.

He will join Sam Richmond, Max Richmond, Isaiah Gilchrist, Marcel Lee and Rezhuan Henderson to form a quartet for the 400 meter relay as well (with two as alternates).

Gilchrist and Max Richmond are also in the 100 meter field, and Gilchrist and Lee will run the 400 as well. Max will also compete in the javelin throw, along with teammate Ryan Gilbert.

Graham Wendle, a senior, will finish his final state meet in the 800 and 1,600 for the Wolverines. Sam Richmond will run the 110 meter hurdles and compete in the long jump.

Gilchrist, Wendle, Henderson, Lee and Kyle Pratt will be the group for the 1,600 meter relay.

Isabelle Butterfield is in the state field for the 200 in her first prep track season. Butterfield, Eden Fox, Jojo Harber, Sabrina Mohazzabfar, Delaney Ugelstad and Giovanna Park will form a quartet for the 400 meter relay. Claire Wendle and Katherine Penner take the spots of Ugelstad and Park for the Wolverines' 800 meter relay group.

Michelle Louie and Ayane Rossano are in the field for the pole vault.

Sophomore Riley Brown will run the 100 meter dash for the Saints' girls. Senior Nikita Waghani will take her final run as a prep for Interlake in the 800.

Sophie Oscar will compete in the 100 meter hurdles, and along with Karissa Shapard, Brown, Daniella Marinelli, Victoria George and Daria Lewis form a foursome for the 400 meter relay. Brown, Shapard, Antoinette Tansley, Waghani, Rosalie Skorvon and Oscar will team in the 1,600 meter relay.

Interlake's boys team has a group in the 400 meter relay, as Mark Mukulak, Bryce Hardy, Benjamin Magbual, Rishav Dutta, William Hickman and Alexandre Ha will form a foursome.

Senior Austin Clark will be in the field for the long jump. Aaron Miller will try for a state title in the shot put and discus throw.

Kyle Juetten will compete in the high jump for Newport in the high jump. Chris Halamek is in the field for the shot put.

Candace Ho is a threat to win the girls 4A title in the pole vault, and enters with the third best mark on the year. Julia Slikowski will be in the field for the javelin throw for the Knights.

Justin Tundrea will compete in the 2A meet for Sammamish in the 100 meter dash, entering with a seed time of 11.34 seconds. Zen Moore is in the 300 meter hurdles.

Tundrea, Moore, Kendrick McVay, Riley Martin, Jonathan Backous and Alexandre Mooc will make a group for the 400 meter relay.

Pascale De Sa E Silva will be in the 3,200 for the Sammamish girls.

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