TACOMA — Soaring in the air for a fraction of a second and reaching for his toes as he landed in the long jump pit, Capital High School’s Ryan Chase knew the end result even before the mark was called out.
It was the jump he desperately was waiting for.
Prior to the fifth of six total jumps at Thursday’s Class 2A boys long jump competition at the first day of Star Track XXXII at Mount Tahoma Stadium, the junior was in fourth place. The state’s leader in the event said he was “frustrated and nervous” after previous jumps were flat with marks hovering below the 22-foot barrier.
“I didn’t have much spring,” Chase said.
Then came what he said was an effortless jump on No. 5 — a 22-foot, 6-inch mark, the second-best jump in his career. It leapfrogged him past Olympic’s Keshun McGee (22-51/4) to capture the state championship.
“In the air,” he said, “I knew it was a good jump. I told myself, ‘Get your legs out there, no matter what’ and luckily I did. I relaxed after that.
“I wasn’t expecting (winning) to
actually happen, but having it happen is amazing.”
It could be the start of a two-title weekend for Chase, who enters Friday’s 1:15 p.m triple jump competition as the top seed by a foot-and-a-half.
Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier had a slow start out of the blocks, and clipped a hurdle midway through her 100-meter hurdles prelim, but still posted the top time in her heat of 14.86 seconds — the same time as Steilacoom’s Amanda Jaynes in another heat. Feldmeier’s time is 0.02 faster than her state title-winning time of 14.88 last year.
“I’m right where I want to be, so it makes me happy,” she said.
Still dealing with a nagging left-hamstring injury, Feldmeier was limited in practice all week in preparation to defend her three state titles — the 100 hurdles, and 200 and 400 meters — before moving on to the University of Mississippi in the fall.
“It’s been a frustrating season,” she said. “I haven’t been able to do what I’ve wanted to do.”
In other final events Thursday:
Olympia’s Sofia Kane finished seventh in the 4A girls 1,600 in 4:57.29, and Tumwater’s Lauren Ericks was fourth (5:02.21) and Berhanie Knutzen seventh (5:14.54), and Capital’s Lauren Pierson was sixth (5:09.64) in the 2A girls 1,600.
Yelm’s Charene Stovall finished seventh in the 4A girls discus with a toss of 117-1.
On the boys side, Capital’s Ben Monk was eighth in the 2A 1,600 (4:23.22). Olympia’s Peter Kesting, seeded second in the 4A boys 1,600 after his school-record 4:11 at last weekend’s district meet, battled illness and finished 16th (4:28.66).
“That was disappointing,” Kesting said. “Hopefully, I can do something in the 800 (on Friday).”
Yelm’s Cody Burk was sixth in the 4A boys shot put (51-43/4).
Camas junior Alexa Efraimson set a girls national record with her 4:33.29 winning time in the 4A girls 1,600.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org theolympian.com/ southsoundsports @megwochnick