Score one for the hungry challengers Saturday at the Class 2A West Central District track and field championships.
The rarest of events occurred – Steilacoom High School’s Daniel Zmuda was shut out in the finals of both hurdles races at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
In the 110-meter hurdles, White River’s Devin Liebel blasted out of the blocks and easily won in a state-leading time of 13.98 seconds – easily a personal-best mark.
And about 90 minutes later, North Mason’s Craig Allen went out aggressively in the first turn, came around the bend in the lead and never looked back in winning the 300 hurdles in 37.39 – also the No. 1 time in the state this season.
Zmuda had to be wondering where the heck that all came from. Granted, he has been hobbled by a heel injury that appeared to limit some of his explosion. But it’s not like he was that slow.
Since Liebel had never beaten Zmuda in three years of head-to-head South Puget Sound League 2A competition, the short-hurdles finals certainly produced a shocking result.
Liebel really timed his start while Zmuda left a tad late from the blocks.
Like Zmuda, Allen is headed to WSU on a track scholarship. And like Zmuda, Allen has great range on the track.
In the 300 hurdles’ finals, Allen took a lead in the first 50-60 meters, and never let up.
Liebel, Allen and Zmuda all reset the WCD meet record in both hurdles events.