Two Wolves move on to state A meet

Last year Coupeville sent one athlete to the class A state track and field meet at Eastern Washington University; this year the Wolves doubled their output.

Throwers Mike Daly and Lexie Black both qualified for state by putting forth their strongest shot put performances of the season at the Tri-District meet on Thursday and Saturday at Kings High School.

Daly, a senior, snagged the sixth and final state berth in the boys shot, with a season-best toss of 42 feet, and one-half inch.

“He threw the shot the best he’s thrown all year,” coach Greg Oldham said.

Daly just missed automatically qualifying for the discus on Thursday, finishing seventh with a throw of 117 feet, 10 inches.

“He was pretty disappointed not finishing high enough to advance in the discus,” Oldham said.

He will, however, act as an alternate and will participate if anyone gets hurt before state competition.

Black, a junior and first-year track and field athlete, also had a season-best throw of 31-feet-11 inches, netting her a fourth place finish overall.

“She’s been consistently throwing better as the season goes on,” Oldham said.

Black took eighth in the discus, missing state qualification by seven feet.

Other Wolves, who placed included Eric Taylor, with an eighth in the javelin, Jackie Furakawa with a seventh in the javelin and Kim Kisch with an eighth in the high jump.

Kisch narrowly missed qualifying for state, knicking the bar at the eventual state-qualifying height of 4-feet-10 inches.

The 4x100 girls relay team made up completely of freshmen, also had a strong performance, taking ninth in the prelims, just missing the finals by one place.

Both the boys and the girls ended the meet 15th out of 24 total teams.

The state meet begins Friday, May 28 at the EWU campus in Cheney. The girls shot put prelims and finals are at 3:30 p.m., on Friday and the boys shot put prelims and finals take place at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Oldham believes it will take a special focus from his athletes, but anything can happen at state.

“This is the time when everyone is at their best, when you have to raise your level of performance to match everyone else,” he said.

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