KENNEWICK -- Give Angelique Whistocken a goal in the javelin and she’s apt to hit it.
The Kennewick thrower has had a history this season of needing a certain distance and meeting just that.
“I told her last week at regionals, if she throws it 126-5 she will go to state,” Kennewick javelin coach Charlie Hingston said. “Her first throw was 126-7. She took one more throw, and went and ran the 400 and when she came back it was over and she had won.
“I need to tell her 140 this week.”
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Whistocken will throw the javelin at 1 p.m. Friday during the Class 3A State Track and Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
At the first meet of the season this year, Whistocken needed to throw 120 feet to help the Lions win the javelin relay at the West Valley Rams Relays in Yakima. It came down to her last throw and she promptly threw 122 feet.
Whistocken’s easy, joking nature was evident Tuesday, as she struggled to hold a straight face for a photographer. Self-described as a prankster, it’s easy to see why the pressure at big meets doesn’t faze her.
“I like (the pressure),” she said. “It gives me an adrenaline rush and helps me want to go to the top.”
Whistocken started throwing the javelin as a freshman and has progressed throughout her career from around 90 feet to a personal best of 132-0, thrown at the district meet two weeks ago at Eastmont.
She is not a typical javelin athlete, throwing it more like a softball, but her natural ability has put her in position to win.
“If she threw it right,” Hingston said, “she would be throwing 140 or 145. She has a nice long arm, and a really fast arm. I keep waiting for her to do it exactly right.
“I think she has a really good chance at winning this thing. If you put something down out there and tell her to beat it, she’ll beat it.”
While she is unsure of whether she will compete in college, she has talked to the Central Washington coach about playing for the NCAA Division II Wildcats.
Her natural athleticism portends to a possible heptathlete at the next level. She advanced to state in the 200 meters as a junior, and also has competed in the 400, 800, 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles as well as the javelin in her high school career.
For now, though, she is concentrating on her event Friday, giving her a chance at history for Kennewick.
“I honestly think I’m going to win,” she said. “I don’t want to be overconfident, but all I have to do is go perform.”
And if she does go perform to her ability, then a state title is a real possibility. She is seeded No. 2 behind Mt. Spokane’s Gianna Damiano, who has a top mark of 134-3 this season.
The pair have gone head-to-head three times this year and Whistocken has come out on top each time.
If Whistocken does it again, then she will certainly deserve the accolades she said she would get.
The school apparently hangs a banner for state title winners and gives them a parade with a drum line through the halls of the high school.
“(Winning) would mean a lot,” she said. “Not very many people go to state track, so it would be cool to leave behind the legacy.”