Awesome and amazing. Those were the two words Coach Pat Kostecka used to describe Zach Schneider’s performance last Friday at Cashmere in the 300-meter hurdles.
“Zach ran a 39.59,” Kostecka grinned. “That’s an electronic time, and that’s just flat fast.”
Schneider’s 39.59-second time in the low hurdles gave him a first place finish at the Bi-district Track and Field Meet. It also gave him a lane in the preliminary heat of the 300-meter hurdles at the Washington State Track and Field Championships this weekend.
Schneider also qualified to run the 110-meter high hurdles at the state meet this weekend in Cheney. He placed second in the high hurdles last week with a time of 15.51 seconds.
“Zach got off to a bad start in the high hurdles,” explained Kostecka. “Still, he almost caught the winner at the finish line. He closed the gap to almost nothing, but he wasn’t able to go ahead for the win. When Zach gets a good start, he’s unbeatable. This wasn’t one of those times.”
The finals of the hurdles will be on Saturday at EWU at 10:40 and 1:40.
Accompanying Schneider to the state meet will be Makayla Earl, who will compete in all three throwing events.
Earl won the discus with a throw of 110 feet, four inches. She also placed third in both the shot put and the javelin. Her best shot put throw was measured at 33 feet, 10 inches. She threw the javelin 113 feet, one inch.
“Makayla was in charge of the discus from the beginning to the very end,” said Kostecka. “She won it by over six feet.
“Makayla hurt her foot in the discus ring. She said she heard her foot snap during one of her throws. So, her final two throws were just standing throws, not glide throws, and she survived.”
The shot put will be held on Friday at 3:00. The javelin will be on Saturday at 10:00. The discus will also be on Saturday, beginning at 3:00.
Just missing a ticket to the state meet was Adam Collins, who tied for third place in the high jump. However, because he had made more attempts at the height of six feet, the other jumper was awarded third place. Collins also competed at Cashmere in the triple jump and the long jump.
Other Cougars doing well at the bi-district meet were McKenzie Miller, and Kaitlin Krouse. Miller finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and ninth in the 110-meter hurdles. Krouse qualified for the finals in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, six inches, but did not finish among the top three.
By Geno Ludwig The Independent Staff
In this photo: MaKayla Earl (1st) on the awards stand at the Bi-District meet in Cashmere for the discus. Mara Schneider photo Mara Schneider photo.