La Conner’s Matty Lagerwey got a big win by a tiny margin Thursday at the Class 2B Track and Field Championships in Cheney.
Lagerwey won the state title in the triple jump by a quarter of an inch. The senior’s mark of 37 feet, 1 3/4 inches pushed her ahead of Asotin’s Adrienne Washington and her mark of 37-1 1/2.
Lagerwey said the mark posted by Washington was a little scary, but said adrenaline helped her power through.
“I started out really good. My legs started getting tired, but I wanted to end my triple jump season well,” Lagerwey said. “I’ve gotten amazing support from my teammates and coaches.”
The winner’s stand at Eastern Washington University offers the Braves standout a familiar view.
She won the triple jump at the state meet last year and has never finished outside of the top five. She was third and fifth in her sophomore and freshman seasons, respectively.
The three-day meet continues today and concludes Saturday.
Class 1B Championships
CHENEY — Three Mount Vernon Christian athletes nabbed top-eight finishes, and another broke a school record on the first day of the three-day meet.
Austin Lazar posted a personal-best of 4 minutes, 47.25 seconds to place fourth in the 1,600-meter run, and teammate Jonathan Brown was eighth (4:53.39).
In the girls’ meet, freshman Maddy Nielson placed eighth in the 1,600 in 6:03.87.
Mount Vernon Christian’s Gabe Taylor broke the school record in the 100-meter dash in his prelim race. He finished in 11.17 seconds.
“It was a good day for the kids. They did what they needed to ... or exceeded expectations,” Hurricanes coach Linda Gudmunson said.
Class 2A Championships
TACOMA — Two Skagit County athletes earned second-place finishes Thursday.
Burlington-Edison’s Taino Ferdinand placed second in the boys’ long jump with a mark of 21-9 1/2. Anacortes’ Saville Feist placed second in the girls’ 1,600 with a time of 5:02.67.
“I felt good. It was good competition,” Ferdinand said.
Burlington-Edison coach Kevin Gudgel said, “Taino led the competition for a long time. Then the kid from Pullman really popped one. For his first state competition, he did really well and he still has the high jump and triple jump to go.”
“It was a great day for us,” he added.
The Tigers’ Brylee Axelson-Ney finished fifth in the high jump (5-0).
In the boys’ meet, Burlington-Edison’s Cody Schutte was sixth in the shot put (50-1 3/4).
Sedro-Woolley’s Rafe Holz finished seventh in the boys’ 1,600 (4:26.52)
The meet continues through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School.