Sumner High sprinter Josh Riley needs his energy.
The junior competed and qualified for the state meet in four events: the 110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and as a leg of Sumner’s 4x100 relay at the Class 3A West Central District track and field meet last weekend at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
“We practice it a lot, especially for the running events,” Riley said of his four-event routine. “I’ll do a 110, and then I’ll do a 300, and then a 100 right after that, just to get used to being tired throughout the meet.”
What’s his key to alleviate some of the fatigue? Fruit snacks.
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“They’re just quick energy, give me a little boost,” he said.
Riley eats fruit snacks before and after he competes in high jump — a ritual he started this season — to help propel him through all of his events.
Riley bested Auburn Mountainview’s Benjamin Mose in a jump-off Friday afternoon to take first in the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches. Riley, who posted a school record and personal best mark of 6-8 1/4 at the 3A sub-district meet on May 16, easily cleared 6-2 on his first attempt, while Mose missed.
After cruising through Friday’s preliminaries, Riley did the same in his three running events in Saturday’s finals.
“(This) week is obviously the big week, so I was like, ‘Just get in,’” he said.
Riley finished first in the 300 hurdles, clocking a school record and personal-best 38.74. He also took fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.14) behind Bonney Lake’s Cody Miller at 15.09.
Sumner’s 4x100 relay also ran a 43.91 to place second — this after setting a school record in Friday’s prelims at 43.61.
The 3A state championship meet beings Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Bonney Lake High highlights
As the only sophomore in a field of 16 throwers — including 12 seniors and three juniors — Bonney Lake’s Caleb Davis tossed a school record and personal best 51-3 1/4 in the shot put in Friday’s final to take second.
This will be Davis’ first trip to state — he didn’t make it as far as the sub-district meet as a freshman.
“I put in lots of time and work over the offseason and this season, putting in the extra time after practice,” he said.
He also wore the right socks — navy with neon blue and green flowers.
“I’ve PR’d every time I’ve worn these socks,” Davis said. “So hopefully it keeps working until state.”
Bonney Lake’s Bennett Hillier set a personal best and WCD and school record in the 800, posting a time of 1:53.23. The mark beat the previous record, set by Steilacoom’s Zach Bryan in 2010, by three seconds. Samantha Boudreau, a Bonney Lake junior, also threw a personal best 41-7 in the girls shot put. She took second only to Enumclaw’s KC Moulden, who leads the state in the event.