TACOMA — For two laps Arlington High School distance-running standout Aiden Emerson appeared to be firmly in control of the pace.
But as the rain picked up early Thursday evening during the Class 3A boys 1600 meters finals at the high school state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School, so did the pace of Bishop Blanchet’s William Schneider.
Schneider pulled even with Emerson, and the pair went stride for stride during a tense final 100 meters. Eventually, Schneider found enough in the tank to edge Emerson by a mere .02 in a photo finish for the state title.
Schneider finished the race in 4 minutes, 7.65 seconds while Emerson, who held the state’s top time regardless of classification in the event coming in, finished in 4:07.67.
Arlington junior takes 2nd in 3A girls high jump
Mary Feider saved her best jump of the season for the right moment.
The Arlington junior delivered a personal-best leap of 5 feet, 5 inches in the high jump to earn a second-place medal in 3A girls. Feider eclipsed her previous best by 5 inches.
Fackenthall places 2nd in 1B girls long jump
Grace Academy sophomore Zia Fackenthall finished second in the 1B girls long jump held at Eastern Washington University.
Fackenthall, who entered the event with the top mark in her classification, posted a jump of 16 feet, 2 inches, 3.25 inches behind winner Jessie Reed of Oakesdale.
Arlington senior finishes 3rd in 3A girls discus
Arlington senior Laura Meno took third in the 3A girls discus throw.
Meno posted a throw of 118 feet, 5 inches.