TACOMA — All Dallon Grinder wanted was a state title.
Earlier this year, he was in the finals at the state wrestling tournament, but fell short. On Thursday at the Class 3A state track and field championships, he was in the hunt for a title in the discus, but again couldn’t get over the hump.
In the final event of his high school career Saturday at Mt. Tahoma High, though, he took care of business, winning the gold medal in the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 101⁄2 inches.
“(It was) a good cap to my career,” he said. “I’ve been working my butt off all year for it. It’s not my best, but I won. I came out, tried my best and competed.
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“First sport I’ve won state in and first sport to letter. This is it.”
Grinder will compete in football and track and field for Eastern Oregon next year.
With Grinder’s victory, the Falcons finished fourth in the team standings with 44 points. Bellevue won the title with 73 points. Sprinter Ben Kelly was second in the 200 meters and Daniel Pfaff was third in the jump.
BEST SPRINTER EVER?: Wenatchee’s Isaiah Brandt-Sims may not have broken Ja’Warren Hooker’s hallowed sprinting records, but he is certainly in the conversation as the best sprinter in state history after his performance Saturday.
Brandt-Sims won the Class 4A 100 in 10.76 and the 200 in 21.38, giving him four consecutive titles in each event. He is the first boy in state history to pull off that feat.
“I’m just so excited,” he said. “I can’t believe I did it. Someone was telling me about it last year and I was thinking, ‘Eh, I don’t think I’ll be able to get that, there are too many fast guys in 4A.’ And here I am now.”
Brandt-Sims battled injuries throughout the season and was participating in just his fifth track meet of the year at state, but it didn’t show too much during his races Saturday.
He wrapped up his career with just three losses in races inside the state of Washington. He lost the 200 meters twice to Mead’s Wes Bailey at the 2011 and 2012 Pasco Invitationals. He also lost a 100-meter race to Renton’s Justin Bennett at the 2011 Shoreline Invitational.
When it was all said and done Saturday, he was asked how he wants to be remembered.
“I want to be remembered as one of the greatest sprinters in Washington,” he said.
FINISHING STRONG: Plenty of area athletes didn’t win titles Saturday but still finished their seasons strong.
Sunnyside’s Elijah Pena took second in the triple jump, leaping 43-6 to bounce back from a rough outing in the long jump and the 300 hurdles.
Richland’s Payton Radliff was second in the long jump with a mark of 23-2. Teammate Bridgette Underwood was third in the javelin with a throw of 137-8 and Macey Weitz fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11-3. The Bombers’ girls team finished third in the team standings with 37 points. Federal Way won the title with 72 points.
Walla Walla’s Maddy Sirmon was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 136-11, while Grandview’s Jamila Shafer was fourth in the discus with a throw of 114-0.
LET THE RECORDS DROP: The Federal Way girls 4x100-meter relay team broke a record that had been standing for 31 years Saturday, winning in 46.9 seconds.Karis Cameron, Ta’Mara Richey, Gabriela Pelogi and Hannah Cunliffe teamed up to beat Garfield’s record of 47.05 set in 1983.
Camas star Alexa Efraimson set a state record in the 800, finishing in 2:04.1. The mark shattered the old record by nearly four seconds.
In the Class 2A boys 4x100 relay, River Ridge broke the classification record finishing in 41.49. Tumwater’s Peyton Russell set the record in the girls 2A triple jump, going 39-7.75, Ephrata’s Jonathan Green ran a record time in the 2A boys 100 meters, finishing in 10.61, and Seattle Prep’s Joe Hardy broke his own 3A 3,200 record finishing in 8:55.11.