SPOKANE — Richland High’s Bridgette Underwood was confident she could hit the state qualifying standard Friday, but she wasn’t expecting to uncork the throw of her life.
The junior qualified for state on her first throw in the javelin, and then one-upped herself by setting the school and regional record in the event, recording a mark of 145 feet, 7 inches to win the Class 4A title at the Eastern Washington regional track and field championships at Spokane Falls Community College.
“I didn’t think I could throw it that far,” she said. “It’s just overwhelming. My goal was 135, but this was my dream.”
The mark was easily her personal best and sends her to next week’s state meet for the first time.
While Underwood was a bit of a surprise winner, Kamiakin’s Kyra Brannan and Elisa Grandemange held their seeds to win titles.
Brannan captured her first individual regional title, going 18-10 to win the Class 3A long jump.
“I was feeling bouncy,” she said. “There is something about the blue track, it puts me in a good mood.”
Whatever it was it worked, as Brannan soared to the title. Grandemange won the javelin, throwing 126-1 to win her first regional title. Teammate Amanda Miller was second in the event at 124-10.
The top two in each event automatically qualified for state, while others could advance if they met a qualifying mark.
Richland’s Elizabeth Quick is headed back to state in the high jump, a year after missing out. Teammate Lindsey Bradley captured the title in the 3,200, winning in 11:07.18.
Quick cleared 5-5 and nearly set the school record, but clipped the bar at 5-7.25.
“My jumps felt really good,” she said. “I don’t care if I win every meet, I just want to jump my best and winning was the cherry on top.”
Quick also anchored the 4x100 relay to a victory, competing in the race for the first time this season. Sprinter Alyssa Powell pulled out of the relay to concentrate on four different events, and Quick won a sprint off to earn the right to run.
About an hour after the victory, though, the team was disqualified because a runner on the team left the meet early and scratched out of the 200. Athletes are not allowed to scratch out of events except for medical reasons, so the runner was disqualified from all events she competed in.
Because of the DQ, Walla Walla’s 4x100 relay picks up a state berth. That team consisted of Hannah Moeller, Dominique Cox, Maggie Callan and Ally Gibbar.
Teammate Maddie Sirmon also advanced, taking second in the javelin, while Hannah Burns was second in the shot put.
Kamiakin’s Michelle Fletcher was second in the 3,200 and Sira Toure second in the shot put and Chiawana’s Cara Gillmore was second in the long jump.
In the Class 3A girls 4x100 relay, Southridge won the title in 48.23, just holding off rival Kamiakin, which was second at 48.29.
Kamiakin’s Andrea Stapleton also grabbed her first regional title, winning the high jump by clearing 5-4.
Her personal best is 5-6 — a mark she set as a freshman last season — and she is hoping to get back there in her final meet of the year next week.
“It’s a mental block,” she said. “I know I can get over it, I just need to do it.”
Class 4A/3A Eastern Washington Regional Track and Field Championships
Friday-Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College
Top 2 advance to state; *-denotes advance to state by qualifying standard
Team scores: 1. Walla Walla, 51; 2. Central Valley, 43.83; 3. Richland, 41.17; 4. Mead, 25.67; 5. Lewis & Clark, 21.17; 6. Ferris, 21; 7. Chiawana, 15; 8. Gonzaga Prep, 12.
3,200—1. Lindsey Bradley, Richland, 11:07.18; 2. Alexandria Moore, Central Valley, 11:15.4; 4. Courtney Cox, Walla Walla, 11:23.99; 7. Sidney Bullock, Richland, 11:55.02. 4x100—1. Central Valley, 49.62; 2. Walla Walla, 49.79; 6. Chiawana, 51.87; Richland, DQ. HJ—1. Elizabeth Quick, Richland, 5-5; 2. Mariah Cunningham, CV, 5-4; t4. Kate Hogan, WW, 4-10; and Kiana Newcomb, WW, 4-10; 8. Payton Bower, Richland, 4-8. LJ—1. Mariah Cunningham, CV, 17-11.5; 2. Cara Gillmore, Chiawana, 16-7.5; 5. Madison Powers, Chiawana, 15-10.25; 6. Elizabeth Quick, Richland, 15-9.25; 8. Peyton Wahl, Richland, 15-5. Shot—1. Courtney Hutchison, Mead, 46-11.5; 2. Hannah Burns, WW, 38-2.75; 3. Kataina Tonhdavong, WW, 37-7.5; 4. Shanice Lakes, Richland, 36-4.25; 6. Madi Doepker, WW, 34-11. Jav—1. Bridgette Underwood, Richland, 145-7; 2. Maddie Sirmon, WW, 131-6; 4. Madi Doepker, WW, 127-10; 8. Marie Hallowell, WW, 114-4.
Team scores: 1. Kamiakin, 73; 2. Southridge, 49.5; 3. Shadle Park, 27; 4. Rogers, 20; and North Central, 20; 6. University, 13; 7. Kennewick, 11; 8 Mt. Spokane, 10; 9. Hanford, 7.5; 10. Sunnyside, 3.
3,200—1. Katie Knight, NC, 11:17.57; 2. Michelle Fletcher, Kamiakin, 11:34.18; 3. Emily Kump, Southridge, 11.53:01; 6. Brittany Brooks, Kamiakin, 12:08.49; 8. Kaylee Sanchez, Kamiakin, 12:13.56. 4x100 relay—1. Southridge, 48.23; 2. Kamiakin, 48.29; *3. Mt. Spokane, 48.62; *4. Shadle Park, 49.11; 6. Sunnyside, 51.78; 7. Hanford, 52.02. HJ—1. Tierra White, Rogers, 5-4; and Andrea Stapleton, Kamiakin, 5-4; 3. Paige Thompson, Southridge, 5-2; 4. Monica Rowley, Hanford, 4-10; and Morgan Wilder, Kennewick, 4-10; and Naylat Guich, Kennewick, 4-10; and Mertece Hatchet, Southridge, 4-10. LJ—1. Kyra Brannan, Kamiakin, 18-10.25 2. Amanda Konynenbelt, Shadle Park, 18-0; 3. Michelle Snider, Southridge, 17-4; 5. Makenna Behrens, Southridge, 16-1; 6. Kylie Fraga, Southridge, 15-10. Shot put—1. Sabrina Keys, North Central, 41-5.75; 2. Sira Toure, Kamiakin, 38-4.75; 3. Kimberly Brinkworth, Southridge, 37-10.25; 4. Samantha Lester, Kennewick, 37-3.25; 5. Katelynn Fuller, Kamiakin, 36-4.5; 6. Kendreya Skinner, Hanford, 35-11.5; 8. Panisesi Taimani, Kennewick, 35-2. Javelin—1. Elisa Grandemange, Kamiakin, 126-1; 2. Amanda Miller, Kamiakin, 124-10; 3. Paris Airoldi, Southridge, 114-9; 7. Parker Lee, Kamiakin, 102-7.