Track: Grandemange leads local discus run

May 30, 2014 

State Track & Field 2014

Kamiakin's Elisa Grandemange lets loose a throw in the 3A Girls Discus event Friday, May 30, 2014, at the State Track & Field Meet in Tacoma, Wash. Grandemange won the event with a toss of 144 feet, 11 inches.

PATRICK HAGERTY — Patrick Hagerty

TACOMA – The Class 3A state championship girls discus competition looked like a regular old Mid-Columbia Conference league meet Friday.

Kamiakin’s Elisa Grandemange defended her state title, Kennewick’s Samantha Lester was second and Kamiakin’s Sira Toure seventh.

The group had competed against each other all year, and it was no different at Mt. Tahoma High in Tacoma at the state meet.

“I have fun throwing against them,” Grandemange said. “It is nice to see familiar faces.”

Grandemange had a lot of fun Friday, throwing a season-best 144 feet, 11 inches on her second throw of the preliminaries. It wasn’t a career best, but that hardly mattered as she won a second state title.

“I had some good throws this week, so I was expecting to do well,” she said. “My big goal was 150 this year, but it is nice to end on a season best.”

Her previous best this season was a 142-6 at the Pasco Invitational. She threw a 146-6 at the Kiwanis Invitational as a junior.

Grandemange, who finished second in the javelin Thursday, spent her morning praying to calm her mind down before her big event.

“I say motivational quotes to myself like, ‘I can’t do this without God,’ ” she said. “That gets my mind off of thinking about throwing and I think that helps me a lot.”

Grandemange opened the meet with a 141-9 and then followed up with her big throw. The Kent State-signee will compete in a hammer throw event Sunday.

“(The title) is really nice. I feel really blessed,” she said. “We have amazing coaches, so I feel really happy.”

Lester was also ecstatic about her finish, even if she didn’t claim the title.

“It was a good way to close my career,” she said. “I enjoy throwing against (Grandemange and Toure). They are good competition.”

Lester, who was the state leader in the event throughout the season, threw a 140-7 on her first attempt but couldn’t top that the rest of the way.

“It was a good feeling, a good way to start (the meet),” she said.

Toure wasn’t happy with her performance (123-6), but vowed to coaches afterward that she would make up for it in Saturday’s shot put.

The two placings for Kamiakin help in the team standings, as the Braves are in hunt for a third consecutive team title.

w Craig Craker: 582-1509; ccraker@tricityherald.com

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