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Smollack runs to fifth in 800 meters
Oak Harbor sophomore Mietra Smollack ran her second fastest 800 meters and avoided a collision to take fifth place in the Washington 4A State Track and Field Meet Saturday in Pasco.
Smollack, who entered the finals with the eighth fastest time, finished the 800 in 2:16.01. She set her personal best a week earlier in the District 1 4A championships with a time of 2:15.45 and was less than a second away from a school record.
Eastlakes Jessica Pixler won the state championship with the fastest female 800 in the state this year, 2:09.72.
Two athletes collided on the first lap of the race, causing a hazard, but Smollack and the others managed to avoid trouble.
Smollack, who was the only Oak Harbor female participant at state, earned four team points with her finish good enough for a four-way tie for 41st place.
Olympia won the meet with 50 points.
The Oak Harbor boys had two state participants, but both came up shy of placing in the top eight to earn points.
Junior Will Hunter finished with the 10th best throw in the shot put at 49 feet, 11.5 inches. The mark was one inch off his personal best and 8.5 inches away from the next highest finisher.
Cameron Elisara of Ferris High School won the event with a throw of 63-4.5
Wildcat sophomore Rodrick Rumble jumped 6 feet in the high jump, placing him in 11th place. He was four inches off the personal best he set at the district meet a week earlier.
A 6-2 jump would have been required to place in the top eight.
Trent Arrivey of Woodinville won the event with a jump of 6-10.
Wilson High School of Tacoma won the state meet with 50 points.