State Track: Richland's Quick wins high jump, pole vault

May 25, 2013 

TACOMA — Elizabeth Quick had always dreamed of this day.

The Richland High senior capped her high school career by winning the Class 4A high jump and pole vault titles at Star Track XXXI at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma.

“To win my two main events at my last meet for high school, it was a good day,” Quick said. “I had dreamed about it. It has been all that I wanted pretty much.”

Quick cleared 12 feet to win the pole vault, though that left her a mix of emotions afterward. She had hoped to clear 13 feet, but it didn’t happen Saturday. She did clear 5-5 in the high jump.

“It was a little rough at first,” she said of her high jump. “Early on, my knee wasn't high enough and I wasn’t as aggressive as I needed to be and then I turned it around and it turned out good.”

Quick, who has signed to compete at the University of Washington in the fall, helped push the Bombers to a tie for third place in the team race with 36 points.

While Quick’s titles were expected, Walla Walla’s Maddie Sirmon came out of nowhere to grab the Class 4A javelin gold medal.

The sophomore threw a personal best 144-7 on her final attempt to jump from third to first.

“My coach told me I just had to go full speed and I just went ahead and did my best,” Sirmon said. “It feels great. I don’t know what to do with myself right now, actually.”

Southridge’s Brenden Kelly thought he had won a state title, cruising to the Class 3A 300 hurdles victory.

But he was later disqualified for failing to bring his trail leg over the first two hurdles. Race officials said his trail leg went around.

“I know that is BS because when I run on the straight part, I’m on the outside lane and right when it starts to curve that’s when I go diagonal,” he said. “There’s no way my trail leg is doing that.”

The race officials felt differently and knocked Kelly out of the race, giving the title to North Central’s David Blue. It was a nice bounce back for Kelly, who had failed to advance out of the preliminaries in the 110 hurdles Thursday.

“I have mixed emotions right now. I’m kind of pissed off that this happened too,” Kelly said. “(I’m) pretty upset, but I’ll get over it. I always have next year too.”

Hanford’s Aaron Cunningham bounced back from a fourth-place finish in the discus, to grab the state title in the Class 3A shot put.

The senior won the title with a throw of 57-8, easily topping Bellevue’s Stuart Mitchell, who finished at 56-0.5.

Richland’s Asuanti Funer won the mixed wheelchair 100 meters in 23.86 seconds, while Payton Radliff was second in the long jump at 22-8.

The Southridge girls also grabbed two second-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

For the sprint relay team it was especially sweet because they were disqualified in the preliminaries a year ago.

“I just wanted to come home with a medal,” sophomore Nicole Edwards said. “Our team, we are really close. We did a lot of bonding and we have a lot of trust in each other and we know that no one is going to leave us like last year, and that no matter what we are going to get the baton across the line.”

The Suns finished that race in 48.6 seconds, while they crossed in 1:44.55 to take second behind Kamiakin in the 4x200.

“We are still very happy with second place,” Southridge’s Kylie Fraga said. “It was really exciting.”

NOTES: There were six records set Saturday, including Kamiakin’s Ellie Heiden in the 400. Other records were: Camas’ Alexa Efraimson in the Class 4A 800 at 2:08.17, Mt. Spokane’s Courtney Bray in the Class 3A pole vault at 12-7, Glacier Peak’s Amy-Eloise Neale in the Class 3A 800 at 2:08.61, Bellingham in the Class 2A 4x100 relay at 48.12, and Sehome’s Conner Johnsen in the 2A 3,200 at 8:59.76. … Wenatchee’s Isaiah Brandt-Sims won the 100 and 200 for the third consecutive season, keeping him in line to become the first Class 4A runner to ever win four golds in each event.

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