When Eatonville’s Justin Kaelin feels good in his “other” throwing event — the discus — it usually carries over to the rest of the track and field meet.
Kaelin, the state’s leading shot putter, set a personal-best in the discus Friday at the Class 1A/2B/1B state meet in Cheney, throwing 154 feet, 9 inches to finish third in 1A behind Chelan’s Jose Padilla (155-2) and champion Micah Humann of Lakeside (NMF) (162-0).
On Saturday, Kaelin will be going for his first 1A state title in a shotput showdown against Padilla.
“He threw really well today in the discus,” Eatonville coach Geoff Olson said. “I think he will be fine for the shotput. He is one of those kids who does not buckle under pressure. Once he steps into the ring, it is business.”
In Class 2B competition, Tacoma Baptist’s Austin Lutterloh recorded personal-best times in the 110-meter hurdles (15.32) and 300 hurdles (39.08) qualifying heats.
Also in search of his first state title, Lutterloh is the No. 1 seed in the 300 hurdles.
“He is looking really, really good,” Crusaders coach Jim Robinson said.
On the girls side, Tacoma Baptist’s 4x100 relay (51.15) and 4x200 relay (1:46.98) squads were top qualifiers Friday. And the Crusaders’ top competition in the 4x200 relay — Colfax — was disqualified in its heat.
Different Washington High School duo, same result: It’s been seen before lately — a Rasmus and Yu going deep in the Class 2A state boys doubles’ bracket.
Josh Rasmus and Daniel Yu won back-to-back state doubles titles in 2011 and 2012. Now Rasmus is trying to win it with a different Yu brother — Jonathan.
The new Rasmus-Yu tandem is in the 2A semifinals after a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Capital’s Travis Miller and Doug Doenges at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Other locals to reach the state semifinals include Capital’s Ty Gentry (2A boys singles), who has not dropped a game in two matches; Charles Wright’s Griffin Welsh (1A boys singles); Annie Wright’s Samantha Weeks (1A girls singles); Gig Harbor’s Nick Jarvis and Drew Lawson (4A boys doubles); Charles Wright’s Teddy and Phillip Grenley (defending 1A boys doubles); and Olympia’s Rachel Kelson and Catty Zhang (4A girls doubles).