If Orting High’s Savannah Burr was on cloud nine after the first day of the Class 1A/2B/1B state track and field championships, her coach was seated right next to her.
Burr, the heavy favorite in today’s 1A girls triple jump, took home a bonus title by winning the long jump Friday in Cheney.
Her mark of 17 feet, 7 inches in the finals not only was a personal best, she tied the best 1A mark in the state, shared by Wahluke’s Katelyn Peterson.
“She just popped a really good jump,” Cardinals coach Lisa Sorrell said. “We tell our athletes, ‘Go do what you have been doing all year.’ And not having the pressure on her made it easy, and in turn should make her more confident for the triple jump.”
Burr is the defending 1A triple jump. Her 37-8 leads the classification by more than 18 inches. With 23 points, the Orting girls also have the overnight lead in the team race.
Meanwhile, for Northwest Christian’s Lucas Graham, the time wasn’t as fast, but the goal was met anyway Friday night.
Graham defended his 2B boys 1,600-meter title by winning in 4 minutes, 34.83 seconds, holding off Waitsburg’s Seth Deal (4:37.94). Last year, he won it in 4:25.87.
Northwest Christian’s Elizabeth Weber was the runner-up in the girls 3,200 to defending state champion Morgan Willson, of Colfax. Willson won in 11:05.26 – nearly 40 seconds ahead of Weber.
Tacoma Baptist’s Rebecca McDonald had a big day in the girls sprints. She posted the second-fastest qualifying times in the 100 (12.51) and 200 (26.00), and anchored the Crusaders’ 4x100 relay team with the top time of 51.18.
Mansfield’s Macen McLean, the defending champion, set a new 1B boys meet mark in the triple jump. He won it at 43-10, erasing the previous record of 42-10, set by Wishkah Valley’s Derek Jurasin in 2007.