Cecelia Jackson and Olivia Vincent finished first and third in the girls 100 hurdles, keeping alive the Cougars' hopes of keeping up with team favorite Kamiakin.
TACOMA — Cecelia Jackson and Olivia Vincent understand their uphill battle for a team championship. That doesn’t mean the Holy Names pair won’t give it everything they have in the Class 3A girls state track and field meet on Saturday.
“We really, really want to win,” said Jackson, a senior who easily repeated as champion in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.58 seconds Friday at Mount Tahoma High School. “We’re going to come out tomorrow and give it our best.”
Jackson and Vincent, who finished third in the hurdles behind runner-up Maria Blad of Enumclaw, have two more chances each to score points for the Cougars from Seattle.
The pair qualified second and third behind Lakes junior Kathleen Ballweber in the 300 hurdles and are part of the meet’s top-seeded 400 relay. But neither expects to score enough to overtake defending champion Kamiakin of Kennewick.
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“Because they have a lot of people. It’s so hard to compete with them,” Jackson said.
“Every single event they have somebody competing,” Vincent added.
That included the 100 hurdles, though Lindsay Schauble’s 15.75 was a distant fifth behind Jackson and Vincent (15.54). The Holy Names pair had qualified first and second entering the final and wanted to finish that way.
“I mean, that was the plan,” said Vincent, who gave Jackson a little hand-slap just before the two entered the blocks in Lanes 4 and 5. “I’m just thankful I’ve been able to come back and place in the top three, though, having not been able to compete since I was a freshman.”
Vincent lost her entire sophomore year to a torn ACL. Surgery followed in March 2012, then came nine months of rehab.
“I was on my best behavior,” Vincent said. “I did all my exercises. I still didn’t come back quite as fast as I wanted.”
It was fast enough to be part of the big two for the Cougars at state, though.
“She pushes me so much,” Jackson said of Vincent. “I like to win, but I also want to run my best. And she pushes me to do that.”
Jackson and Vincent would like to get past Ballweber in the 300 hurdles Saturday and give Holy Names a chance to take down Kamiakin.
“It’s gonna push us forward,” Jackson said of the challenge. “We’ll try to catch her and take 1-2.”
• Burlington-Edison senior Tiffany Richeson set a 2A meet record with a pole vault of 12-3. Heidi Dorling of Black Hills held the record of 12-0 from 2007.
• Seattle Prep’s Kate Adler fell just a half-inch shy of the 3A meet record in the girls long jump, winning at 19-0. Washington’s Angie Tasker set the mark of 19-0 ½ in 1985. Adler placed only seventh in the event a year ago.
• Tumwater’s Andrew Brown lowered the 2A boys meet record in the 400 that he set a year ago, finishing in 48.03 during his preliminary heat Friday.
• Gina Flint of Squalicum (Bellingham) set a 2A girls meet record to win the shot at 47-6 ¾.