State Track Championships: Day One
The State Championships got started this afternoon at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Our first qualifier into the finals was Karlee Stueckle, who won her heat of the girls 100 hurdles and will compete tomorrow evening in the finals of that race.
Shortly thereafter, Jonah Mains stepped into the ring to compete in the Shot Put. Unfortunately, bad timing got the best of us this week as Jonah Mains succumbed to a nasty bug that kept him home during the week and left him a little off this afternoon. Jonah had been improving each week and was poised to stand proudly on the podium if it were not for getting sick. A huge success of a season, Jonah was not only SPSL Champion but cemented himself as the best shot putter in ER school history (o ya, and he is only a sophomore).
Mareonna Henderson also saw her high jump season end, but she will graduate as the school record holder in the high jump and qualifying for the state meet in this event marked the fifth different event Mareonna had qualified for in her prep career, a remarkable feat.
Mareonna and Karlee also led their 4x400 relay team into the finals. Joined by freshman Carley Huber and sophomore Sophia Brown, the quartet competed well and put themselves in a position to stand on the podium on Saturday. With only eight schools remaining in the state in this event, we are proud to count ourselves among them.
Action continues tomorrow with the 300 hurdle preliminaries and the 100 hurdle finals.