Two fast T-Birds sweep state titles

Feldmeier and Brown set meet and school records in winning 200, 400; River Ridge relay team wins, too

mwochnick@theolympian.comMay 26, 2013 

TACOMA — Brooke Feldmeier and Andrew Brown have been teammates at Tumwater High School, training partners and friends for years, so it was only fitting the two embraced each other – not once, but twice — after each other’s victories Saturday, the final day of Star Track XXXI at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

Tumwater is now home of the 2013 Class 2A state champions in the boys and girls 200- and 400-meter dashes with Feldmeier and Brown sweeping the races. And in record fashion, too.

Feldmeier, a junior, achieved what she set out to do this weekend, winning state titles in the 100 hurdles Friday (14.88) and the 200 (24.80) and 400 (meet-record time of 54.37) on Saturday.

Brown became a three-time state champion in the 400 (meet-record, 47.10) and also won the 200 (meet-record, 21.49). All five races Saturday between the two were also personal bests and school-record times.

“We were both so excited, having meet records in the 400 and (winning) the 200 was icing

on the cake,” Feldmeier said. “It was just awesome.”

Feldmeier lowered her 400 and 200 times each of the past three weekends. Her 54.37 time was more than 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Janessa Day of Cheney (56.98), and she separated herself from the pack in the final 150 meters. She broke the previous meet record of 56.09, set by Blaine’s Cherish Morrison last year, a race that Feldmeier witnessed.

“(This weekend) couldn’t have gone any better,” she said. “This was exactly what I wanted.”

Brown, who will run at the University of Washington next school year, wasn’t looking to lower his time in his specialty event — the 400 — but wanted that elusive third state title.

Friday’s preliminary time of 48.03 took a lot about of Brown, he said. Ephrata’s Jonathan Green gave Brown a good push in both races, but finished runner-up to Brown twice.

“I just wanted a three-peat and I did and I PR’d at the same time,” Brown said. “I was super happy. It was such a relief to get all the pressures off my shoulders.”

Brown accounted for 20 points toward Tumwater’s 53 team points, helping the Thunderbirds to a runner-up finish behind state champion Sehome (66).

Three 400 runners set meet records. Joining Brown and Feldmeier was Kamiakin’s Ellie Heiden, who ran a 54.15 in the 3A girls race, to lead Kamiakin to the 3A team title with 118.5 points. Heiden also won the 100 and 200, joining Feldmeier as the only participants to win three state titles in the three-day meet.

River Ridge got a state championship from its boys 4x100 relay team with the quartet of Joseph Wollor, Ika Morton, Chris Leiba and Dejuan Frye clocking in at 42.37. Frye also placed sixth in the 2A boys 100 (11.12).

Olympia’s Sofia Kane earned her best state finish — second — in the 4A girls 3,200, setting a personal-best time of 10:48.03. Chandler Olson of Woodinville won the race in 10:32.03, but Kane emerged from the pack in the first lap to secure second place. The next-best time behind Kane was Richland’s Lindsey Bradley. (10:55.25).

“There’s some things I need to work on, but I felt it was a good way to end the season,” Kane said. “I wasn’t expecting to go out that fast, but I was really glad to have someone push me.”

Capital’s Andy Miller followed up his state title in the shot put Friday with a second-place finish in the discus (160-8). Lauren Pierson (11:27.67) and Christine Magg (11:34.34) were fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 2A girls 3,200. Miller also opened up Saturday’s ceremonies by singing the national anthem.

Morton, of River Ridge’s state-champion relay team, finished fifth in the 2A boys long jump (20-9.75). Timberline’s Javon Watson was fifth in the 3A boys triple jump (43-6).

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 @megwochnick

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