First, he was hot on the football field, then the basketball court and now in the track and field realm.
Bothell High senior Da’Vicious Wilson — who will play on the gridiron next season at Central Washington University — at press time held the top long-jump mark in the 4A state rankings with a 22-5.
He tops the 4A KingCo standings in that event, plus the triple jump (43-7), the 110-meter hurdles (15.54) and as a member of the 4×100-meter relay (43.77) with teammates Keaton Cox, Jonathon Suh and Dane Siegelman.
Taking a breather in between events while sitting in the grandstand at Newport High on April 25, Wilson said he didn’t expect to notch such high marks so early in the season. Putting in tons of work in the offseason has helped him make an impact.
Wilson, who has been a three-sport performer since he was younger, broke his own school record in the long jump at the Pasco Invitational.
“I just felt like I was floating in the air. It was really crazy. I didn’t think I could go that far, but now I know I can go farther than that,” he said.
In order to tackle all his events at meets, Wilson noted that, “You have to be mentally right because it’s a lot on your body, and it’s a lot of stress that you can be put through because there’s a lot of different aspects to different events.”
Of his trio of sports, he enjoys football the most because it’s physically and mentally demanding. His two brothers also played football in college.
“The other two (sports), I just do for fun, just ‘cause I think I’m decent at them,” he said with a smile. He might try to walk on for either basketball or track at Central.
Also for Bothell, Ryan Witters leads KingCo in the 200- and 400-meter runs in 22.53 and 50.28, respectively; and Matthew Howard is first in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.82 and as part of the top 4×400-meter relay in 3:28.61 along with teammates Tyler Schenck, Cooper Hayes and Witters.
On the state front at press time, Witters is second in the 400 and third in the 200; Howard is 10th in the hurdles; Wilson is 10th in his hurdles; and the 400 and 100 relays are fourth and 10th, respectively.
On the girls’ side for Bothell, Lauren Stavig is first in KingCo in the 100 meters (12.50), 200 meters (25.96) and the long jump (17-2.25) and Mathilde Kodal is first in the 300 hurdles (47.83).
Stavig will be running track at Yale University next season and is going with the flow this spring.
“I’m trying to do my best and not stress out about anything, and it’s honestly made me get a little faster I feel,” she said, noting that it’s fun to place the long jump back on her plate. She jumped up until eighth grade, got back on board last year and is flying sky high with it this season.
It’s those 100 and 200 sprints, however, that really get her blood pumping when the starting gun blasts.
“I think the most fun thing in the world is running as fast as you can,” she said. “From a young age, I’d always be racing at recess and trying to get the fastest time. I’ve just always felt kind of free going as fast as I can, and feeling like a kid every time I run.”
State-wise at press time, the Bothell 4×400 relay of Devon Lipkin, Mallory Harder, Kerstin Ly and Estera Levinte is ninth in 4:08.41. (Stavig has also run on this relay.)
Bothell’s boys and girls are both league regular-season champs with 8-0 records.
For Inglemoor, pole vaulter Kim Kramers was second in both KingCo and the state at 12-0 at press time.