TACOMA – The steps, the marks in the Mount Tahoma Stadium infield and ultimately the execution were all in synchronization last year as Timberline High School’s Sasha Weber captured the Class 3A girls high jump title.
But Friday, back at that same site, something was amiss for the junior. Nothing seemed right.
And Weber, the defending champion, was upset by Mountain View’s Michelle Kiss at the West Central/Southwest bi-district meet.
Kiss won with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches, while Weber was the runner-up at 5-4 – a mark short of her lofty expectations.
“I had trouble finding my spot. I was taking off not where I wanted to, and had to change it every time,” Weber said. “I jumped fine in practice ... but today (Kiss) outdid me. She is a good jumper, too.”
Capital High School’s Logan Myers had better luck in the high jump, winning the 3A boys event with a leap of 6-4.
Olympia High School distance runner Nate Brennand led the 4A boys 3,200 meters heading into the final lap, but was overtaken in the backstretch by Federal Way’s Meron Simon, who won in 9 minutes, 18.07 seconds.
Brennand and Auburn Riverside’s Korey Krotzer found themselves at the front of the pack early in the race. Neither wanted the responsibility to set the pace or bear the brunt of gusty winds.
“Korey and I glanced at each other and neither of us wanted to go,” said Brennand, who finished second at 9:20.59. “That’s why the pace was slow.”
Brennand, who posted a time of 9:13.08 earlier this season, believes the pace at state will be faster.
“I don’t expect the race at state next week to model this race at all,” he said. “It’s going to be much faster. Most definitely, it will have a quicker pace.”
The boys 110 hurdles finals will feature a trio of South Sound runners, including Myers (Heat 1 winner at 15.75), Timberline’s James Segura-Mitchell (Heat 2 runner-up at 15.68) and teammate Rashon Smith (third in Heat 2 at 15.68). Smith also had the second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles at 40.04. ... Yelm High’s Marcus Crone advanced to next week’s Star Track by finishing second in the 3A boys pole vault. His 13-9 mark was behind district champion Jonathan Wishard of Kelso (14-0). ...Timberline sprinter Douglas Sudberry won his heat in the 3A 100 meters in 10.93 seconds, and will enter today’s finals as the No. 2 seed behind Kennedy’s Darian Brooks (10.92). ... Sean Keller of Heritage High School set a bi-district record in the 4A boys javelin with a throw of 223-10.