The sophomore, who is the defending state champ in the 1,600 and 3,200, will add the 800 for this season’s state meet.
EVERETT — In less than two years of high school, Lake Stevens sophomore Taylor Roe has proved she is a supremely talented distance runner.
She’s also quickly proving she has the ambition to match the talent.
Roe came into the Class 4A Northwest district meet with the top times in the state this season in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. She not only won the district championship in all three events, but she set meet records in each event, helping the Vikings win the team championship.
“I couldn’t be happier with it,” Roe said. “I’m just so grateful to be able to come out here and do this and be able to run all three (events). It’s just amazing. I love my team, and I just can’t say enough about my coaches or my teammates for helping get here because without them this isn’t possible.”
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Roe will go for the state championship in all three events next week at the state meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Distance runners often compete in two of the distance events, but it’s rare for an athlete to try in all three. It’s even more rare for that they would have the success Roe has had so far.
“It is the first time that I recall a distance runner trying to do it, to be honest,” Lake Stevens distance coach Stuart Chaffee said. “They’ve made the meet three days, so the schedule has changed in the last couple of years, which kind of makes it possible. Back when the meet was two days it was really out of the question, because you just wouldn’t have enough time.”
Roe has won back-to-back state championships in cross country and won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 at last year’s state meet. The decision to take a shot at the 800 this year was just made within the last week.
“She’s really trying to challenge…