It may have appeared to some that the Chewelah track team came away from Cheney having committed highway robbery.
The Cougars earned six medals in all six events they competed in. Maggie Cobb earned three medals in the three events she competed in after winning three district titles last week. Kyrstan Miller placed second in the girls shot put event and is one of two girls that threw over 40 feet in the event at the state meet. Conner Krouse surprised many at the state meet, breaking out with a huge PR for a fourth place finish in the discus and a sixth place finish in the shotput.
Kyrstan Miller took second place in the shot put (40-1.75) which was a comfortable margin over Nooksack Valley’s Gracee Himango (37-9.50) third place. Montesano’s Jordan Spradlin stole the show in the shot put ring by setting a new state record with a heave of 48-4, which won the girls shot put event and would have won the boys 1B shot put event as well.
“We are really proud of Kyrstan’s performance at State,” Chewelah coach Shirley Baker said. “This is her third time to compete, and in her freshman and sophomore years, her nerves got away from her and she was disappointed in her placings. But this year, tossing over 40 feet and placing second was a great accomplishment. We are really proud of her.”
Maggie Cobb took third in the triple jump (35-10), sixth in the long jump (16-10.75) and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (16.84). Cobb was looking strong in the hurdle finals before hitting a hurdle but as a junior will have plenty of time to attack that event next year.
“Maggie placed consistent with her state rankings in her events,” Baker said. “Had she not stumbled in the hurdles, she could have placed higher but she competed well and worked hard to do her best. That is all we ever ask our athletes to do and Maggie met that challenge.”
Conner Krouse came into the state meet in the discus after placing second in districts. Krouse was in the bottom flight at the discus pit but PR-ed by over 24 feet to place fourth at state (155-5). Krouse also took sixth in the state meet in the shot put (49-05), an event he won the District 7 title in.
“Conner’s personal record was a great achievement for him,” Baker said. “He actually PR-ed on four of his six attempts. Which is even more incredible. He was very calm during the discus. Actually he was just happy to be there and going in ranked 14th put zero pressure on him, so he performed really well because he was relaxed but still focused and just enjoyed the competition.”
In all, Cobb and Miller scored enough points to place 13th as a team in the state tournament, beating out 26 other schools in the scoring. Krouse, by himself, scored enough points to beat out 14 other teams at the state meet.
All juniors, Cobb, Miller and Krouse will return next season along with a lot of other Chewelah track athletes that just missed the cut for the state meet this year. The upcoming middle school athletes will bolster Chewelah’s ranks as well. The Cougars will be adding Lilly Kirry in the sprints, hurdles and jumps as an incoming freshmen. Haven Rainier is incoming as freshman and will continue her sister Jayden’s legacy in the throws.
“There are other girls, too, who will step into key roles on the next year’s team,” Baker said. “On the boy’s side, we have a solid group returning who will be competitive in league and will have the chance to qualify for state when our allocations change. So we are already looking forward to our 2017 season!”
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff