Track sends pair to state
Samantha Kleyn entered the District 5-6-7 Track Championships eyeing two state berths. She figured she would slide into the top-3 in both hurdle events. After all, they were her best two events all season. But when all was said and done, she did qualify in two events – the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.
Alberto Tafoya was hoping to qualify in both the shot put and discus, but he walked away from West Valley High School in Spokane with just one state berth – in the discus.
Both Quincy track stars had their ups and downs last Friday, but both Kleyn and Tafoya will represent the green and gold this weekend in Tacoma. They are heading to the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 2A State Track & Field Championships at Mt. Tahoma High School.
110-H & Long Jump
Kleyn, a junior, opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.91 seconds. It was the third fastest time of her career. She entered the event knowing she was gunning for third place, as the top two runners came in with times a full second faster.
“They both run in the 14s, so I just had to beat the Ellensburg girl,” Kleyn said.
She ran the race in 15.91 seconds and beat Ellensburg’s Jordyn Arlt by .25 seconds.
After taking fourth in the 300s in a time of 46.99, she bounced back with a third-place finish in the long jump. She followed the advice of coach David Stoddard and jumped 16-feet, 3-inches.
“I just focused on pop ups and looking up.” Kleyn said. “Stoddard said look at the mountains and pick out your favorite house. I found a big white house.”
Her mark pushed her past two jumpers (Madison Youngers of Ephrata and East Valley’s JojeAnn Rabanal) who beat her in the CWAC Championships the week before.
“Overall I was sixth entering the long jump,” Kleyn said. “The East Valley girl and (Ephrata girl) jumped in the 15s. Everyone else had a bad day and I had my season’s best.”
Tafoya placed sixth in the shot put, but came back with a solid outing in the discus to place third and grab the final spot to state.
“I was kind of mad after that, so I just wanted to throw far and hope to get in the top-3,” said Tafoya.
The junior has one event to focus on this week, so he is looking to throw the discus more than 160 feet for the first time in his career.
“I’m looking for a distance of 150 or 160, somewhere in there,” said Tafoya.
*Tafoya throws the discus at Saturday at 10:05 a.m.
Boys team scores: West Valley 103, Selah 93, Ephrata 75, East Valley (Sp) 60.5, Ellensburg 54.5, Wapato 45, Clarkston 44.5, Prosser 40, East Valley (Yak) 40, Quincy 34, Grandview 30, Cheney 16, Pullman 12, Othello 6.5, Toppenish 6.
400-6, Luis Camacho 51.40; 7, Carlos Sanchez 52.29. 1600-4, Spencer Elmore 4:31.68. 3200-4, Victor Salgado 10:19.64. 110H-7, Travis Harris 16.58. 300H-5, Harris 42.33. 4×400-5, Quincy (Harris, Elmore, Sanchez, Camacho) 3:30.56.
Shot-6, Tafoya 45-6.75. Discus-3, Tafoya 142-2.
Girls team scores: Ellensburg 124, Pullman 106, Ephrata 73, Cheney 70, Prosser 56, Selah 56, East Valley (Sp) 45, West Valley 39, Clarkston 29, East Valley (Yak) 28, Wapato 24, Quincy 21, Grandview 16, Toppenish 8, Othello 2.
100H-3, Kleyn 15.91. 300-4, Kleyn 46.99.
Shot-8, Mashayla Schaapman 30-4.25. Discus-7, Joanna Santana 93-7. LJ-3, Kleyn 16-3. TJ-8, Kaitlin Ramsey 32-1.75.
~Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register