Kyra Brannan certainly didn't jump her farthest Friday, but it mattered little to the sophomore.
The Kamiakin sophomore was nearly a foot under her best long jump of the season, but still won the Class 3A girls long jump title at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland.
Adding to the excitement, was the fact that the 16-foot, 11-inch jump came on her final attempt of the day.
"I'm just happy I got first," she said. "I really went after it on my run. I was in third, but then I got my jump."
Brannan also was part of the Kamiakin sprint relay, which continued its amazing run this season, winning the Eastern Washington Regional track and field championships title with ease.
The Braves cruised to a school-record time of 47.84 seconds, which also shaved a half-second off their state-leading time.
"I'm still in shock," Kamiakin anchor Ellie Heiden said. "We have great girls. And when the weather is nice, you better watch out."
Freshman Lindsay Schauble ran the opening leg, senior Khadidja Toure the second and sophomores Brannan and Heiden the final two.
The group has rarely been challenged this season, and they certainly weren't by the region's best Friday.
"We just had really good handoffs," Toure said. "That was important to get the baton around."
The two victories give the Braves a strong lead in the team race, though official team scores were not available.
Kamiakin also had freshman Andrea Stapleton take second in the high jump, and Stephanie Rexus and Michelle Fletcher finished 2-3 in the 3,200 meters.
Bloodied, but not out: West Valley's Zane Irvine provided a big scare Friday.
The pole vaulter was attempting to clear 14-6 when he came up short, landed awkwardly and kneed himself in the head, opening up a large gash above his right temple.
He was bleeding profusely on the mat, causing the meet to be halted for about 30 minutes as an ambulance rushed to the scene. Irvine was eventually bandaged up in the pit and walked off under his own power. He shook hands with University's Jay Alexander, thinking he had finished second and earned a state berth.
Irvine left the meet to go to Kadlec Hospital in Richland. While he was gone, Alexander missed his other two attempts at 14-6 which meant that Irvine won the regional title -- bloody and all.
Are we there yet?: Richland's Lindsay Bradley won an unusual regional title in the 3,200.
The freshman heard the bell go off signaling the final lap, and she went into her kick, quickly pulling away from the field.
The only problem? The bell was rung accidentally, and it was only the seventh lap of the eight-lap event.
Bradley had no idea, until some race officials met her at the 60-meter mark to shout to her that she had another lap.
Despite expending so much energy on the kick, she was able to hold on to the title, winning in 11:16.96.
"That was not a fun last lap," she said. "I was afraid (Eisenhower's Mayra Chavez) was gonna come up on me at 200 meters, but I think she probably thought it was the last lap too."
The race was also delayed nearly 30 minutes because of the injury at the pole vault pit.
"It messed me up a little bit," she said. "I just wanted it to be over. I'm glad it turned out like that, even though there were some setbacks."
Blowing out the field: North Central's Katie Knight is used to winning titles, but probably not so easily.
The junior went wire-to-wire in the Class 3A 3,200 race, blowing the doors off the competition. Knight finished in 10:44.1, while Kamiakin's Rexus was second at 11:18.84.
FORE!: Lewis & Clark's Joshua Syrotchen nearly caused a scary moment during the Class 4A discus.
Syrotchen unleashed a monstrous throw of nearly 190 feet, throwing it so far that the discus went past the boundary and nearly hit a Central Valley athlete, who was chatting with her friends.
The throw didn't count as it was wide right of the landing area.
Syrotchen did finish second in the event at 178-5, which was a nice bounceback for him. He came in as the No. 1 seed last year before fouling on all three attempts and failing to advance.
Hear her roar: Kennewick's Angelique Whistocken and Hanford's Melissa Merrill both brought home regional titles.
It was the first of Whistocken's career, as she threw 126-7 to win the javelin. Southridge's Gabby Hinojosa was third at 116-3. Hinojosa also qualified for state in the shot put.
Merrill cleared 5-4 to win her title, a far cry from her dominating day at the Pasco Invite -- but still a regional title and a state berth.
Chiawana's Sadie Sparks cleared 5-2 in the Class 4A high jump to earn a state berth as well.
Last but not least: Richland's Dennis Christensen and Scott Mayfield both earned state nods in the Class 4A discus. Christensen finished third at 161-6 and Mayfield earned a rare berth by besting the state standard in the event, finishing fourth at 155-0.
Sophomore Payton Radliff was third in the long jump to pick up a spot at state, while Walla Walla's Jonah Hoe was second.
Eastern Washington Regional Track and Field Championships
Friday at Fran Rish Stadium, Richland
Team scores not available.
Top three advance to state, and athletes who meet state standards
3,200: 1. Andrew Gardner, Mead, 9:01.77; 2. Santos Vargas, Eisenhower, 9:01.82; 3. Jacob Smith, Wenatchee, 9:02.19; 4. Conor McCandless, Gonzaga Prep, 9:05.54.
