TACOMA – Scotty Miller was a good outfielder growing up.
And his favorite part of the position was chucking the baseball.
Then he picked up javelin – and has starred at Yelm High School the past four seasons.
Miller accomplished something for the first time Saturday – winning a Class 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district title.
His throw of 189 feet, 1 inch on his second attempt of the championship finals was enough to hold off Bremerton’s Kyle Kennedy (183-4).
“When Kyle went 183-4, it was only behind me by a couple inches, and it got me nervous,” Miller said. “But I had a little adrenaline going, and it helped. That is when I went 189-1.”
With all the body twists and arm motion in the event, Miller said tossing a javelin is different than throwing a baseball.
“You don’t even have to know you’re doing it right,” Miller said. “It has to happen right.”
Everything went wrong for Olympia High distance runner Nate Brennand at the start of the 4A boys 1,600.
Auburn Riverside High’s Korey Krotzer shot ahead of the pack, but Brennand, boxed in, could not follow.
“About 150 meters into the race,” he said, “I was dead last.”
Brennand picked his way through the pack and caught up to Krotzer with two laps to go. Brennand passed him just after the start of the final lap and held off a late charge, edging Krotzer by two-hundredths of a second and finishing in 4:14.09. Brennand’s winning time was the fastest state mark in 4A this season.
In the 3A boys 100 meters, Timberline High’s Douglas Sudberry wasn’t sure what he was more dumbfounded by in the finals Saturday – his slow jump out of the blocks or the explosive start by Kennedy Catholic’s Darian Brooks, who captured the district title with his 10.90-second finish.
“When I came out of the blocks, my knee buckled and it shocked me,” said Sudberry, who was third at 11.18. “And I looked at him and wondered how he got out of the blocks so quickly. It is like he starts right at the gun.”
Last week, Yelm’s 400 boys relay team won the Narrows League crown over Lincoln. The Abes returned the favor Saturday after Quadelle Satterwhite chased down Zach Williams in the final meters of the anchor leg.
Lincoln won in 43.19; the Tornados were second at 43.21. Both advanced to next week’s state championships.
“I was not expecting that kind of competition in this race. I thought once we had first, we would cruise through,” Williams said. “As soon as (Satterwhite) came up behind me ... I kicked it in, kept up but he had just that extra step on me.”