Mixed results for MTHS state track athletes; girls tennis to play for 4th/7th place Saturday

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High school track and field athletes completed the second day of state championship competition on Friday, with three Mountlake Terrace High School students having mixed results.

The WIAA 2A, 3A and 4A State Track and Field Championships are taking place through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Junior Beau Kennedy finished in the middle of the boys 3A javelin field, placing eighth with a toss of 168’ 1”. As the only Hawk to qualify for the boys tournament, Kennedy earned the one and only team point for the MTHS boys track team.

Freshman McKeena Hunt placed fourth in the preliminary rounds of the girls 3A 300 meter hurdles with a time of 45.66, her best of the year. Hunt is qualified for the 300 meter hurdles finals, scheduled to be run at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Senior Nina Penner struggled in the 800 meters, getting knocked out in the preliminary round with a time of 2:28.34.

On the other side of the state, the MTHS doubles team of senior Gillian Braden-Armstrong and freshman Nicole Bouche will play for fourth and seventh place Saturday morning after they won two matches and lost won in the 3A state girls tennis championships in Kennewick Friday. In the first match, Braden-Armstrong/Bouche defeated Nichola Usher/Alicia Jow of Auburn Mountainview 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), then lost 4-6, 5-7 to Carley Schmidt/Carly Riehl of West Valley. In their third match, the MTHS duo beat the Columbia River team of Piboonvarangoon/Lukens, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. The win sets up a rematch with Wesco 3A doubles foes Francesa O’Malley/Daniella Brenglemann of Shorewood for fourth and seventh place.
Columbia RiverThe state tennis tournament continues tomorrow at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.

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