Quincy athlete qualifies for state meet in three events
Tyson Thornton will represent Quincy at the 2A-3A-4A State Championship Meet this weekend in three separate events.
Thornton, a senior, qualified in the javelin by finishing second at regionals last Friday, May 18 at Ephrata High School. Thornton’s throw measured 162 feet, nine inches. He also qualified in the high jump by finishing fourth with a leap of six feet, a personal best for him.
Lastly, Thornton qualified for the big dance at Mount Tahoma High School in the triple jump, finishing first, with a leap of 42 feet, 10.75 inches.
All three events happen in three different days, with Thornton scheduled to compete in the javelin May 24 at 5:30 p.m., in the high jump May 25 at 1:55 p.m. around the same time his teammates on the girls track team will be receiving their state academic championship award.
Lastly, Thornton will compete in the triple jump May 25 at 10:40 a.m., according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s website, wiaa.com.
“It was kind of a crazy situation,” Quincy coach David Stoddard said of Thornton finishing first in the triple jump. “He was sitting in seventh place before his last jump, and his last jump put him in first place.”
Thornton was not available for comment.
At Regionals, the top four finishers qualified to state.
Stoddard said it was not an everyday ocurrence for an athlete to qualify to state in three diferent events.
“It does show his athleticism to make it there in three events, two jumping and one throwing,” Stoddard said. “It’s a positive for him and it shows his work ethic to get there in multiple events.”
The state meet will be the culmination of a strong season for Thornton, which saw him put up good numbers in the javelin all season long, Stoddard said.
“He’s been sitting in the top 10 for 2A in the javelin in state all season,” Stoddard said. In the high jump, “I don’t think he’s hit his full stride yet; he’s got more in him.”
On paper, Thornton has a good shot at placing in the triple jump and the javelin, Stoddard said.
Sixteen athletes will compete in each event, with nine advancing to the final round and eight of those nine going home with a medal.
Asked what would make a good meet for him, Stoddard said “seeing Tyson on the podium in all three events.
“That would really honor him for four years of putting in the effort,” Stoddard said. “If he gets three medals coming home with him, that would be a really good thing for him. He’s got a shot for sure in a couple of events.”
Thornton will be the only Quincy Jack competing at state in track and field this year.
“Our region, this side of the mountain, we have probably the toughest region to get to state through,” Stoddard said.
Not only are there a lot of schools going after the top four spots in each event at regionals, but the regional competition pits schools the size of Quincy with larger schools like East Valley-Spokane and West Valley-Spokane.
“Not stating that we couldn’t get more there, but it’s a tougher venue to get through,” Stoddard said.
Nevertheless, Stoddard remained optimistic about the future of the program.
“No excuses, just gotta keep working harder,” he said.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com