Track athletes headed to state meet

Published on Wed, May 22, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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Blaine athletes performed well at the 1A Tri-District track and field finals May 18, with eight Borderites moving on to state.

Olivia Adams won the girls pole vault with a career record vault – an astounding 11'3", 21" higher than the second-place finisher’s height of 96". Rachael McKinstry placed fourth in the pole vault with a height of 9'3". McKinstry and Adams will be joined at state by teammate Malie Laolagi, who placed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 32'10".

Five Blaine boys made it through tri-districts. Eddie Fontes will compete in three events at the state meet. He won the 800m at tri-districts with a time of 57.67 seconds, and placed third in the 1600m and fifth in the 3200m. Tom Bradley finished third in the 800m with a time of 1:58.17. Tracy Booth and Brad Whitley will compete in the 400m after posting times of 51.87 and 52.48 respectively. Gordie Kordas will round out the Blaine squad in the pole vault, earning his bid with a fifth place mark of 12'6".

Coach Cary Bacon said he was encouraged by his team’s performance at the tri-district meet, and is looking forward to the finals.

“Tri-districts went mostly how we thought it would,” he said. “I think we’ll have some people do fairly well at state if we can get through the first round.”

The Blaine boys track team placed seventh in the tri-district meet, and the girls team placed 13th. The state meet will be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney May 24 and 25.