Samantha Boudreau is quick with a smile these days.
Who can blame the Bonney Lake High senior thrower who has become accustomed to winning while setting new standards in the discus (130 feet, 4 inches) while inching closer to Adara Winder’s four-year old school record in the shot put?
“It’s one of my goals this year to have my name at the top in both the shot and discus,” Boudreau said earlier in this season. “But I don’t focus on that alone. I try to get my PR (personal record) or win each meet first.”
Boudreau’s top distance in the shot stands at 43 feet, 2 3/4 inches, just over two inches short of Winder’s throw of 45-9 1/4 set in 2012. Winder also owned the discuss record before Boudreau broke it on April 21.
Nothing phases her, honestly. She’s always calm with her emotions, and she never lets one bad throw to distract her. She’s a rock.
Bonney Lake throwing coach Jason Silbaugh
“Nothing phases her, honestly,” Bonney Lake throwing coach Jason Silbaugh said. “She’s always calm with her emotions, and she never lets one bad throw to distract her. She’s a rock.”
Boudreau’s rock-solid demeanor helped her win the 3A district title in the shot put with a throw of 41-11 over the weekend at Sunset Chev Stadium. She finished in second (112-8) in the discus behind Columbia River’s Yaiydenn Lopez-Perez (113-11).
“Just the way she goes about her work pushes us to get better,” said sophomore Dreakeanna Adair, who finished in fourth in both the shot put and discus at the district meet. “She’s always working on her technique. It makes you work harder to match her.”
Boudreau has accomplished a lot in her track career. From district titles to state placements to signing with Eastern Washington University for track —the senior has experienced so much in her young career. Yet, one thing has escaped her these past two years: a state title.
She better go win it, or she will have to answer to me.
Entering state championship week with Star Track at Mount Tahoma Stadium beginning Thursday (May 26), so much rides on Boudreau’s shoulders. She’ll be thrust into the spotlight as she attempts to go for her first state title.
“(This week) will be a big week for me, but I’ve experienced it before and I know how I need to prepare for what I will see out at state,” Boudreau said.
If that’s not enough motivation already, a pair of watchful eyes will be glaring her down, rooting for her to continue the 3A SPSL’s dominance at the state meet in the shot put. Former Enumclaw High shot putter KC Moulden, who’s now throwing at Cornell, chided Boudreau after winning the 3A title in the event at last year’s meet.
“She better go win it or she will have to answer to me,” Moulden said last year. “(This year) is her time to step up and win it.”
Moulden and Boudreau developed a friendly rivalry over their high school careers, and last year it was between the two for the 3A state title. Moulden ended up winning the title with her first throw (45-5) while Boudreau took second (41-9). Standing second on the podium was a sight the Panther senior became accustomed to during Moulden’s reign.
But not anymore. This is her time to rise to the top of the podium.
Just the way she goes about her work pushes us to get better. She’s always working on her technique, it makes you work harder to match her.
“Right now, it’s just placing here (at district) and then focusing on the big one next week,” Boudreau said. “It’s really about going out and having fun and enjoying my time with the team.”
She’s enjoy that time with a smile — one that’s only going to grow with each throw she makes.