TACOMA - Wa-Hi's Jamie Weisner came up with the best javelin throw on her last throw of the season at the state Class 4A track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High here this weekend, and it was good enough to win her the state championship.
"It was the best throw of her life," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said of the 135-foot, 1-inch throw.
Weisner was in eighth place after preliminaries, and threw it 133-9 on her first toss and 125-0 in her second to keep her in second place. Her third one put her in front, and then "we sat and waited while others competed," Hisaw said.
"A huge, huge smile came across her face," he said. "She didn't do a whole lot emotionally, but you could see inside (she was celebrating)."
Hisaw said her state title is the first for a Wa-Hi girl in about 15 years.
Weisner finished 10th in the 300 hurdles and 11th in the long jump.
Blue Devil hurdler Garrett Gerling has his best time in the 110 hurdle preliminaries and finished third in 15.04. Mead's Casey Monahan won in 14.82.
"It was the weekend he wanted," Hisaw said of Gerling. e
"The Mead kid had the race of his life," Hisaw said. "Garret didn't have a poor race at all."
In the 300 hurdles final, Gerling had a great lane, Hisaw said, but the runner next him hit a hurdle, which flew into Gerling's lane. The interference put Gerling's step off and he never recovered.
"It wasn't in the cards for whatever reason," Hisaw said. "It was an unfortunate break."
Gerling set two school records and a regional record, and will sign to run at Washington State University, Hisaw said.
"What a great year for him," he said. "It just didn't end like he wanted."
Jonah Hoe was the only freshman in the long jump, Hisaw said, and he had a throw of 20-7.
Brandon Porter also had trouble with the windy conditions in the javelin, throwing into a head wind to place about 10th, Hisaw said.
"It's not that anything happened, it was just not a great day for him," Hisaw said.
Porter is headed to Eastern Washington University, Hisaw said.
Rachel Adkins, who finished 16th in the triple jump Thursday, is headed to George Fox University.