Two races, two second-place finishes for Brenna Peloquin.
The Gig Harbor High senior was the runner-up in both the Class 4A girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter races at the state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School last weekend.
“The place, it matters, but if you race as hard as you can to that line, I feel like a winner,” Peloquin said.
And she did — in both races.
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In Thursday’s 1,600 final, Peloquin — who was boxed in by other runners for the majority of the race — moved out to the fourth lane to create passing space. She and Issaquah’s Sami Corman passed Richland’s Lindsey Bradley on the final lap.
Peloquin led the race coming out of the final turn, but Corman outkicked her at the finish line to win the race by 0.12 seconds. Peloquin finished at a personal best and school record time of 4:55.39.
“I was able to close hard and I was happy with that, but, to be honest, with 50 to go, I didn’t even see (Corman) coming,” Peloquin said.
In the 3,200 final on Saturday, it was Bradley who edged Peloquin — the defending champion— for the title in the event. She ran a 10:33.23, nearly three seconds off Bradley’s mark.
“That race, that’s all I had, so that’s why I’m happy,” Peloquin said.
Peloquin’s twin brother, Tristan, took eighth in the 4A boys 3,200 race with a time of 9:21.42. He was questionable for the track season after battling mononucleosis over the winter, but led the Tides to a 4A boys state cross-country title in Pasco last November, taking fourth in the field of 147 at 15:27.64.
Both Peloquin twins are committed to run cross-country and track in college next year: Brenna at Boise State, Tristan at the University of Portland.
Freshman Hadassah Ward also picked up a second-place finish in the 4A girls shot put with a 4A girls state-leading, personal best and school record mark of 42 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
Ward threw the leading mark on her third attempt, but was matched by Tahoma’s Ginny Mehl on the fourth. Mehl won the tiebreaker on second-best throws.
“I knew I had to do better than what I had done before, and do better than what she had thrown, but that didn’t happen,” Ward said.
Lauren Dickson, a senior, took fifth in the event after throwing a personal best of 41-04.
Senior Charlie Dahlstrom took fourth in the 4A boys discus at 159-05 — a personal best by nearly three feet.