Submitted by Pope John Paul II High School
For the first time in its history, Pope John Paul II High School girls track and field team are State Champions. Sweetening the victory was the boys team taking third in the WIAA Track and Field State Tournament. Senior, Trevor Dugo, was the second highest scorer overall (1B, 2B & 1A) in male track. Vivi Kondrat was second in 1B female track.
Coach Larry Weber pointed out that the Eagles put forth their strongest effort as a team and many of the student-athletes had their best performances of the year at the state championship. Trevor Dugo took first in the boys 1600 and 3200 as well as second in the 800. Clare Kondrat took first in the girls 3200 and second in the 1600.
For a team like the Pope John Paul II Eagles to place at the Washington State Championships requires many individual athletes performing at a high level. Other great performances by the girls team included a second place finish by Catelin King in the 3200 and Ariel Brewer placing third in the 3200. In fact, Eagles took five out of eight podium spots in the 3200 meters. In the 4×400 relay, Isabella Friedline, Adeline Heact, Clare Kondrat and Moriah Steinbrecher took home second place, with Lindsey King contributing in the preliminary to help the team qualify for the final.
Helping the boys team to their third place finish at state was Samuel Rucker taking third in the 3200 and Noah Braun making the throw of his life breaking the school record and finishing third in the Discus. The boys owned the 1600 meters with Sam Rucker, Kaden Harley and Trevor Dugo all making the podium and Trevor finishing first to win one of two individual state championships. Anthony Herness attributed the entire teams success at state to a “culmination of their exceptional dedication to getting better as athletes each and every day, coupled with elite coaching by Larry Weber and his assistants.”
Pope John Paul II High School
Pope John Paul II High School provides a college preparatory education to South Puget Sound students in the rich tradition of Catholic education. JPII develops young men and women who are intellectually strong, spiritually alive, and committed to serving the needs of others. JPII is open to all young men and women, regardless of their faith tradition. We are committed to serving students from all economic backgrounds and provide financial assistance to families in need.