38th Annual Shoreline Invitational Track and Field meet Saturday dedicated to Frank Workman and Steve Pouley

Thursday, April 27, 2017

T-Bird Devin Kirk, left, is again expected to do well in
the boys 800. Photo by Corey Rainboth at 2016 Invitational

Close to 1,000 athletes from 73 schools are set to compete in largest all-boys track invite in the NW on Saturday, April 29, 2017 starting at noon at Shoreline Stadium, N 185th and 5th NE.

Shoreline Stadium will again host many of the best Boys Track and Field teams and individuals from around the state in the 38th Annual Shoreline Invitational.

Field events are scheduled to begin at 12pm, while the first running event is slated for 1pm. Over 1,000 athletes from 73 schools are expected in the biggest all-boys invitational in the Northwest.

This year’s meet is celebrated as the 38th annual meet. The meet first began in 1974 and continued through 1982. With the closing of Shoreline High School, the meet shut down from 1983-1988. In 1989, the meet started up again under the name Thunderbird Invitational and has been going strong since. The name was changed back to Shoreline Invitational in 1994, with both Shoreline high schools (Shorecrest and Shorewood) supporting the meet.

Ticket Prices: Adults $7
Students W/ASB $5
Seniors and Children $4

Team title up for grabs: Last year, Lincoln nearly doubled up second place Bishop Blanchet by scoring 67 points to win the team title. Blanchet was second with 39. While Lincoln is not back to defend its title, a very balanced field arrives on Saturday. It should be a fun day to see who ends up with top honors. Many of last years top 10 teams return … perhaps one of them will be the winner. 

Last years top 10: Lincoln (67), Bishop Blanchet (39), Inglemoor (37) Kentridge (35), O’Dea (33.5), Tahoma (30), Shorewood (26), University (23), Bonney Lake (23), University (23) and Bellingham (22).

This year Bonney Lake, Jackson and North Central seem to be the strongest on paper. We’ll see how it plays out on Saturday. Should be a fun run towards the team title.

State’s best are here: Of the 17 events that exist on the athletic.net state leader board, many of the state leaders will be in attendance on Saturday. In addition, multiple events include three or more of the state’s top 10.

The 400 and 800 may be the feature races of the day. Six of the state's top 10 will be racing in the 400, led by third ranked O’Dea product Evan Mafilas. Three of the states top five athletes in the boys 800 will square off as well with Noah Wallace (Lewis and Clark), Chris Bianchini (Glacier Peak) and home town product Devin Kirk (Shorewood) all having times under 1:54.5. 

You don’t want to miss the distance races as Shoreline has a history for some record fast times and this year should be no exception. 

This year's meet is dedicated to Frank Workman and Steve Pouley. 

Don Dalziel, Director of Athletics for Shoreline Schools, says, "We are fortunate in the Shoreline Community to have two outstanding, dedicated announcers working at our stadiums for athletic events. Frank and Steve have been the voices heard since 2004. They are a large reason that Shoreline is able to host events each year and are especially part of the success of this track meet."


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