A great day for track and field competition unfolded last Saturday at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
In the WIAA Class 1A championships, Columbia High senior Calvin Garrett and junior Whitney Reynier scored CHS's only medals and points of the meet with top-eight finishes in the boys high jump and girls long jump respectively.
Garrett competed in his third state meet and recorded his highest finish--second place--with a personal record-tying mark of 6 feet, 2 inches. He got the nod over Colfax senior Jared Berarducci based on fewer attempts at 6-2.
Reynier, in her first state meet, took sixth place in the long jump with an effort of 15 feet, 8.75 inches.
In the 1A boys triple jump on Saturday, CHS's James (Tate) Peterson made his state debut. The junior tied for third in his flight of jumpers with a mark of 39-2 but failed to make the cut for the finals.
Such was the case for Columbia senior Jarin Ladiges in Friday's boys 100-meter dash preliminaries. The first-time state competitor ran in the first heat and clocked a time of 12.17 seconds.
Columbia High's three relay teams (two boys, one girls) also were eliminated from medal contention on Friday.
The boys 4x100 relay of freshman Evan Nystrom, juniors Luis Roque and Enrique Granados, and Ladiges made three clean exchanges but ran sixth in its qualifying heat, in a time of 45.95.
Later on Friday, the same four guys came up one place--and .64 seconds--short of qualifying for the 4x400 final. The CHS quartet completed four laps around Mt. Tahoma Stadium's track in 3:36.83--a time that was the heat's fifth fastest and ninth fastest overall.
Columbia's girls 4x400 of junior Michelle McMillen, freshman Josie Hurn, sophomore Sandra Guzman and Reynier connected on all its hand-offs on the way to posting a time of 4:29.49, which was 12th fastest among the 16 entries.