Holy Names’ Jordan Oakes records best time in state this season in winning third 1,600 title

The future Stanford runner ran a 4:50.27, winning the Class 3A title. Lake Stevens’ Taylor Roe won her second Class 4A 1,600 title.

TACOMA — Holy Names senior Jordan Oakes has been bothered by a nagging Achilles injury throughout the track and field season. Judging by her performance in the Class 3A girls 1,600 final at the state meet on Thursday, she seems to be doing much better.

Oakes, who will continue her running career at Stanford, won her third consecutive state title in the event, finishing in a season-best time of 4:50.27, more than nine seconds faster than Prairie freshman Meri Dunford, who finished second at Mount Tahoma High School.

“I just recovered and I’m starting to get back in the groove now,” Oakes said. “I was hoping for a strong race and a really good effort today, and I felt like it went pretty well.”

Not only was Oakes’ time her best of the season, but it was also the best time in the state in any classification, surpassing the 4:50.56 of Lake Stevens sophomore Taylor Roe set May 17.

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Oakes took the early lead and ran around 70 meters in front of the other competitors for much of the race. The result was never in doubt; the only question was if Oakes would break the meet record, but she came up nearly six seconds short.

“Each day I’m trying to beat the runner that I was, either the day before or last year,” Oakes said. “I really feel like I’m running against myself a little bit, and I’m pretty competitive, so usually that works.”

Oakes also won the 800 at last year’s state meet but will not run that event this year, instead opting to run the 3,200 on Saturday.

Roe followed Oakes with an impressive performance of her own to repeat in the Class 4A 1,600. Roe jumped out to an early lead and was never challenged, finishing with a time of 4:54.86.

Roe is the favorite to repeat in the 3,200 on Saturday and will also run the…

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