Track and field: Baylee Mires, who could finish high school with more gold medals from the state track meet than any athlete in Greater Spokane League history, will run for Washington next season.

The Mead seniorchose UW over California after considering all the Pac-10 schools and other track powers across the country.

“I loved the team,” she said. “It’s going to be different. They’re so good in cross country, I’m going to walk in and have them take care of me.”

Though Mires has twice placed fifth in the State 4A cross country meet, her passion is on the track. She won the 800- and 1,600-meter races at the State 4A meet the past two seasons as well as anchoring the Panthers’ two-time State 4A-winning 1,600 relay team. Last spring, Mead won the team championship, to go with the boys title won by the Panthers, who are coached by Mires’ father, John.

Dave Trimmer