Woodland and Ridgefield athletes brought home first-place hardware from last weekend’s 2A Track and Field State Championship at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Ridgefield boys placed third in the meet as a team with Woodland placing fifth.

Ridgefield’s Trey Knight became a repeat state champion in shot put with a throw of 63 feet and 4 inches, over a foot farther than his throw in the district finals.

Knight also won state in discus with a throw of 187 feet 6 inches, a new state championship record. The previous meet record was 180 feet 3 inches, set in 2010. Knight threw 183 feet 9 inches in the district championship.

The Spuds brought home the girls javelin state title as well, with Mackenzie Sparks throwing the javelin 128 feet, 3 inches. Sparks set her season-best in the district championships with a throw of 129 feet 8 inches.  

Nicole Guthrie of Woodland High School won the 2A girls high jump with a jump of 5 feet 4 inches. Guthrie jumped 5 feet 6 inches in the district finals.

Tyler Flanagan of Woodland brought home the only state championship in the track category with a photo finish win on the 300m hurdles and a time of 39.38, just 0.04 seconds ahead of second place.

Top 4 finishes

Ridgefield’s Kyle Radosevich set a school record with a time of 9:16.42 in the 2A boys 3200-meter race, he placed second in state. Radosevich also placed fourth in the 1600-meter with a race time of 4:32.20, three seconds faster than he ran in the district finals.

Bryan Tavera brought home second place in 2A boys triple jump for Ridgefield with a score of 45 feet, 1.25 inches.

Woodland’s Alex Bishop placed second in 2A boys high jump. He jumped 6 feet, 6 inches at state, the same height he got to qualify for state in districts. Bishop cleared 6 feet 8 inches earlier this season.

Judeah Sanders of Woodland tied for second place in 2A boys pole vault with a height of 13 feet 0 inches. He cleared 14 feet in the district finals.

Woodland’s Jason Bowman placed third in 2A boys javelin with a throw of 166 feet 7 inches. He threw 179 feet 8 inches in the district finals.

Prairie High School’s Meri Dunford ran her personal best 1,600-meter race with a time of 4:54.99 to place second in 3A girls 1,600-meter. She beat her district finals time by about seven seconds. Dunford also got third in 3A girls 3200-meter with a time of 10:52.21, about 15 seconds faster than her personal record she set at districts to qualify.

Prairie High School also got second in the 3A boys 4x100-meter relay with a race time of 42.32 by Darius Dancel, Hezekiah Dixson, Abraham Dixson and Nolan Mickenham. They raced 42.49 in districts to qualify.

Mickenham also placed third in the 3A boys 100-meter dash with a time of 11.01 seconds.

Trent Thompson, one of two Battle Ground High School athletes to make it to state, placed third in 4A boys javelin with a throw of 191 feet 4 inches. The same distance he threw in the district finals.


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