TACOMA — Burlington-Edison’s Taino Ferdinand continued his strong performance at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships on Friday.
Ferdinand topped his second-place finish Thursday in the long jump by winning a state title in the high jump, clearing 6-feet, 10-inches, which shattered the school record he set last week at the bi-district meet.
"It was a gigantic jump," Burlington-Edison coach Kevin Gudgel said. "It's one of the top jumps in the country this year."
Ferdinand got off to a slow start as he missed his first attempt at the beginning height of 5-10.
"It by no means started clean for him," Gudgel said. "But he got it going."
Eventually, the bar reached 6-6, which was Ferdinand's personal record as well as his school record. Even at that height, there were still five competitors vying for the title.
Once again, Ferdinand missed his first attempt, only to clear it on his second. That would become a trend as the event progressed. It was the same sequence — miss, make — at 6-7, 6-8 and 6-9 as well as the winning jump.
Gudgel said Ferdinand just missed at 6-foot-11.
"He's having a heck of a meet," Gudgel added.
It was also a memorable day at Mount Tahoma High School for Sedro-Woolley junior Makenna Peterson, who claimed a second-place finish in the javelin throw.
Peterson's best throw was 116-3. Kiersten De La Rocha of Washougal won with a throw of 116-4.
"I started out and threw 114 feet and that put me in a good spot," Peterson said. "My second throw of prelims put me in 116, so I was first going into finals. It felt natural and it all came together."
Burlington-Edison's Connor Nelson placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.21).
Class 4A State Championships
TACOMA — Mount Vernon shot putter Daniel Carrillo had a goal to enter the ranks of the 60-foot club this season.
He entered that club and on the biggest stage as he won the state title in the event with a heave of 60-feet, 1 3/4-inches.
The throw bested his PR by almost 5 feet and broke the school record of 57-4 set in 1985.
"He finished second a year ago," Mount Vernon assistant coach Forrest Willoughby. "He didn't want that to happen again. Almost every throw today was a new PR. He wanted that 60-feet. It was a great day."
Carrillo was pushed by Walla Walla's Patrick Utschinkski, who finished second at 59-10.
"I came here expecting to compete," Carrillo said. "I had a lot of support."
The University of Wyoming track and field commit's winning throw came on his second of three in the finals.
"Everything just felt smooth and light," he said. "I felt it was a good throw. When I saw the mark, I was excited. To finally be part of the 60-foot club, that's a goal I had this season."
Class 1B State Championships
CHENEY — Mount Vernon Christian's Gabe Taylor won a state title in the triple jump with a winning jump of 43 feet, 10 1/2 inches.
Taylor hit his best mark on his final jump. He surged ahead of a field that included second-place finisher Andrew Carrington of Puget Sound Adventist, whose best mark was only a quarter-inch off Taylor's winning one.
Mount Vernon Christian eighth-grader Maddy Nielson tied for eighth with a pole vault of 7-0.
Class 2B State Championships
CHENEY — La Conner's Matty Lagerwey followed up a state-title winning performance in the triple jump Thursday with a third-place performance in the javelin throw. She threw a best of 118-6.
Concrete's Tyler Nevin placed sixth in the long jump at 20-0.