Pope John Paul II Track & Field School Records (2018-Present)

Pope John Paul II High School started a new track and field program in 2018. 

We have a very young program with official seasons in 2018, 2019, and now in 2022. There was no official outdoor season in 2020 due to COVID issues. In 2021 there was a league season for about six weeks. However, the district and state meets were canceled because of Continuing COVID concerns.

Here is a brief history of each Track and Field season to date:

2018

The Track & Field team did incredibly well in their first-ever track and field season. The team qualified many people to state and had several state placers. The boy's team made the state podium, placing fourth in their first-ever state track and field championship meet. The boys brought home the first state trophy in athletic school history.

The state placers in the first meet on the boy's side included Caden Deutscher (1600, 3200) and, Kobe Deutscher (800, 1600), Jack Farrell (800, 1600), and Dmitry Sutton (3200). Jack (800, 1600) and Caden (3200) placed second in their specialties at the state championships.       

Of particular note, 2018 was Jack Farrell's first and only track and field season of his life. Jack became the first athlete in a JPII sport to receive an athletic scholarship to a University after his outstanding track and field season. Jack currently runs for Saint Martin's University. This fall, Jack was the number one runner on his cross-country team (2021).

Molly Zepeda and Holley Nichols reached the podium on the girl's side in their first state track meet. Molly placed in the 100-meter hurdles, and Holley placed in the 1600 meters. These two were the first ladies to place in individual events at a state championship athletic event for JPII.

2019

In just their second year, the boy's team placed second in the Washington State Championships

. Kobe Deutscher (800, 1600), Caden Deutscher (3200), and Tim Sellars (shot put) all won individual state championships to become the first athletes in school history to win state titles in any sport. Brothers Caden and Kobe Deutscher became the first brothers in state classification history to go 1-2 in the 1600 and 3200-meter events.

The girl's team placed 5th at the state championships in their second year with a team. Maggie Larson (800 meters), Clare Kondrat (1600 meters, 3200 meters), Molly Zepeda (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, triple jump, long jump) all made the state podium in their events. The 4x400 meter relay team of  Morine Kimani, Isabella Pettis, Holley Nichols, and Maggie Larson made the podium.

2020

There was no season in 2020. However, Tim Sellars threw in a virtual state competition, breaking the school record in the shot put. Tim also threw farther than the existing state record in the shot put during the 2020 virtual season by a large margin.

2021

The JPII boys and girls teams won the Sea-Tac League Track & Field Championships. Both the boy's and girls' teams were heavy favorites to win the state championships because they led the state in numerous individual events. However, the district and state meets were canceled due to COVID concerns. Still, in their state classification, Kobe Deutscher, Joshua Braun, and Clare Kondrat were named Washington State Track and Field athletes of the year.                                                                                     

JPII was blessed to win three out of four statewide track and field athletes of the year awards in 2021.

