Tumwater's Brooke Feldmeier defends 100 hurdles state title

Staff writerMay 30, 2014 

— Brooke Feldmeier claimed one state title Friday at Star Track XXXII at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

Two to go.

The Tumwater High School senior won the Class 2A girls 100-meter hurdles championship for the second consecutive season, cruising past her season-best time to finish in 14.45 seconds and beat second-place Amanda Jaynes of Steilacoom, who finished in 14.64.

“I just went in there and I told myself, ‘I want this. I won it last year, I can do it again.’ ” Feldmeier said. “I just went in with that mentality and it paid off.”

Feldmeier has two more titles still to defend. She qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 400 and the 200 meters, which are events she won last season.

The Thunderbirds ended the day in first place in the girls team standings. They were leading Squalicum, 27-24, and East Valley of Spokane was third with 21 points.

Feldmeier said she banged her right knee on the same hurdle near the middle of the race as she did in Thursday’s preliminaries and had a bruise to show for it.

But she powered through to beat her season-PR of 15.34 by almost a full second, despite having also run the 400 preliminary shortly before the race.

“I just tried to go out there, get in the zone and not warm up too much because I had just run the 400,” Feldmeier said.

“Then I crossed the finish line and I was just like, ‘Yes! Finally! Again!’ ”

Capital’s Ryan Chase was hurt in his state final, as well. He tweaked his ankle on his first jump in the boys triple jump after coming in with the top 2A mark in the state and fresh off his first state title in the long jump Thursday.

But that’s what mom is for. Melissa Chase, a physical therapist, taped his ankle and Ryan Chase came back to win the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 46 feet, 7¾ inches despite entering his final jump in third place.

“My goal for the whole year was to get over 46 and I hadn’t done it until today,” Chase said. “To pull that out on my last jump ... it just feels amazing.”

The Capital boys ended Friday tied with Sehome in second place, scoring 21 points behind the 23 of Lakewood from Arlington.

RUSSELL TAKES TRIPLE JUMP

It was a bittersweet moment for Tumwater’s Peyton Russell after her state championship in the 2A triple jump.

Coming into the state meet, she was supposed to be sharing her victory alongside her brother Lane – last year’s boys triple jump champion.

After setting the 2A meet mark in the triple jump (39-7¾), the moment was not lost on Peyton Russell.

“(Lane) is not here today but he was in spirit,” Russell said. “It was kind of sad because we both were going to plan on winning both the long (jump) and triple together.”

That plan ended when Lane suffered a hamstring injury.

Peyton Russell set the meet mark on the second of three jumps that she described as floating through the air, landing with an emphatic thud in the sand.

“I was kind of shocked that I jumped way further than I ever did before,” she said. “I was kind of scared when I jumped because I didn’t know if I was coming down or not.”

McClure takes shot put title

The final throw of Nike McClure’s high-school career won the W.F. West senior the 2A girls shot put title. McClure launched a personal-best throw 43-10¼.

“Seeing everyone cheering for me (got me) really pumped up. ... It was awesome,” McClure said. “It’s my senior year and my last throw – I had to try my hardest on my last throw.”

McClure had throws of 38-0 and 39-9¼ after easily surpassing 40 feet in the prelims moments earlier.

“It’s amazing because this is what I’ve been working for all year,” McClure said. “For it to happen, it’s pretty awesome.”

After staking a claim as one of the strongest girls in 2A with her shot put title, McClure has a chance to be one of the fastest as she’s set to race in the 200 meters Saturday.

For all her achievements in track, McClure’s future is in basketball. The Washington State signee helped the Bearcats win its first state title in girls basketball March.

“I would rather celebrate (a title) as a team,” McClure said. “Individually, I’m buzzed about the win. ... There’s just so much more energy (winning) as a team.”

She’ll be part of W.F. West’s 4x200 relay Saturday.

HAWKS SEEDED SECOND

River Ridge’s 4x100 relay team of Michael Key, Ika Morton, Chris Leiba and DeJuan Frye take the No. 2 seed to Saturday’s finals with a preliminary time of 42.63. Olympic’s team earned the top mark at 42.26 (the 2A record of 42.20 was set by Pullman in 1999).

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