Tumwater’s Feldmeier runs to Shelton Invitational record

Staff writerApril 27, 2013 

SHELTON — Brooke Feldmeier is good at many track and field events for Tumwater High School.

So good that she holds five school records, and she’s only a junior.

The one record she chased all season was the 400 meters, and she finally got it Saturday at the 53rd Shelton Invitational.

Her winning time of 56.66 seconds gave her school record No. 5, joining the high jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and heptathlon. She also broke the meet record of 56.84, set by Heritage’s Jessie Bobert in 2003.

Other meet records Saturday were set by Northwest Christian’s Karen Bulger in the girls javelin (152 feet, 5 inches) and Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen in the girls mile (5 minutes, 1.97 seconds).

Saturday was just the seventh time that Feldmeier ran the 400. She gave it up after her freshman year to concentrate on the 300 hurdles, but she resumed the one-lap sprint this year.

She got the competition she wanted, too, running against Bellarmine Prep’s Hannah Derby, the defending Class 4A state champion who ran 55.51 at last year’s Star Track XXX.

Feldmeier beat Derby (58.44) by almost two seconds, in spite of gusty winds.

“I was worried about the wind, but I just felt really strong throughout the whole thing,” said Feldmeier, who also won the 100 hurdles in 15.22. “I was excited to have someone pushing me. ... I’m really surprised but really happy. I knew I had it in me.”

Gig Harbor, led by a sweep in the jumps by Utah-bound senior Courtney Jost, won the combined team title with 120 points. Central Kitsap was second with 85, followed by Bellarmine Prep (72.50), Hoquiam (59) and Tumwater (57) in the 44-team event.

Bulger, who helped the Class 2B Navigators place eighth with 50 points, was a double winner in the javelin and the shot put (40-6ß). It was the third time this spring that Bulger set a meet record for the javelin at an invitational. Her meet-record toss came on her third throw, but she tweaked her lower back after her release on her fifth throw.

Bulger, whose April 13 throw of 161-5 ranks second nationally, noted she had back issues two years ago as an Olympia High freshman but said she would be fine.

“It just needs to crack,” Bulger said.

The day’s premier race, the boys 400, featured Foss’ Marcus Chambers and Tumwater’s Andrew Brown, the defending state champions in their classifications. It had been three weeks since Chambers last ran the 400, but he won in 48.31, ahead of Central Kitsap’s Michael Thomas (48.86) and Brown (48.91). Chambers’ personal-best time of 46.62, set April 6, is the nation’s top time this spring.

While this was the pair’s final high school race against each other, they will carry over their rivalry to the Pacific-12 Conference starting next spring, as Chambers will race for Oregon and Brown for Washington.

“We’re friends, but when we’re on the track, we’re competitors,” Chambers said. “We want to beat each other. I knew I had to give it all I could to make sure I won.”

Brown said he went out with one of his fastest starts, but he ran out of steam in the final 50 meters. Chambers caught him with 150 meters left, and Thomas nipped him for second place.

“I didn’t run a good race,” Brown said. “It was an off day.”

Chambers was a triple winner in the sprints, also taking the 100 (11.06) and 200 (22.32). Brown also ran the 200, but as he approached the turn for the straightaway, he held up with a cramp in his right hamstring.

Capital’s Andy Miller (discus, shot put) and Timberline’s Asan Neil-Evergin (long jump, triple jump) each had two runner-up finishes. Their finishes counted for 16 points apiece for Capital (13th, 33 points) and Timberline (19th, 28.50) in the team standings.

Sarah McGee and Hope Mortensen accounted for 21 of Black Hills’ 26.75 points, led by McGee’s first-place mark in the girls pole vault (10-6). Mortensen was fourth in the 100 hurdles.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473
mwochnick@theolympian.com
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