4x100 relay: 1. Mead (Evan Maack, Wes Bailey, Austin Stone, Gunnar Kayser), 42.31; 2. Wenatchee (Blake Aguilar, Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Phillip Moore, Spencer Smith), 42.95; 3. Lewis & Clark (Deandre Williams, Coleton Fitzgerald, Alex McClendon, Brennan Schon), 43.29.
Pole vault: 1. Cameron Law, Moses Lake, 14-0; 2. Blase' Neumann, Mead, 14-0; 3. Drew Brown, Central Valley, 13-9.
Long jump: 1. Brennan Schon, Lewis & Clark, 22-3.5; 2. Jonah Hoe, Walla Walla, 22-1.5; 3. Payton Radliff, Richland, 21-4.
Discus: 1. Damon Unland, Ferris, 181-1; 2. Joshua Syrotchen, Lewis & Clark, 178-5; 3. Dennis Christensen, Richland, 161-6; 4. Scott Mayfield, Richland, 155-0.
3,200: 1. Lindsey Bradley, Richland, 11:16.96; 2. Mayra Chavez, Eisenhower, 11:21.93; 3. Alexandria Moore, Central Valley, 11:22.26.
4x100 relay: 1. Mead (Kelsey Mix, Tymen Grant, Kylie Drynan, Malia Maack), 48.87; 2. Moses Lake (Kayla Grigg, Alysha Overland, Caylah Lunning, Diamond Ransom), 49.05; 3. Ferris (Michelle Klaue, Kassy Moats, Monica Mueller, Megan Davis), 49.4.
High jump: 1. Audrey Ketcham, Wenatchee, 5-6; 2. Mariah Cunningham, Central Valley, 5-4; 3. Sadie Sparks, Chiawana, 5-2.
Long jump: 1. Mariah Cunningham, Central Valley, 17-4.75; 2. Caylah Lunning, Moses Lake, 17-0; 3. Savannah Hoekstra, Central Valley, 16-11.75.
Javelin: 1. Brooke Brown, Eisenhower, 137-9; 2. Grace Peven, Wenatchee, 126-0; 3. Roni Dringle, Central Valley, 120-2.
Shot put: 1. Courtney Hutchison, Mead, 44-10; 2. Meaghan Nelson, Mead, 36-8.25; 3. Ewieona Williams, Eisenhower, 35-9.
3,200: 1. Anthony Armstrong, Kamiakin, 9:05.87; 2. Nathan Weitz, Shadle Park, 9:08.04; 3. Kai Wilmot, North Central, 9:12.69.
4x100 relay: 1. Kamiakin (Corey McLean, Austin Gutierrez, Jim Fowler, K Perrins), 43.45; 2. Hanford (Abe Martinez, Joe Collett, Dan Miller, Ben Kelly), 43.52; 3. Eastmont (Michael Ballard, John Wehrer, Kyle Isaacson, Trenton Osborn), 43.53.
Pole vault: 1. Zane Irvine, West Valley, 14-1; 2. Jay Alexander, University, 14-1; 3. Berle Walker, Eastmont, 13-9.
Long jump: 1. Trenton Osborn, Eastmont, 22-7; 2. Chris Haueter, Southridge, 21-10.25; 3. Brian Burt, Eastmont, 21-3.
Discus: 1. Cody Quinton, Hanford, 169-7; 2. Durran Bates, North Central, 155-10; 3. Jordan Frazier, Eastmont, 154-4.
3,200: 1. Katie Knight, North Central, 10:44.1; 2. Stephanie Rexus, Kamiakin, 11:18.84; 3. Michelle Fletcher, Kamiakin, 11:26.53.
4x100: 1. Kamiakin (Lindsey Schauble, Khadidja Toure, Kyra Brannan, Ellie Heiden), 47.84; 2. Southridge (Kimberly Brinkworth, Nicole Edwards, Michelle Snider, Kamree Griffiths), 49.72; 3. Mt. Spokane (Ashlee Pedersen, Katie Nilsson, Kennadie Clute, Jasmine Bethely), 49.76.
High jump: 1. Melissa Merrill, Hanford, 5-4; 2. Andrea Stapleton, Kamiakin, 5-2; 3. Olivia Janney, Eastmont, 5-0.
Shot put: 1. Tanisha Whitsett, University, 39-7.25; 2. Casey King, Eastmont, 39-7.25; 3. Gabby Hinojosa, Southridge, 37-2.
Long jump: 1. Kyra Brannan, Kamiakin, 16-11; 2. Amanda Konynenbelt, Shadle Park, 16-9.25; 3. Kendra Hamm, University, 16-8.
Javelin: 1. Angelique Whistocken, Kennewick, 126-7; 2. Gianna Damiano, Mt. Spokane, 124-9; 3. Gabby Hinojosa, Southridge, 116-3.