UPDATE (5 p.m.) After enduring pelting rain and gusty winds, the weather has taken a nice turn.
Earlier in the day at Star Track XXIX, Skyline High senior Kasen Williams set the state record in the event with a leap of 50 feet, 9.25 inches. That’s not just a meet record, that’s the longest triple jump at any high school meet in Washington history.
“As soon as I landed I was jumping up,” Williams said. “I had a feeling it was going to be over 50.”
Williams broke the mark of 50 feet, 8.75 inches, set in 2005 by Rashad Toussaint of Spokane West Valley. Not only did Williams set a record, he bumped his father, Aaron, to fifth-place on the state’s all-time leaders list. The Wilson High graduate leaped 50 feet, 0.75 inches in 1977.
The triple jump title is the third individual track and field state championship for Williams — he won the high jump title as a sophomore and the triple jump as a junior. Williams could become a rare triple-winner at Star Track XXIX. He’s got the best mark in the state in the high jump and less than an inch separates him from long jump leader B.J. Arceneaux.
UPDATE: Williams won the high jump with a mark of 6-10.
Spokesman-Review reporter Dave Trimmer posted on the Spokane newspaper’s website an entry about the Mount Spokane boys’ and Mead girls’ 4×400 relay teams being disqualified in the prelims on Thursday. The teams “were eliminated because a runner took more two strides stepping on the inside line of the lane.”
Trimmer’s point that officials should use some common sense when enforcing rules is right on — the same call was made last year against Federal Way’s state-leading boys 4×100 relay team at the district meet and I thought it was bad then. But Western Washington doesn’t corner the market on boneheaded officials. Remember this doozy from Pasco a few years ago?
Enough about that, here’s what’s happening on Friday:
Federal Way sprinter Marjerae Gates won her 100-meter heat, but injured her hamstring while running the anchor leg of the Eagles’ 4×100 relay. Gates owns the fastest 100 time in the state.
Brandi Williams of Auburn Riverside led a strong showing from South Sound athletes in the girls long jump. Williams won the event with a leap of 17-9, edging Kentridge’s Katie Lake and Curtis’ Kennadi Bouyer by 1.25 inches.
Jefferson’s Kayla Adams won the 4A girls shot put with a state-leading throw of 45 feet, 10.75 inches.
Bellarmine Prep’s Michael Rector turned in the fastest 100-meter time of the day, winning his 4A boys heat in 10.86 seconds. Kennedy Catholic’s Darian Brooks, who will run at Stanford, led the 3A boys in 10.95.
Prairie’s Jon Lawson won the 3A discus with a throw of 189 feet, 11 inches.
Renton’s P.J. Benedictus set a 2A state meet record in the triple jump, going 47-3.75.
W.F. West’s Austin Hamilton won the 2A javelin with a throw of 185-5.
Ferris’ Damon Unland and Drew Sharkey finished 1-2 in the boys discus. Unland won with a throw of 162-6.
Here’s our coverage from the first day of Star Track XXIX.