KC Moulden doesn’t go looking for the spotlight — it finds her.
The Enumclaw High School senior, currently leading the state in the girls shot put and is ranked third in the Class 3A discus, doesn’t socialize during meets. Instead, she opts to practice her form and make tweaks between throwing attempts.
“She doesn’t like a lot of people paying attention to her,” teammate Lily Basting said. “But it’s hard not to when she’s a state champ in wrestling and shot put.”
In fact, Moulden has won four state titles. She is the reigning 3A shot put champion, and a three-time girls wrestling state champion — in the 265-pound weight class as a sophomore, and at 235 pounds her junior and senior seasons.
“I just saw it as a huge accomplishment that I could do it because there’s so few people that do it,” Moulden said.
But she won’t talk much about her accolades, choosing instead to let her body of work speak for itself.
As a wrestler, she has a career record of 90-9, with 83 pins. She has three of the five fastest pins in Hornets history — all under 18 seconds.
She also holds the school’s record in the shot put by more than 9 feet. During the Hornets’ dual meet against Sumner on May 7, Moulden posted a state- and personal-best 46-foot, 7-inch throw in the shot put, and a personal best 128-1 toss in the discus.
“I was a little nervous I wasn’t going to PR at all this year,” she said.
Basting — a sophomore who throws shot put, discus and javelin — helped ease the pressure.
“She told me to think about daisies, so I wouldn’t overthink anything,” Moulden said.
Moulden appreciates that sort of simplicity. Behind the tough exterior and relentless work ethic, she has a reputation as a helpful, quiet leader.
“She’s just kind of the person who makes sure everyone’s taken care of,” Enumclaw girls wrestling coach Jerry Scheidt said. “She takes care of a lot of people before she takes care of herself.”
Moulden, who plans to study animal science in college, cares for her teammates with the same nurturing disposition she does for animals.
Two weeks ago, she brought her litter of three pug puppies — Dalia, Griswold and Hope — to track practice with her. As her teammates swarmed to hold them, Moulden made sure the 5-week-old puppies were wrapped in blankets to keep them warm and dry from the scattered rain showers.
Moulden is also active in Enumclaw’s FFA program, and has seven pets at home, including five dogs, a guinea pig and a chinchilla — a rodent species native to South America — that her mom found at Petco.
Her success in track has become an avenue to pursue the veterinary field in college. She was approached by the track and field program at Cornell University, and committed to the Ivy League school because of its animal science program.
“Cornell was a blindside,” Moulden said. “(I thought) I’m from Enumclaw. I’m not that smart, there’s no way I’m going to go there.”
Modesty also is in her nature. In reality, she’s a four-time academic state champion at heavyweight for girls wrestling with a 3.9 or higher GPA.
A lifelong Enumclaw resident, Moulden visited the Ithaca, New York , campus and decided it was a good fit.
“I’m excited,” she said. “But the closer I get, I’m very nervous because I don’t leave home a bunch, and I’m going all the way to New York.”
But Moulden gets as much support as she gives.
“She’s just an overall good person, and that’s why she has the support,” Enumclaw track coach Jenelle Murrell said. “We just want to see her fly.”
“Becoming a vet is her goal,” he said. “Track is going to help her get to that goal. It’s really a kid living out her dream, is what I see it as. She’s living out the first progression of her dream.”
Before Moulden trades coasts, she will compete for two more state titles — in the shot put and discus — to try to bring her career total to six. The 3A West Central District meet begins Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner, and Star Track — the 4A/3A state meet — begins May 28 at Mount Tahoma High School.