Reporter Todd Milles has filed this report from Star Track in Pasco:
The South Sound invasion has already started at Star Track.
Under overcast skies, with virtually no wind at Edgar Brown Stadium, the first sessions wrapped up with no big upsets, and many local athletes winning their first state track and field titles.
Fighting a bout with the flu, Curtis High’s Andrea Geubelle was still able to take the Class 4A girls long jump title with a jump of 19 feet, 13/4 inches – a mark she produced early in preliminaries.
“I had to get one out there,” Geubelle said. “I’m kind of weak.”
Geubelle’s victory unseated defending champion Bree LeRoy’s quest for a repeat feat. LeRoy was second at 18-63/4.
It the Vikings’ first long jump championship since 2003 when Sarah Burns, now at Washington State, captured the title.
Geubelle is a heavy favorite in the 4A triple jump Saturday, and a victory would give her the first sweep of the long and triple jumps since Skyline’s Christina Tupper in 2005.
The Bellarmine Prep girls, the 4A team favorite with a legitimate chance to set a meet record for points, got a huge boost from Brianna Okoro in the long jump. She went 18-51/2 to place third.
Not bad for a girl who was returning from tendinitis, and just started jumping a month ago.
“I’m really happy I pulled through,” Okoro said.
The Lions pulled the No. 1 time in the girls 400 relay at 47.70. They’ll gun for the all-time best mark of 47.05, set by Garfield in 1983.
· Bethel’s Oliver Henry said he’ll give the discus a second thought at Central Washington when he attends that university next fall as a quarterback recruit.
Henry’s 169-3 was good enough to clip Beamer’s Marty Fuller (165-1) for the 4A boys title.
· Coaches gave Jefferson’s Sofia Malamura sound advice during 4A girls shot put warmups Friday.
“Throw a big one out there,” they told her.
And she did, ripping off a throw of 41-21/4 on her first attempt of preliminaries, and cruised to her first state title over Battle Ground’s Gaby Dixson (39-33/4).
· The West Central District kept the 4A boys long jump in the family for a fourth consecutive season. This time, it was Kentlake’s Zach Smith, who won in 23-3.
· Enumclaw crowned a pair of throw champions – one for the first time, and the other in defense of a title.
Senior Mileka Grager won the 3A girls javelin at 138-5, edging Eastmont’s Brooke Randall (133-1).
As for defending 3A discus champion Conner Larned, meet officials prepared for his warmups by extending a fence to keep spectators at bay. Larned did not bust a long throw, but his 177-6 easily helped him repeat as champion.