TACOMA – Turns out rest did the trick for Elisha Allred after all.
Missing the last month of the season after aggravating an elbow injury, the East Valley senior decided to stop throwing the javelin in hopes the tender joint would heal.
It apparently healed enough as Allred tossed a personal best by 11 feet to capture 2A gold with a throw of 135 feet, 7 inches Friday at Star Track XXXII at Mt. Tahoma High School.
“It was pretty crazy,” Allred said.
Her winning throw came on her first attempt.
“I scratched my four throws after that because they were all horrible, but I still got it out there,” she said. “I knew I could do it. I’ve always known I could do it. I didn’t necessarily expect it to happen today.”
Allred was fighting what she hopes was the tail end of a cold. On the drive to Tacoma, she vomited a couple times.
“I was super sick yesterday,” she said.
Allred is seeded No. 1 in the discus, which will be held today. It’s the event she was most confident in heading to state.
“I was just hoping to maintain my seeding in the javelin,” said Allred, who was seeded fifth. “I didn’t think I could win.”
Allred’s father took her out for a celebration dinner.
She hopes to earn a second celebration dinner today.
Allred returned to the motel after dinner and iced her elbow.
“It’s still pretty sore,” she said.
But a state title numbed some of the pain.
Andrew Buynak of Deer Park was second in shot put at 52-0. He came into state seeded second with a personal best of 53-3½.
Angel Nkwonta of Pullman took third at 40-¾.
Alex Rankin of EV took fourth in high jump (5-2) and Tora Luu of Colville finished tied for sixth (5-0).
Anna Cartee of Deer Park was fourth in the triple jump (36-4½).