Liberty boys track and field team takes 9th in state

Read about the Renton-area track and field state championships results here.

Of the Renton area high schools, Liberty and Hazen found spots on the podium at the 2023 state track and field meet at Mt. Tahoma High School on May 25-27.

The Patriot boys secured a ninth-place finish behind great performances from sophomore Jackson Moffit and senior Ben Archer.

Moffit recorded points in three events running the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter races. His best finish was the 400 meter where he took third; in the 200 meter he placed fourth and in the 100 meter, he took eighth.

Archer ran the long-distance races for Liberty. He qualified and recorded points in the 800 meter where he took sixth place.

Sutton Flint also scored some points for the Patriots. Sutton ran the 300-meter hurdles and finished seventh in the finals on Saturday.

The Patriots also had one relay score points, in their final race of the meet the 4×400 meter relay team got on the podium. With a time of 3:24.43, the blue and green took fifth.

Senior Paige Bajsarowicz was the top placer for the Patriots on the girls side coming in fifth place in the 400-meter race. Senior Sydney Ashe placed eighth in the pole vault. Sophomore Kiona Hill found her way inside the top eight with a 123-01 javelin throw.

The Patriot girls team also had a sixth-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay.

Hazen had five representatives receive points at the year-end meet. Freshman Kenyon Andrews shined bright taking third in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Illia Beizak tied for eighth in the high jump for the Highlanders.

The highest finisher for Hazen was senior Kayla Kittrell who entered the final with the fastest qualifying time and placed second in the final heat. Kittrell was also the anchor leg on the 4X100-meter relay team for Hazen, which took sixth.

Renton had one representative make the final day of track down at Mt. Tahoma. The lone Redhawks was a 4×100-meter relay team that came in sixth place. The runners were Demond Reed Jr., Janssen Eisma, Karmelo Bell and Jonathan Munoz.

Paige Bajsarowicz long jumps in the finals. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Paige Bajsarowicz long jumps in the finals. Ben Ray / The Reporter