TACOMA — Jaquan Means has been pushed all season long.
The Kamiak High School senior is one of many talented hurdlers in Wesco, which produced four of eight finalists in Friday’s Class 4A boys 110-meter hurdles event during the state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School.
The high level of competition throughout the season paid off in a major way for Means, who can call himself a state champion after legging out his elite Wesco peers and the best from the rest of the state in 4A.
Means opened with a strong start off the blocks and never fell off the front of a tight pack on his way to posting a blistering personal-best of 14.52 seconds in the event to claim the first state title of his prep career.
“I didn’t really expect to PR, but I came out and did what I did,” Means said. “I’ve been practicing all week for the steps in-between. I finally got it down and was able to execute.”
Means led a 1-2-3 finish for Wesco hurdlers, edging second-place Lake Stevens junior Steven Lee Jr. by a mere four-hundredths of a second and third-place Lake Stevens junior David Brown by five-hundredths. Lee (14.56) and Brown (14.57) also posted personal bests. Lake Stevens senior Mason McMillin placed sixth in a personal-best 14.73 seconds.
“It pushed me a lot,” Means said of facing a loaded field of Wesco 4A hurdlers throughout the season. “I didn’t really expect them to be that much better this season in all honesty, but they came out and did their thing. We were just battling the whole way here.”
Means posted the fastest time in the 300 hurdles prelims with a personal-best 38.79 seconds and headed into the event’s final on Saturday as a favorite to win a second state title.
His victory in the 110-hurdles helped propel the Kamiak boys into second place with 20 points in the team standings. First-place Federal Way leads the way with 40.5 points and Lake Stevens is in third with 17.
Stanwood senior wins boys ambulatory discus
Stanwood senior William Tucker Randall produced a personal-best heave of 47 feet, 3 inches to claim first place in the boys ambulatory discus throw. The senior bested his previous top mark by 1-02.
Other local placers
Snohomish senior Adriannah Galvan earned her second consecutive fourth-place medal in the 3A girls discus with a throw of 115 feet. Edmonds-Woodway senior Lucy Barton took sixth with a personal-best mark of 111-05.
Shorecrest junior Brendan Rudberg finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the 3A boys pole vault while matching his personal-best mark of 13 feet, 6 inches. Monroe junior Justice Funston also matched a person-best 13-06 vault and placed seventh.
Kamiak senior Kalia Estes placed fourth in the 4A girls 100 hurdles with a time of 15.10 seconds.
Jackson senior Sydney Mohlman placed fifth in the 4A girls pole vault with a mark of 11-06.
Lake Stevens senior Hayli Tri earned her second fifth-place medal of the meet with a mark of 5 feet in the 4A girls high jump. Tri placed fifth in the javelin Thursday. Senior Madisen Bowers placed seventh in the 110 hurdles in 16.14 seconds.
Monroe sophomore Mason Davis produced a personal-best leap of 21-05.50 to take sixth in the 3A boys long jump.
Stanwood senior Abigail Danielson ran the 3A girls 100 hurdles in 15.64 seconds to place sixth. Lynnwood junior Porcha Robinson ran a personal-best 16 seconds and took eighth.
Everett junior Evan Hartt earned a seventh-place finish in the 3A boys discus throw with a mark of 150-04.
On Thursday, Arlington senior Kellen Langford took fifth in the 3A boys 1600 with a personal-best 4:10.66. Senior Macy Feider placed eighth in the 3A girls high jump at 5 feet.
Everett senior Shukurani Ndayiraglje placed fifth in the 3A boys triple jump at 46 feet, 4.5 inches.
Kamiak senior Jaedyn Chase finished fifth in the 4A boys 1600 with a time of 4:17.52.
Stanwood freshman Mary Andelin took seventh in the 3A girls 1600 with a personal-best 5:03.22.
Marysville Pilchuck junior Gianna Frank took eighth in the 3A girls shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 8.25 inches.
Lake Stevens senior Claire McGourty placed fifth in the 4A girls triple jump with a personal-best leap of 36 feet, 7.5 inches.
Runners, hurdlers, relay teams positioned well after prelims
Sprinters, hurdlers, relay teams and a middle-distance runner from Snohomish County showed out with marks at the top or near the top of their respective races during preliminary heats.
In 4A boys, Lake Stevens senior Grant Buckmiller raced to the fastest time in the 400 and 200 at 49.38 seconds and 21.47 seconds, respectively. Lake Stevens junior Steven Lee Jr. was fourth in the 300 hurdles at 39.93 seconds. Kamiak sophomore T’Andre Waverly, a four-star football recruit, ran a personal-best 10.60 seconds in the 100 meters and sits in second. He’s also fourth in the 200 at 21.98 seconds.
In 4A girls, Kamiak’s Estes set the bar in the 300 hurdles with a top time of 44.60 seconds. Glacier Peak senior Jana Willems ran the 100 in 12.17 seconds for the third-fastest time of the day and ran the 200 in 25.65 seconds for the second-best time. The Glacier Peak 4×100 relay team (Alexandra Brown, Keira Fleenor, Ella Seelhoff, Willems) was fourth with a season-best mark of 49.37 seconds. Lake Stevens senior Perla Ruiz was fourth in the 200 after a personal-best 25.50 seconds.
In 3A boys, Arlington senior Kellen Langford produced the top time in the 800 at 1:55.37. Snohomish senior Avery Keith notched the fastest time in the 400 meters with a personal-best 48.42 seconds. Monroe sophomore Mason Davis sits in third in the 100 after posting a personal-best 10.79 seconds. The Lynnwood 4×100 relay team (Zaire Griffin, Jordan Whittle, Trent Whitehead, Shayden McIntyre) were just three-tenths of a second off the top pace and sat in fourth with a season-best time of 42.31 seconds.
In 3A girls, Meadowdale senior Tresley Love ran the third-fastest time in the 400 at 58.55 seconds and Snohomish sophomore Baella Stich was fourth with a personal-best time of 57.68 seconds. Stanwood senior Abigail Danielson posted the third-fastest time in the 300 hurdles at 45.97 seconds.
In 2A girls, Cedarcrest freshman Addy Jenkins was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.38 seconds.
The top eight times among preliminary heats in each event qualified for Saturday’s finals.