The Kamiakin girls added much-needed points to their coffer Friday, with a shiny handful coming in the 3A 110-meter hurdles.
The Braves lead the team race with 35 points, followed by Kelso and Holy Names Academy with 24 points each.
Kamiakin junior Heather Donais won the hurdle event with a time of 15.08 seconds. Teammate Lindsey Schauble was right on her heels in second with a time of 15.27.
“I’m shocked right now,” said Donais, who is in the 300 hurdle finals today. “This is awesome. I’m glad I got to run it with (Schauble). She said at the starting line, ‘Let’s go 1-2.’ This is what we wanted.”
Schauble, also in the 300 hurdle finals, improved on her third-place finish from last year.
“These points really help,” Schauble said of the 18-point haul in the event. “This is a good feeling. This makes up for the long jump.”
One defending champion from the Tri-Cities already is a repeat winner.
Richland senior Larry Still successfully defended his 4A pole vault title, sailing up and over the bar at 15 feet, 6 inches.
Still, who opened at 14-6 and passed on 14-9, cleared 15 feet with no problem, then went over 15-6 on his second attempt. He missed at 16 feet, but the title was already his.
“It’s really fun,” Still said of being 15 feet in the air. “It’s really enjoyable — but it’s not as much the height, but the hard work that goes into it. I put my work in. If I didn’t win, I didn’t win.”
The three-time defending champion Kamiakin girls picked up a third and a sixth place in the girls long jump in the morning.
In the 300 hurdle prelims, Donais (44.64) and Schauble (44.85) both won their heats and were the only two runners in the 16-person field to run under 45 seconds.
The Braves also advanced their 4x100 relay team to today’s finals with a time of 48.91. It was the second-best run of the day, behind Southridge’s 48.49.
In the long jump, Kamiakin sophomore Allison Stapleton finished third with a mark of 17-4 ½ — just a quarter-inch out of second place. Though she improved from eighth place last year, the mark was far from her seeding mark of 18-7 ½.
“I could have done better, but I did better than last year,” said Stapleton, who will compete in the triple jump today with older sister Andrea. “When I was doing my run throughs, I was fast, but then on the runway I wasn’t. It’s crazy.”
Schauble, who was fifth last year, improved her distance from a year ago, but her leap of 17-0 ¼ only brought her sixth this time around.
“That’s really bad,” Schauble said. “I did the same thing last year, coming in with a good mark and then this. I would be nice not to do that.”
The duo earned nine points for their efforts.
“Anything for the team,” Schauble said.
In the boys 3A discus, Kamiakin sophomore Wyatt Musser made a splash in his first state meet with a second-place finish.
Musser’s top mark of the day was a personal best 165-1, thrown on his third attempt in the prelims. He went into the finals with the top mark.
“This feels good. That’s a PR by 8 feet,” Musser said. “It looked like it was going to go out, but I said ‘get in.’ God was looking out for me.”
Trevor Payne of Mt. Spokane won the discus with a throw of 167 feet.
“I was thinking my enemy would be Trevor,” Musser said. “He beat me at regionals. I thought that’s how it would go.”
Musser was just one of five Kamiakin boys to qualify for state — and the only one to place — in the shadow of the dominant girls team.
“All of our girls are amazing,” Musser said. “I wish our boys were as good.”
The boys 4A 100 prelims saw Pasco’s Christian Young and Chiawana’s Dre Dorton move into today’s finals.
Running in borrowed shoes, Young turned in a time of 10.92 seconds in the second heat and finished with the fourth-best time going into the finals.
“I had to save some energy, I have four events today,” Young said. “I just have to forget this and move on.”
Young had his spikes stolen during practice this week. Ryan Croson of Bothel was kind enough to lend Young a pair.
“They were good,” Young said.
While Young had shoe issues, Dorton struggled with the blocks. His favorite set from home would not stick into the track, and he had to use ones provided at the meet.
“I’m a little disappointed in my time,” said Dorton, who ran a 10.94 and had the seventh-best time in the prelims. “I had to use different blocks and that gave me a different feeling.”
Young and Dorton also advanced to the 200 final, and Young donned his Superman cape twice more on the day, turning in the top run in the 400 prelims at 48.85 and running the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay team that qualified seventh after a poor first handoff.
Also qualifying for the 4A boys 400 final was Walla Walla’s Ethan Gardner with a time of 49.67.
In the 3A 100 prelims, Hanford’s Joe Gauthier turned in an 11.15 — the third-fastest time — to reach the finals. Gauthier also ran a leg on the 4x100 relay team that had the second-fastest time in the prelims at 43.24.
Southridge senior Austin Beyer picked up a fourth-place finish in the 3A boys javelin with a throw of 186-2. Hudson Keffer of Central Kitsap won with a mark of 198-1.
“Hudson was at the Pasco Invite, and I was second to him there,” Beyer said. “This is kind of bitter sweet. This is my first year at state and I’m a senior. There was only 7 inches between third and fourth place. This year was one of the best 3A groups they have had at state in a few years.”
In the 3A boys 300 hurdles, Hanford’s Austin Davis (39.81) and Southridge’s Brian Yale (40.01) advanced to the finals. Davis had the second-fastest time among the competitors.
In the girls 4A shot put, Walla Walla’s Madi Doepker was seventh with a throw of 39-0 ¼.
In the boys 2A javelin, Prosser sophomore Tanner Bolt was seventh with a toss of 154-4.