The Enumclaw High girls track and field team brought home an armload of medals and smiles Saturday after the last race was run at the three-day state meet.
The Hornet girls finished fifth with 30 points in the 3A girls team division at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High.
KC Moulden finished her high school career on the top step taking the gold in the shot put reaching 45 feet, 5 inches and the silver in the discus at 134-00. She won the shot put last year, hitting 44-00.25.
Moulden has won five gold medals at Enumclaw High – three in wrestling and two in the shot put – breaking a more than two decade old record for EHS. Phil Engebretsen, assistant principal and athletic director, said Tori Hall won four consecutive in 1991-92 in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.
“It’s been amazing,” Moulden said of finishing her athletic career winning five gold medals. “A lot of people ask me about it (her medals). I think of it as I won something. I am going to miss all the people.”
Moulden said she hit a personal record in the shot put the week prior to state at the district meet.
Coach Jenelle Murrell said, “I’ve been with her since middle school. KC is a quiet leader with great character. She really cares for her team. Her performance speaks for itself.”
Murrell said Moulden is a hard worker both scholastically and athletically.
Moulden will be attending Cornell University next year and plans to study animal science and throw for the college track and field team.
Silver and more
The 1,600-meter relay team, with alternates, was made up of Katie Christensen, Aleea Gwerder, Taylor Tandecki, Josie Neu, Sarah Meeker and Emmie Neu. The team took the silver medal Saturday with a time of 3 minutes, 58.59 seconds.
Enumclaw came in fourth in the 800 relay. The team, with alternates, was Christensen, Gwerder, Sarah Meeker, Taliah Olson, Tandecki and Nikole Schroeder.
The 400 relay team of Christensen, Meeker, Olson, Tandecki, Schroeder and Caitlin Swenson ran in the preliminaries but didn’t qualify for the final heat.
Hunter Storm ran 16th in the 3,200 in 12:11.06.
Susan Starr threw the javelin for 12th place reaching 103-08.
Gwerder also ran in the 400 preliminary heat.
On the boys side, Enumclaw’s Tarik Hagen ran the 110-meters hurdles in the preliminaries in 15.72.
Along with running and throwing for medals, the girls track and field team was honored as academic champions earning a team 3.842 grade-point average.
“I am very proud of these girls,” Murrell said.
She said the girls work hard, always support each other, “and they are very smart.”