White River High track and field athletes at state meet

Four members of the White River High track and field program found themselves on the state’s biggest stage last weekend, competing in the Class 2A championships in Tacoma.

Four members of the White River High track and field program found themselves on the state’s biggest stage last weekend, competing in the Class 2A championships in Tacoma.

The state meet ran Thursday through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High.

The quartet had earned a trip to the state meet a week earlier with top finishes at the West Central District meet.

The best Hornet finish was turned in by Jade Crawford, who competed in the girls 100-meter hurdles. She clocked a time of 15.54 seconds during Thursday’s preliminaries, then placed sixth during Friday’s finals, dropping her time to 14.40.

Brenna Liebel turned in a time of 2:21.16 during Friday’s 800-meter prelims, then placed seventh Saturday during the 2A finals, dropping her time to 2:19.63.

Cassidy Kunst ran in the 300-meter hurdles, placing eighth. She clocked a time of 48.09 during Saturday’s finals after running a time of 47.09 during preliminaries a day earlier.

Sean Hayes was the lone representative from the Hornet boys team, competing in the javelin. He had a throw of 169 feet to claim seventh place.

The numbers posted by this year’s state participants rank high in the White River record book:

• Liebel established a White River record in the 800 meters. The previous record of 2:19.79 was held by Lauryn Wate.

• Kunst moved into the No. 2 slot all-time with her time in the 300-meter hurdles, trailing only Carley McCutchen.

• When Hayes threw 169 feet in the javelin, it was the third-best effort at White River since a new javelin was implemented in 2002.

• Crawford finished her Hornet career with five state medals, having qualified for the championship meet four years in a row. She earned three medals in the hurdles, one in the high jump and one in the triple jump.

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