State 3A track: Okoronkwo takes 1st in triple jump; MTHS girls finish 3rd overall

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The Mountlake Terrace girls track and field team celebrates finishing third at the 3A State Championships Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.
The Mountlake Terrace girls track and field team celebrates finishing third at the 3A State Championships Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma. (Photos by David Pan)
Okoronkwo (center) celebrates her first place finish and new state record in the triple jump with Kamiakin's Andrea Stapleton and North Central's Megan Murphy.
Okoronkwo (center) celebrates her first place finish and new state record in the triple jump with Kamiakin’s Andrea Stapleton and North Central’s Megan Murphy.

In her quest to become a three-event champion at the 3A state track & field meet, Mountlake Terrace High School sophomore Chinne Okoronkwo came up three inches short.

Mountlake Terrace's Chinne Okoronkwo won the triple jump with a state record meet jump of 40 feet, 11.25 inches at the 3A State Track and Field Championships Saturday.
Mountlake Terrace’s Chinne Okoronkwo (above) won the triple jump with a state record meet jump of 40 feet, 11.25 inches at the 3A State Track and Field ChampionshipsSaturday. At right, Barbara Biney placed fifth in the 100-meter dash. Biney also took sixth in the 200 dash and became the first Hawk athlete to score points in four events. She was third in the long jump on Friday and eighth in the triple jump on Saturday.

Okoronkwo won the girls long jump on Friday at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) state championships, then easily out-distanced the field to win the triple jump on Saturday. Her triple jump mark of 40 feet 11.25 inches was a new state meet record.

In the 3A girls pole vault, also held on Saturday, Okoronkwo cleared the bar at 12 feet, but had to settle for second place as Marissa Berry of Southridge High School was to only competitor to successful cleared 12-3.

With two first-place and one second-place finishes, Okoronkwo improved on her freshman debut at the state championships last year when she garnered a first place, a second place and a sixth place. This year she was responsible for 28 of the 51 total team points scored by the Terrace girls team at the state meet. MTHS girls finished third overall at state.

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Other MTHS results on the final day of the WIAA 2A, 3A, 4A State Track & Field Championships were Barbara Biney with a 5th place in the 100 meters, a 6th place in the 200 meters, and an 8th place in the triple jump. Hawk Katherine Gustafson grabbed 8th and Sophia Nelson 13th in the 3200 meters, and Hailee Malins earned 9th in the shot put.

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