Tumwater’s Brown blitzes 400 field to defend crown

state track: Strategy was simple: Just go out and set a meet record in a personal-best time of 48.35

doug.pacey@thenewstribune.comMay 27, 2012 

TACOMA – When Andrew Brown stepped into the blocks for the Class 2A boys 400-meter final, he wanted to defend his state championship and run faster than he had ever run before.

The Tumwater junior did exactly that.

Brown’s winning time of 48.35 seconds was a personal best.

It was also the state-meet record.

“I was going for a PR (personal record),” Brown said, “and I’m glad I got it. And to get it and be the meet-record holder is even better.”

Brown was hardly challenged. He surged to an early lead and never looked back.

“I got a good start and felt good,” Brown said.

He credited the warm weather with helping him post a fast time.

“I love it,” he said. “Last year it was so cold. You didn’t have to worry about getting hurt this year.”

Brown, who also finished third in the 200 with a time of 22.58, was the only South Sound athlete to win a championship at Star Track 30 on Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

River Ridge sprinter Necy Wade came close to defending her crown in the 2A girls 100 meters, but fell to a friendly rival.

Blaine’s Cherish Morrison wrested the title back from Wade, winning the race in 24.92 seconds. Wade was second in 25.29.

Morrison, a senior, won the 100 as a freshman and sophomore. She also became a four-time state champion in the 200 and 400 on Saturday and added a third state title in the 4x400 relay. In four years, Morrison has 14 track state titles – 11 individual events and three relays.

Timberline’s Rashon Smith wore two silver medals around his neck proudly. Sure he was just tenths of a second away from winning a gold in the 110 hurdles on Friday and he came up a little short in the 300 hurdles on Saturday, but he wasn’t disappointed.

“It’s my senior year and I gave it all I had,” Smith said. “I left it all on the track.”

Smith pushed Hanford’s Joseph Collett in both hurdles events but couldn’t quite overtake the talented Falcons junior.

Collett won the 300 hurdles in 38-flat, and Smith was second at 38.63.

“Even if I would have run my PR, he would have still got me,” Smith said. “He’s a great runner and a nice guy, so I don’t feel any shame in losing to him. I feel like it was a personal victory for me just to be here and running beside guys like that.”

Smith is now hoping some college will take a chance on him.

“I would love to continue in track,” he said. “If someone gives me a chance, they will get my best.”

AROUND THE TRACK

Tumwater senior Annie Torfin placed eighth in the 2A girls 100 and 200 and sixth in the 400. … Olympia’s Alexis Fesenbek took fourth in the 4A girls 400, clocking 58.23 seconds. Teammate Sofia Kane was 11th in the 4A girls 1,600 with a time of 5:13.49. … Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier placed fourth in the 2A girls 300 hurdles in 45.29 seconds. … Black Hills’ 2A girls 4x200 relay placed fourth in a time of 1:44.83. … W.F. West’s Dallas Snider was third in the 2A boys 800 in 1:53.75. He was fifth in the loaded 1,600, his 4:14.80 time better than the previous state-meet record. … Tumwater’s David Durden was fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.70. … River Ridge’s 2A boys 4x100 relay team clocked a time of 43.97 seconds and placed seventh.

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