JPII Boys Track & Field Records

100 meters

Joshua Braun, 11.58 in 2021 

110-meter Hurdles 

Joshua Braun, 16.15 in 2021                                    

200 meters 

Francis Pettis, 23.93 in 2022 

300-meter Hurdles 

Joshua Braun, 42.53 in 2021     

400 meters 

Francis Pettis, 55.06 in 2022

800 Meters     

Kobe Deutscher, 2:00.95 in 2019 

1600 Meters                    

Kobe Deutscher, 4:29.69 in 2019 

3200 Meters   

Caden Deutscher 9:49.27 in  2019  

4 X100 Meter Relay 

Joe Oczkewicz, Francis Pettis, Trevor Dugo, Joshua Braun

47.56 in 2019  

4x400 meter relay 

Trevor Dugo, Sean Foley, Kobe Deutscher.,Caden Deutscher

 3:38.63 in 2019

High Jump     

Noah Simmons, 5'8" in 2019  

Pole Vault   

No record yet 

Long Jump   

Joshua Braun, 21’ 6 1/2" 2021         

Triple Jump   

Joshua Braun, 45’6 1/2" in  2021 

Shot Put                

Tim Sellars, 53’ 8 3/4" in 2020         

Discus                                                                                 

Tim Sellars, 133’6" in 2019     

Javelin 

Noah Braun, 124’ 10” in 2022 

JPII Girls Track & Field Records

100 meters

Lindsay King, 14.02 in 2022

100-meter Hurdles 

Molly Zepeda, 16.66 in 2019                                   

200 meters 

Molly Zepeda, 27.93 in 2018 

300-meter Hurdles 

Molly Zepeda, 49.26 in 2019    

400 meters 

Moriah Steinbrecher, 66.40 in 2022

800 Meters     

Maggie Larson, 2:33.43 in 2019 

1600 Meters 

Clare Kondrat, 5:37.38 in 2019     

3200 Meters   

Clare Kondrat, 12:21.25 in 2019

4 X100 Meter Relay 

Morine Kimani, Megan Bohlig, Isabella Pettis, Molly Zepeda

55.55 in 2018

4x200 Meter Relay

Moriah Steinbrecher, Natania Steinbrecher, Isabella Friedline, Addie Hecht

1:59.46 in 2022

4x400 meter relay 

Morine Kimani, Isabella Pettis, Holley Nichols, Maggie Larson

 4:29.85 in 2019

High Jump     

Isabella Pettis, 4' 6" in 2018   

Pole Vault   

No record yet 

Long Jump   

Molly Zepeda, 15' 9" in 2019         

Triple Jump   

Molly Zepeda, 33' 2 3/4" in 2019 

Shot Put                

Lillian Hamilton Ulrich, 28' 1/4" in 2021      

Discus                                                                                 

Lillian Hamilton Ulrich, 66'9 in 2021 

Javelin 

Megan Bohlig, 79' 3" in 2018

Boys Track and Field

Sea-Tac League Champions

2021

Sea-Tac Sportsmanship Team Of The Year

2021

Years With State Qualifiers

2018, 2019

State Individual Championships

2019 (4 individual state titles)

State Team Podium Placings (Top four teams in the state make the podium)

4th place 2018; 2nd place 2019. 2018 was a historical moment for JPII sports. In their first year with a team in 2018, the boy's track and field team was the first athletic podium team in a state championship event in school history.

Girls Track and Field

Sea-Tac League Champions

2021

Years With State Qualifiers

2018, 2019

Sportsmanship Team Of The Year

2021

I am still compiling the number of individual podium places in track and field for historical purposes. However, this post serves as a start to keep our history alive.

The track and field program is still very new. I will do my best to update this document as long as I am a coach at JPII.

Pandemic Years Of 2020 And 2021

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the great heart of the track and field teams during the pandemic. Although the team had a great attitude during the pandemic and took things in stride, much was lost.

I don’t want to marginalize what these excellent teams accomplished. They continued to train and never gave up on their goals. No doubt, several individual and state team championships were potentially lost in 2020 and 2021.

Both Eagle's track & field teams were one of the favorites to win state titles in 2020 and 2021 in track and field, but the state meet was canceled. JPII Track and Field athletes led the state in their events more than any other team in 2021.

I bring these accomplishments up to recognize our student-athletes fantastic work, even knowing a state meet would not happen.

The Pandemic teams showed heart, determination, and grit, absolutely knowing there would be no final exam for them to show how hard they worked.

I will never forget the 2020 and 2021 teams. These were some of the greatest teams I’ve ever coached, maybe the greatest of all, because of their incredible character in the most significant societal challenge in generations.

The JPII Pandemic teams never gave up. They became role models for us adults about how to handle adversity.

Blessings,

Coach Weber 

Philippians 4:13


          The first-ever JPII Track & Field Team In 2018

             Washington State Track & Field Athletes Of The Year

                      Washington State Distance Athlete Of The Year

                      State Shot Put Champion Tim Sellars

Tim's shot put throw in 2020 is the furthest throw in his classification in Washington State History. Unfortunately, there was no state championship in 2020, so it is not the official record. It is still the longest throw ever by a 1B athlete which is the smallest athletic classification in Washington.

                   Multiple School Record Holder Molly Zepeda

          State Champion Brothers Caden and Kobe Deutscher

       Sea-Tac League Champions and Sportsmanship Team Of The Year