After a remarkable effort at last year’s WIAA State Track & Field Championships where she won the 3A girls triple jump, finished second in the pole vault and sixth in the long jump, Mountlake Terrace High School’s Chinne Okoronkwo has her sights set even higher at this year’s championship meet. Okoronkwo wants all three titles this time, and after Friday’s results the sophomore is one-third of the way there.
Okoronkwo won the 2014 3A girls long jump Friday with a leap of 18-2.50 at the state meet being held at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma. The three-day meet concludes on Saturday when Okoronkwo will try to add titles in the 3A girls triple jump and pole vault.
Okoronkwo was joined on the long jump podium stand by Terrace teammate Barbara Biney, who placed third in the event with a jump of 16-10.25.
Biney also had a good day in the 100 meters on Friday; the senior ran a 12.02 in a 100 meter preliminary heat, good enough for the fifth-fastest time among the 3A girls and a spot in the event finals on Saturday.
A number of other Hawks were in action at the state meet on Friday. Hailee Malins finished 9th in the 3A girls discus with a toss of 112-11; Brett Potter matched that 9th place finish in the 3A boys discus with a throw of 143-09.
Michael Liddell took home 12th place in the 3A boys long jump with a leap of 20-2.25. Jessica Ong ran a 2:20.16 in an 800 meter preliminary race, but missed out on qualifying for the event finals by less than one second.
Terrace’s McKenna Hunt took second place in the 100 hurdles finals. Hunt had been hoping to earn a podium spot in the 300 meter hurdles, but was disqualified in a preliminary race for a trail leg violation.
The MTHS girls track team is on the scoreboard with 24 points after two days of competition – the team accumulated 26 points total in last year’s meet and finished in seventh place.
The WIAA 2A, 3A, 4A State Track & Field Championships resume Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
— By Doug Petrowski