All Bonney Lake High junior Samantha Boudreau has ever known in the Class 3A shot put has been looking up at Enumclaw High star KC Moulden.
After all, Moulden is the defending 3A state champion in the shot put.
Right off the bat, Boudreau had an uphill battle in the finals on Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Moulden launched a title-winning throw of 45 feet, 5 inches. Boudreau finished in second with a throw of 41-9 1/2.
“It’s been really great competing with KC all three years since I’ve been here,” Boudreau said. “She’s really come to be a really great friend.”
With Moulden, a senior, finishing up her final state track meet, next year will be Beadreau’s time to shine. In fact, Moulden is counting on it.
“(SPSL 3A) is no longer mine — it’s weird,” Moulden said.
Next year there is so much potential in front of Boudreau with Moulden leaving. A league, district and, if all goes right, a 3A state championship in the shot put is within her grasp.
Right after taking second place on Saturday, Boudreau was already there one year from now, envisioning her moment at the top of the podium.
“I’m just thinking I want to take it next year — I want to go all the way,” Boudreau said.
And if Boudreau’s biggest supporter just might be her biggest rival.
“She better take (state) next year,” Moulden said.
Sumner sophomore Rhaven Dean just wasn’t herself on May 27, the first day of the 3A state track and field meet.
After entering with a state-best (3A) throw of 135-6, Dean was the favorite. But in Thursday’s javelin finals, Dean did what she hadn’t done all year: chase the numbers.
“I think I was trying to chase the numbers,” Dean said. “I tried to force my throws and it just didn’t go right.”
Dean finished in eighth place (115-6) while Kelso sophomore Kirstin Mury won the state title with a throw of 136-2.
Sumner senior Alexandra Espinda felt good heading into the javelin finals Thursday. Right from her first throw, the javelin flew into the 120-feet range — a distance she struggled to reach earlier in the year.
But at the state meet, Espinda let loose a throw of 129-1, a personal best, and good enough for third place.
“It was really crazy because I didn’t know what I hit until the marker said so, but it felt really good when I released it,” Espinda said. “My goal was to make podium and to hit 125 (feet). I just didn’t expect to do as well as I did — I was just in a zone all day.”