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Local athletes shine at state | SLIDESHOW
TACOMA — The WIAA State Track and Field Meet resulted in big wins for the Arlington and Lakewood areas, with 13 local athletes taking home medals from the three-day event on May 24-27 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
From Arlington alone, 13 athletes placed with nine top-eight performers bringing home medals.
Junior Jared Alskog finished in third place in the 300-meter hurdles with a final time of 38.70. Alskog also walked away with a fourth-place medal in the high jump, clearing 6-02.00.
Senior Dan Boyden finished in second place with a discus throw of 176-02. Boyden took fourth place in the shot put with a final throw of 55-08.5.
Senior AJ Passalacqua took fifth place in the javelin with a final throw of 175-05.
Junior Lyndsay Leatherman took third place in all three of her throwing events. She finished the shot put competition with a final throw of 39-10.50. Her final discus throw was 126-04, and her final javelin throw was 138-11. Senior Marissa Swegle took seventh place in the shot put, with a final throw of 38-04.5. Freshman Jayla Russ placed 15th in the shot put competition, with a final throw of 33-11.75. Sophomore Justean Landis finished in 11th place in the shot put with a final throw of 106-01.
Sophomore Jessica Ludwig took home the seventh-place medal for the triple jump with a 35-01.75. She also placed 12th in the long jump event with a 16-7.5.
All three state-qualifying competitors from Lakewood took home medals.
“They each got a medal,” said Jeff Sowards, head coach. “Justin was a bit under the weather, but he took second in the high jump. Andrew made it into finals for the 300-meter hurdles and actually broke the school record in the prelims with a 39.55.”
Senior Justin Peterson took second place in the high jump, clearing 6-04.00 and took 11th place in the triple jump with a 40-10.25. Junior Andrew Stich took seventh place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.94. Junior Skylar Cannon took third place once again for her performance in the javelin, her final throw landing at 124-00.
“This is the third year in a row that she has taken home a medal at state and she’s a junior so if she keeps this up, she could medal all four years,” said Sowards. “She threw farther at state this year than she has ever thrown before.”