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Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 2A recap

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on May 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm with No Comments »
May 25, 2012 8:57 pm

While his competitors probably into the preliminary races of the 300 hurdles with the mindset of just surviving, not falling and making the finals, Daniel Zmuda had a slightly different approach. The Steilacoom junior was looking to make a little history on Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium for Star Track XXX.

With a day to recover, Zmuda set his sights on the Class 2A meet record of 37.79 set by John Casselman of Pullman in 2003.

“I was shooting for that record,” he said. “I knew I had a days rest and would be good for tomorrow. I really thought I could get it.”

However with the wind blowing up to 15 miles per hour during the race, it wasn’t meant to be.

“If it wasn’t for that wind,” Zmuda said shaking his head.

It’s not an unrealistic possibility. Zmuda’s ran a personal best 37.87 in the prelims of the West Central District meet a week ago.

“I’m really close,” he said. “I feel like it’s there.”

But today, the win comes first. Zmuda placed last season as a sophomore. He wants the 300 hurdles title.

Still, if the wind is calm and with solid competitors like Washington’s Victor Gamboa, who ran a 36.68 for the third fastest times, to push him, Zmuda could have the win and the record.

“Oh man, if I get no wind, that could be a great race,” he said.

The wind wasn’t a friend to White River’s Marcus Dickson. But the defending champion in the 800 meters came through with a business-like effort in the preliminaries, posting the fastest time with 1:54.24, nearly two seconds faster than the next fastest time of 1:56.22 posted by Dallas Snider of W.F. West.

“I went out a little faster, but the wind was tough,” he said.

While Dickson will be the likely winner in the 800 and 1,600 today, the 2A javelin
featured the most unlikely of winners on Friday.

Mark Schireman of Archbishop Murphy wasn’t the favorite. Heck, his best throw this season was the 11th best coming in.

“I didn’t even know if I’d make the finals,” he said.

But on his final throw of the day, Schireman uncorked the best throw of his life – 179 feet, two inches – to take the title in an upset.

“That beat my PR by 15 feet,” he said smiling.

Schireman knew his last throw was his best.

“I knew it was good, but I didn’t know it was that good,” he said.

He couldn’t here the first judge call out his distance, but when he heard the second judge repeat the distance, he knew he’d done something special.

Not bad for a kid that didn’t even qualify for state last year.

“It’s my first time here,” he said smiling. “This is pretty cool.”

AROUND THE TRACK
Bellingham set a 2A state meet record in the girls 4×100 relay with a time of 48.29 seconds. … Squalicum teammates Kirsten Webber and Tori Franzen placed first and second in the pole vault. Both went 11-9. … Bellingham sophomore Alyssa Porter came within one-hundredth of a second of tying the state meet record in the 100. Porter won her heat in 11.96 seconds. … Tumwater’s Andrew Brown, the boys 400 defending champion, is the top qualifier with a time of 49.33 second. …

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