Jackrabbits win three medals
Sam Kleyn and Alberto Tafoya both brought home medals from the state 2A track meet at Mount Tahoma High School over the weekend.
Kleyn nabbed two medals. The junior finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the long jump. Tafoya placed eighth in the discus.
The weekend kicked off early with a Thursday night preliminary race in the girls 100 hurdles. Kleyn was seeded sixth in the second flight and needed a top-3 finish to earn a direct spot in the finals. She used a fast start to place second in a time of 15.84 seconds. The second heat had five qualify for the finals.
“I had a good start yesterday. That’s what got me here today,” said Kleyn.
She said she was surprised she qualified in second place with such fast girls in her heat. Kleyn used that to nab a sixth-place finish on Friday. She timed in at 15.94 seconds, while the winner was KD Skillingstad of Cheney in 15.02.
Kleyn entered the long jump seeded 10th and needed a solid jump to make the finals. She opened with her best jump of the championships at 16-feet, 4.75 inches. It was a season’s PR and put her into the finals.
“I didn’t think I was going to be in the finals,” Kleyn said.
She was unable to improve on her first jump and wound up with an eighth-place finsh. The winner was Wurrie Njadoe of Shorecrest at 18-9.
On Saturday, Tafoya opened with his best throw of the day at 137-foot, 3-inches in the discus. He was seeded third in the first flight after his second and third throws were not improvements. He made the finals and was seeded seventh. Unfortunately in the finals his nerves took over and he scratched twice and had a throw under 100-feet. He settled for eighth place. The winner was Jakob Chamberlain of Bellingham at 172-5.
“I try to be relaxed in the first flight,” said Tafoya. “I try to get pumped to get pumped in the finals.”
In finals warm up he had a throw close to 150-feet.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I felt good. I felt good after that 150 in warmups.”