TACOMA — Everett’s Calea Carr doesn’t practice discus much as she’s training to be a heptathlete. Turns out she doesn’t need much practice.
Carr’s best throw of 126 feet, 10 inches was good enough for her to win the 3A state championship on Friday. Carr had bested her nearest competition by almost 4 feet until the last throw of the finals when Bonney Lake’s Adara Winder throw appeared close to Carr’s best of the day. After the measurement, Winder came up three inches short and Carr hung on for the title.
“I’m shaking right now,” Carr said right after her victory. “It’s kind of unbelievable, especially since I won by like (three) inches or something. I feel blessed.”
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Winder’s last throw definitely had Carr and her coach Ned Prouse a little worried.
“I was really nervous,” Carr said. “That was terrifying. I thought she got me, but I don’t know, fate just worked out where I won this time.”
Carr’s best throw of the year was over 133 feet. She never had to hit that mark on Friday.
“She’s consistent in that 125 to 129 range,” Prouse said. “So I didn’t feel any pressure as far as being able to accomplish that. If the field was in the 130s I would have been a little bit more nervous. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous and a couple of those ladies were throwing real well. So you know, she was able to pull it off and I’m really excited for her.”
With Carr, just a sophomore, focusing much of her practice time on heptathalon events, her win is all the more impressive.
“This is just an event that she really likes to do and she is really good at it,” Prouse said. “So she doesn’t get as much practice for the disc as she does the rest of the events for the heptathalon just because we are trying to groom that, but she does get some practice but not like a true disc thrower would.”
Prouse said athletes like Carr are rare.
“She’s an amazing athlete,” he said. “It’s been quite a while since I have even seen athleticism to where it doesn’t seem like it matters what event I put her in.”
Prouse added that Carr’s victory improves moral within the program and should help get kids more involved in track and field at Everett.
“It takes moral to a new level and it works great for other kids of this world to get some recruiting out,” Prouse said. “It’s things like that, that get other girls into the program and just really kind of show these girls that we can compete at a high level and it’s a lot of fun — and we have a lot of fun in our program.
In the 2A girls shot put, South Whidbey’s Angelina Berger scored one of other highest finishes of the day for a local girl, placing third with a throw of 39-4.
Berger, a junior placed fourth at state a year ago.
“It feels great since I was fourth place last year, so I’m moving on up in the world,” Berger said.
Shorecrest’s Aiko Mizumori-Canfield also earned a third place finish in the girls 3A javelin with a throw of 130-5.
At Mount Tahoma H.S.
Long Jump—1. Brandi Williams (Auburn Riverside); 10. 10. Awa Marenah (Mariner) 17-01.25; 12. Jessica Ludwig (Arlington) 16-10.75; 14. Charlee Pilon (Marysville Pilchuck) 16-05.50; 16. Rudy Herbert (Edmonds-Woodway) 15-09. Shot Put—1. Courtney Hutchinson (Mead) 44-08.75; 5. Kaci Jones (Stanwood) 40-10; 6. Marisa Gonzalez (Kamiak) 39-05.50; 7. Lyndsay Leatherman (Arlington) 39-00; 16. Marissa Swegle (Arlington) 32-02. 100 Hurdles—1. Rachel O’Neil (Auburn Riverside) 15.02.
Javelin—1. Angelique Whistocken (Kennewick) 132-09; 3. Aiko Mizumori-Canfield (Shorecrest) 130-05.
Long Jump—1. Alanna Coker (Juanita) 19-00; 10. Nicole Harris (Shorecrest ) 16-04; 16. Charity Ijiomah (Shorewood) 15-07. Discus—1. Calea Carr (Everett) 126-10; 11. Onyie Chibuogwu (Shorecrest) 109-01; 14. Dominique Jackson (Oak Harbor) 101-00. 100 Hurdles—1. Cecelia Jackson (Holy Names Academy) 14.64.
Pole Vault—1. Kirsten Webber (Squalicum) 11-09. High Jump—1. Lauren McClusky (Pullman) 5-04; 14. Kristi Bartz (Archbishop Murphy) 4-08. Shot Put—1. Gina Flint (Squalicum) 42-11.25; 3. Angelina Berger (South Whidbey) 39-04. 110 Hurdles—1. Reagan Colyer (North Kitsap) 15.54.