Maintaining modest expectations helped two seniors produce splashy marks on a perfect Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium. Allie Hadley of Bothell...
PASCO — Maintaining modest expectations helped two seniors produce splashy marks on a perfect Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium.
Allie Hadley of Bothell and Austin Sodoroff of Woodinville surprised themselves at the 51st Pasco Invitational track and field meet, claiming the state lead in the javelin and pole vault, respectively.
Sodoroff started the day with a near disaster, giving little indication he would finish the day with a school-record vault of 15 feet, 6 inches.
Hadley threw 140-5, the best in an impressive javelin series, with the worst of her six throws better than second place and more than 4 feet beyond the previous Bothell record of 127-11.
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“There’s no excuse today not to throw good,” Hadley said. “Living in Seattle, dealing with the rain and wind, if you can throw good in that, you come to this, it’s a thrower’s dream.”
Hadley’s best coming into the season was 122, and her goal was 130.
“When I threw 127-6 last week I knew I could completely get it,” she said. “I came into today really relaxed. … I was ready to take it to a new level.
“I knew the second it left my hand, when I have a good throw,” she said of her 133 opener. “I pretty much feel nothing.”
Her next throw was even more nothing, the 140, which forced her to up her goal to 150.
While Hadley was on from the start, things were the opposite for Sodoroff.
“I went up and planted and the pole actually shot me off,” he said of his first attempt at his 13-6 opening height. “I let go of it and did a back flip into the pit. I got scared.
“I felt like I was shutting down, like my body wouldn’t let me continue. Pole vaulting is a mental game, and I had to work through it. The more times I got on my poles, the more comfortable I felt until I was back up in the running.”
• Maddy Meyers of Northwest defended her Pasco 3,200 title (10:47.95) but couldn’t do the same in the elite mile, losing to Katie Knight of North Central (4:51.75 to 4:53.54). Lily Engelbrecht of Blanchet was third (4:55.95), breaking five minutes for the first time.
• Marcus Dickson of White River won the boys elite mile (4:09.01), leading gun to tape.
• Anandae Clark of Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) became the first Washington girl to clear 13 feet in the pole vault.
• Inglemoor junior Kyra Burke won the 1,600 (5:07.74).
• Byron Howell of Garfield was third in the 100 (11.06), fourth in the 200 (22.44) and second in the 400 (49.01).
• Auburn Riverside got a 1-2 finish in the long jump from Brandi Williams (18-7 ½) and Ali Rodseth (18-2 ¼).
• Wes Bailey of Mead won the 200 (21.72) and 400 (48.69) and anchored the winning 400 relay (42.48), earning athlete of the meet honors.