It was a fast and furious final day of Star Track XXXIV at Mount Tahoma Stadium on Saturday, as many of local athletes had chances to reach the podium.
By the end of the day, the Bonney Lake High boys track and field team nearly walked away with the Class 3A state team title, coming up just short (40 points) behind state-champion Lincoln (45.5).
Before the boys could celebrate their successes, the day started off with Bonney Lake’s girls throwing team.
Bonney Lake coach Jason Silbaugh didn’t know which version of Dreakeanna “Kiki” Adair was going to show up in the discus. Throughout the season, Adair suffered through head games and self-confidence issues that caused the young Panther to struggle. She was her own worst enemy.
“The main thing I tried to do was stay positive. That really brought me down in the past,” Adair admitted.
But Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium was different.
When Adair walked into the throwing circle for her final throw of the discus, the Bonney Lake sophomore was smiling. After witnessing Edmonds-Woodway junior Vernice Keyes’ third throw of 127 feet, 7 inches jump her best by three inches to take the top spot in the finals, there was nothing left for Adair to lose.
So she smiled.
And then in one motion, Adair set off a throw that had the discus rip through the headwind, curl and then land 133 feet, 9 inches away, giving Adair the 3A state championship.
“Before I threw, I was trying to think that I don’t really have anything to lose,” she said of her third and final attempt.
Adair’s throw was her personal best, and also the high mark at Bonney Lake, breaking Samantha Boudreau’s previous record of 130-7, set late last month.
Right after it was announced, Sumner’s Rhaven Dean (fourth, 117-9) embraced her, as did Silbaugh.
“We have a lot of throwers on our team, and (Silbaugh) takes the time with everyone to make sure they’re doing their best,” Adair said. “It’s really hard to do that when you’re the only (coach). I think he helps makes us a strong team, and I’m really glad I get the privilege to be coached by him.”
For Adair and her coach, this year’s state meet was supposed to be all about getting experience for the sophomore.
Instead, she took home something far more significant.
Adair wasn’t the only Bonney Lake Panther to reach the top of the podium. Boudreau won the 3A girls shot put with a throw of 41-11, and continued the South Puget Sound League’s dominance at the state meet.
Overcome with emotion after the win, Boudreau broke down, realizing the gravity of the moment of bringing the state championship back to Bonney Lake since Adara Winder (2010-2012) won three consecutive titles. The SPSL 3A has crowned a state champion in the shot seven out of the past eight years, with Bonney Lake winning five titles.
That list includes Tiara Killmer (Bonney Lake, 2009), Winder (Bonney Lake, 2010-2012), KC Moulden (Enumclaw, 2014-2015) and now Boudreau.
Sumner High had big day all around as several of its athletes brought home hardware. Rhaven Dean started the day off by reaching the podium in all three throwing events.
After placing second in the javelin on Thursday, Dean took third in the shot put (39-6 1/4) and fourth in the discus (117-9).
Sprinter Josh Riley had the best results of the day, as the senior finally reached his goal of winning the 3A state title in the 300-meter hurdles (39.03 seconds).
“It feels good ... I’ve been wanting that one a long time,” Riley said.
Jordan Thompson finished fourth (57.64) in the 400, Emma Sjolund took fifth in the 800 (2:15.5) and the girls 4x400 relay also finished in fifth place.