Tumwater star defends all 3 of her crowns at Star Track

Tumwater star defends all 3 of her crowns at Star Track, helping T-Birds finish second

Staff writerJune 1, 2014 

Tumwater star Brooke Feldmeier came into Star Track XXXII knowing that replicating her 2013 three-win performance would be tough.

Turns out, it wasn’t that hard.

Feldmeier won both the 2A girls 200 and 400 meters on Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium, finishing her 2014 season with three state championships — she won the 100-meter hurdles Friday — to go with the same three she won in 2013.

“There was some pressure to repeat coming in,” she said. “But I knew I had the times, and that I just needed to run my races.”

Behind the three-peat of Feldmeier, and sophomore Peyton Russell’s win in the girls’ long jump Saturday (18 feet, 33/4 inches), the Thunderbirds placed second with 62 points behind Sehome (701/2). It was Tumwater’s best team finish in girls track

in school history.

Up first for Feldmeier was the 400 meters, which she won handily, opening up a 10-meter lead after the first turn and never looking back. She cruised to a winning time of 55.84 seconds.

Although not quite a personal record — Feldmeier has run a 54.7 — the senior said she was happy with the result, especially after the difficulty she has faced this season. Feldmeier has spent most of the spring dealing with a hamstring she injured on the second day of practice.

“It’s been a really tough year. Being hurt’s never fun, and this was my first injury ever,” she said. “Today I just wanted to come out and get the win, so I’m happy with 55 (seconds).”

Bound for Mississippi next year, the senior had already easily defended her 100 hurdles Friday, winning in a time of 14.45, despite banging her knee on a hurdle.

But 200 meters wasn’t so easy.

Feldmeier had to contend with W.F. West’s Nike McClure, a Washington State basketball signee, and Sarah Dolese of Sehome, who is bound for Montana State. At 6-foot-3, McClure towers over Feldmeier, and she won the 2A shot put Friday with a throw of 43 feet, 101/4 inches.

Feldmeier beat them both in 24.96, edging Dolese by .02 of a second. McClure took third with a time of 25.17.

“It’s just such a relief to have finished like that,” Feldmeier said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way for my season to end.”

On the boys side, River Ridge’s 4x100 relay team also defended a title, repeating as 2A state champs with a state-meet record time of 41.49 seconds. It broke the previous mark of 42.20 seconds, set by Pullman in 1999.

“It was pretty surreal, breaking two records (the state-meet record and the River Ridge school record),” Riber Ridge’s Ika Morton said.

Morton, Michael Key, Chris Leiba and DeJuan Frye, all juniors, were the favorites coming into the race with a top time of 42.50.

“They came in wanting to knock that down, looking to win, not to set a record,” River Ridge coach Steve Schultz said. “Fast, focused athletes make sprint coaches look very good. There isn’t much coaching – really, I just stay out of their way.”

Now, with a whole senior season remaining for the foursome, Frye said the team is turning its attention to a bigger goal.

“Now we know what we can do, our confidence is high,” Frye said. “I think next year, we’re going to aim for the state record.”

That all-time mark is 41.34, set by Garfield in 1986.

“We’re coming for it,” said Frye, who also won the 400 in 47.72.

Among the other top finishers, Timberline’s Javon Watson placed third in the 2A boys triple jump at 43-21/4. Capital’s Lauren Pierson was third in the 2A girls 3,200 in 11:17.02, and teammate Payton McGuin finished fifth in the 800 in 2:19.05.

Olympia’s Sofia Kane, a co-favorite in the 4A girls 3,200, was tripped from behind during the second lap of the final and finished 11th (11:20.90).

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