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Mead's Mike Smith clears the final hurdle during his prelim heat of the 300-meter hurdles and qualifies for Saturday's 4A finals. (Patrick Hagerty / Patrick Hagerty)

2A teams have best day at state track in Tacoma

TACOMA – The second day belonged to 2A.

Spokane County 2A schools had the most success at the state track meet Friday at Mt. Tahoma with Cheney hurdler Diondre Moore-Young and Deer Park pole vaulter Bailee Jacka winning titles.

“I’m pleased (but) I wished I would have run a little faster,” Moore-Young said. “I wanted to get the record (but) it’s about the gold.”

Ferris did get gold in the 4A boys discus but it wasn’t from regional champion and top-seeded Drew Sharkey. The junior had to settle for silver when sophomore teammate Damon Unland passed him by 3 feet in the finals.

“During warmups, before finals, I started feeling it,” said Unland, one of the few competitors to have a personal record on a day that three hard rains blew through the Mt. Tahoma Stadium thanks to the steady home-stretch headwind. “It’s pretty crazy. I didn’t think I would get first as a sophomore. It’s pretty cool.”

There were numerous field-event finals but the high hurdles was the only gold-medal event on the track.

The Mead and North Central boys remained in contention to defend their state team titles when the meet concludes today.


Sharkey came a long way in two weeks. A 160-plus thrower going into district, he threw 30 feet shorter and was ninth, his season over until a teammate scratched for regional, pushing him back into the field. Given a second chance, he capitalized.

“Pretty unreal, pretty happy. I’m just glad to be here,” he said. “I knew it was in me, it was just one bad week. Next year I’m hoping for the school record.”

Sharkey threw 159-6, 5 feet shy of his best, but enough for a brief lead at state.

Unland went into finals fifth at a soggy 154 feet but quickly seized the day.

“I was just hoping that would hold up,” he said.

Beating the first rain, Mead sophomore Courtney Hutchinson, the defending champion, put the shot 43 feet, 11½ inches, almost 18 inches better than she did last year in a downpour but a place short of repeating.

It was a bittersweet result, finishing second to 45-footer Kayla Adams of Thomas Jefferson – who was the victim of Hutchinson’s breakout last year – but surpassing the school record she shared with two others, including her sister Ashley.

“I ended up hurting my back two weeks ago so I wasn’t able to practice for a week,” Hutchinson said. “That was really frustrating. I’m proud of myself because I just PR’d and I broke the school record, my sister’s, so that was fun. But I wanted to hit a 45 today so that was frustrating.”

Despite some tenderness in her back, she had a strong day with the big throw on her third attempt.

“I was over 42 on most throws, that shows I’m consistent and I’ll pop a big one next year,” she said.


North Central’s three-time defending boys champions aren’t all about distance running.

Senior Matt Lill contributed a big eight points in the Indians’ bid for another title by placing second in the discus, his throw of 160-1 just a foot shy of his best.

“It’s nice to bring recognition to something that historically we haven’t been good at, so I’m setting a new standard,” Lill said. “It’s nice.”

He was quite a ways behind winner Jon Lawson of Prairie.

“I feel that I still had more left,” Lill said. “On some of my throws I could have put a little more into it. I could have done better but maybe not first because 189 is an extremely good throw.”

Lawson’s 189-11 is 15th on the all-time list.

The Indians’ chances of winning another title took a hit when the 400 relay team couldn’t complete a handoff in prelims.


Moore-Young had quite a day, starting when he didn’t qualify for the 100 finals, in part because of a poor start, and ending when he qualified for the 200. In between he qualified in the 300 hurdles before winning the 110’s, with a lot of the credit to a great start.

“I knew I had to get out good,” he said. “It’s too long of a season to come here and let down.”

His time of 14.56 was four-hundredths from the record.

In the pole vault, clearing the bar was easier for Jacka – who came in off an impressive 11-7 regional win – than clearing her mind.

“I felt a lot of pressure,” she said. “I’m sure it was mostly put on by myself, but I felt it.”

But she settled down and seized control.

“It was probably at about 10 feet when I kind of realized in order to do what everyone thought I was going to do I had to take control of my mind and just jump without worrying about anything else,” she said. “For me it’s pretty hard to get my mind under control because I’m thinking about a whole bunch of ‘what if’s.’”

She cleared 10-9 to win and then the rain ended the competition.

“My coach told me today the weather was just going to be ugly vaulting so it wasn’t going to be a PR day,” said Jacka, who ran on a qualifying sprint relay.

The rain meant the 2A boys got off late and West Valley’s Joe Aubert got off one miss before it was interrupted. Then the WV valedictorian switched poles and finished second, losing on misses when he cleared 14-6 on his third attempt and Washugal’s Brendan Casey made it on his first.

“It wasn’t really the conditions, it was the stop and go, stop and go,” Aubert said. “It was less the weather than the waiting.”

Teammate Tyler Poldervardt was second in the shot put and Pullman’s Ben Pavish was second in the triple jump, both shy of a PR and well behind the winners.

Last lap

Joining Mt. Spokane boys’ 1,600 relay team on the sidelines was the two-time defending state champion Mead girls. In the 400 prelims, Mt. Spokane’s Jack Cerenzia and Lewis and Clark’s Coleton Fitzgerald were disqualified. All the DQ’s were for running on the lane marker for four consecutive strides. … The 4A boys pole vault was postponed when the third or fourth rainstorm blew through late Friday afternoon. … Kasen Williams of Skyline set the state all-time best in the triple jump at 50-9¾. … Deer Park’s versatile Allison Gladhart, who is here in the 800 and 1,600, sang the national anthem.

Some old records fell in those 3,200 races late Thursday. Kendra Weitz of Shadle Park erased Lisa Dressel’s 1988 record; Kenji Bierig of Lewis and Clark replaced the 1968 mark of Phil Burkwist; and Sanne Holland took out Jeannette Zimmer’s 10-year old mark at Cheney. In taking a big whack out of her own school record, North Central’s Katie Knight ran the fifth-fastest time in state history, but finished second to Glacier Peak’s Anna-Eloise Neale, who ran the No. 4 time. Weitz is now No. 6. … Clarkston’s Jamie Weisner of Clarkston, who won the 4A javelin last year, threw 147-8 on Thursday, making her No. 8 on the all-time list, but she finished 20 feet behind state record-holder Christine Kirkwood of Othello.