The senior cleared 16 feet, 3 inches to set the Class 3A record and win the event for the second consecutive year.
TACOMA — When it comes to pole vaulting, Bishop Blanchet senior Zach Shugart has some odds stacked against him.
He’s a tad on the short side at 5 feet 9 and his poles outweigh him by about 40 pounds — when he steps on the scale he’s 145.
A strong cross wind and chilly weather at the state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School added another twist, but Shugart weathered the poor conditions and shrugged off four big misses to break the Class 3A record and win the state title for the second straight year, clearing 16 feet, 3 inches.
Shugart, a UW commit, broke the 16-2 record set by Sam Sampson of Squalicum in 2007.
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“When that wind is coming from the right side, it’s hard to control everything,” said Shugart, who was after the overall state record of 17 feet. He hit 16-8 a few weeks ago.
“You feel like you’ll be blown way off to the left. Considering the conditions, I’m happy with the way things turned out.”
Shugart got a push from teammate Taylor Barnes, who finished second at 15-9, but Barnes missed on his 16-2 attempt and Shugart wrapped up the title after making 16-3 on his first try.
“It was brutal today,” Blanchet coach Tim Frost said. “And for Zach to get that state record, his margin of error would have been really slim. But I’m proud of the way he competed.”
Brittany Woke of Kentwood of Covington, only in her second year as a triple jumper, upset last year’s state champ, Curtis’ Saudia Heard, 38-5¼ to 38-4, to take first in the 4A event. Woke came into the state meet ranked second in Class 4A.
“Things were a bit stagnant for a while during the season, I wasn’t seeing improvement, and then a few weeks ago I hit 39-4, then the next week 39, so I knew I had a chance to come in here and compete,” said Woke, a senior.
In the javelin, Lynnwood all-around star athlete Mikayla Pivec threw 147 feet to win the 3A event, adding to her fourth-place finish in the 1,600.
“I worked hard after basketball season to build up my strength, and this kind of made up for losing in the 3A basketball semifinals (to Bellevue),” said Pivec, who will also race in the 800 on Friday. “I’m still a little bitter, though.”
Tahoma’s Deszmon Humphries won the Class 4A boys shot-put title at 59-9, a mark that was nearly two feet better than his best throw.
In Thursday’s running finals, Holy Names’ Jordan Oakes, the Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the year, ran the fastest time in the state in the 1,600 in 4:46.80, edging out Sophie Cantine (4:49.34) to win the 3A girls title in the event, while Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens continued a stellar freshman season by winning the 4A title in 4:50.34. Issaquah sophomore Sami Corman was second in 4A in 4:58.17.
“My preferred strategy is to sit and kick,” said Oakes, who will try to qualify for the 800 final Friday, “but I knew I was going to have to lead this race to win it.”
Inglemoor’s Nick Laccinole, the top-ranked 1,600 runner in the state heading into the meet, was upset by Bellarmine Prep’s Jack Yearian in the 4A event.
Laccinole finished second in 4:11.27, while Yearian cruised to the title in 4:07.68.
Andrew Cooper of Liberty of Issaquah was second in the Class 2A 1,600 in 4:17.79, just a hair off winner Brigham Cardon of Selah (4:17.32).
In the Class 3A 1,600, senior Nathan Beamer of Arlington finished second in 4:12.93 behind North Central’s Justin Janke (4:07.69).
Shoreline Christian senior Tyrell Bonner set a state record in winning the Class 1B 1,600-meter race at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
Bonner finished in 4:28.71, bettering the previous record of 4:28.84, set in 2015 by Enrique Medina of Lummi.
In the girls pole vault, Seattle Lutheran senior Macey Crooks came in third with a jump of 8 feet, 6 inches.