Track and Field signs four stellar athletes

February 8, 2013

Everett, WA – The Eagles are excited to announce the addition of four stellar athletes to the roster for the inaugural season of Track and Field at Trinity Lutheran College. Janell Alyea, Kaja Harrison, Johnny Bywater and Anthony Manago have all signed letters of intent and have enrolled for the Spring Semester. The foursome will join the group of distance runners who competed during the Cross Country season when the team hits the track this spring.

Janell AlyeaJanell Alyea: As a prep athlete, Janell placed 4th in the 2006 4A WIAA State Championship in the Discus while competing for Everett’s Cascade High School. In 2010, when Everett Community College expanded its Track and Field team to include the full complement of sprints and field events, Janell became that school’s first female thrower since the 1986 season. Janell was the 2012 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Champion in the Discus and a three time Junior College All-American in the Discus and Hammer. Janell’s 43.50m (142’ 8.6”) mark at the NWAACC Championships in the Discus is an EvCC school record and her 43.37m (142’ 8.5”) Hammer mark is the school’s second best all-time. At Trinity Lutheran College, Janell will be able to continue to work throws with Coach Mary Parker, who was an All-American for the University of Oregon, competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and who was a multiple State Champion while competing for local Snohomish High School. At Trinity, Janell will take on a familiar role as the first female throws athlete ever to compete for Trinity.

"It’s a good bet that the school records Janell establishes at Trinity will be tough to beat. She’s not just the right athlete to get things going for us, she’s the right person too – she’s a great fit for Trinity and we’re thrilled to have her helping to get things started,” said Matt Koenigs, Triniy Head Track and Field Coach.

Kaja HarrisonKaja Harrison: Kaja competed for Trinity during the fall as a freshman on the Women’s Soccer team playing in the midfield. On the track at Point Loma High School in San Diego, Kaja excelled in the 400m event. Her personal best time of 59.02 placed her 5th in the Eastern League Championships qualifying her to compete at the San Diego Championship. Kaja also posted personal best times at Point Loma in the 100m of 12.98 and in the 200m of 26.11. With the addition of Track and Field, Kaja becomes the first two sport female athlete at Trinity. She will be training with sprints and jumps coach, Norman Warren.

“Kaja is quickly becoming the face of Trinity athletics and is a very talented runner. We’re excited to get her out there this spring. She’s the first piece in our putting together a really solid 4x400m relay team, which we’re hoping to have in place for the 2014 season,” said Koenigs.

Anthony ManagoAnthony Manago: A standout track & field athlete for Tukwila’s Foster High School who also competed as a wide receiver for the Bulldog football team, Anthony’s personal best in the long jump of 21’9” immediately makes him one of the NCCAA’s top jumpers. As a prep athlete, Anthony placed 3rd in the Long Jump at the 2012 Washington State 2A Track and Field Championship and 8th at the prestigious BorderDuel Track Classic in Portland. Anthony was also the 2A West Central District Long Jump Champion. At Foster, Anthony also participated as a member of the 4x100m relay and competed in the High Jump.

Koenigs was ecstatic about Anthony’s addition to the program. “To find this combination of character, work ethic and athletic ability in someone is not common – Anthony fits so well with the vision I have for what we are building. I could not have asked for a better person in our first jumper,” said Koenigs.

Johnny BywaterJohnny Bywater: A graduate of Lake Stevens High School, Johnny was a three-time participant in the WIAA 4A Cross Country Championship and a standout on the Vikings’ Track and Field team where he posted personal best times in the 3200m of 9:53.18 and 4:42.84 competing in the 4A District 1 Championship in both events. After graduating, Johnny enrolled at Everett Community College where he excelled on the track as a middle distance and steeplechase specialist. Johnny’s 4:08.33 1500m time earned him a trip to the NWAACC Championship where he also competed in the 3000m Steeplechase finishing 4th and earning All-American honors. His personal best of 10:00.20 in the steeple ranks him 9th all-time at EvCC in the event. Johnny will also be competing with the Eagles during the Cross Country season in fall. Johnny’s 26:50 8-kilometer personal best time during his freshman year for the Trojans would be a school record at Trinity.

"We’re really excited about what Johnny brings to the table – he gives us some versatility as he is strong from 800m on up and can also give us a nice 4x400m relay leg when asked to do so. Looking at cross-country, with two sub 26-minute 8k guys in Contreras and Yoke coming off their redshirt seasons and now adding Johnny to the mix … there’s a lot to like about what the fall has in store,” said Koenigs.

“Johnny was a leader and a team captain for us during the 2011 season at EvCC when our men won their first ever NWAACC XC Title. He’s a great person, a man of God and we love the leadership element that he will bring to our young team.”