Before Peninsula High senior Michala Zilkey took her final throw in the Class 3A girls discus finals Friday afternoon at the state meet at Mount Tahoma Stadium, she paused.
She stopped outside of the circle, and tossed the discus to herself.
“I was just thinking about the four years that I’ve had,” Zilkey said.
Zilkey’s final throw didn’t break any records or win a state title, but capped off a solid career for Peninsula’s all-time best girls discus thrower. She holds the school record at a personal best 138 feet, 1 inch, which she threw in 2014.
In Friday’s 3A state final, Zilkey finished fourth after registering a mark of 131-02 — it was the highest finish for any Peninsula athlete at the meet.
“It’s kind of what I’ve been throwing all year; I’m not disappointed, honestly,” she said.
Zilkey will head to Utah State in the fall, and anticipates continuing her throwing career for another four years.
“It’s a middle point, so I’m really excited for what the future brings,” she said.
Five other Peninsula athletes made the podium at the 3A meet. Seniors Austin Kilcup and Marque Kriebel took sixth and eighth in the boys javelin, respectively. Kilcup threw a 171-04, and Kriebel threw a 170-03.
Donovan Rommel, a senior, took seventh in the boys 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.42 seconds, and senior Kayla Gleza took eighth in the 100 at a season-best 12.52. Senior Josie Self took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.86).