Mount Si sending seven to state track meet

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SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si track teams will be sending several athletes to the state meet to be held in Pasco Memorial Day weekend. Four girls and three boys will make the trip, several having competed at the state level before.

Leading the list of state returners is Piper Sherbon who will be making her fourth state appearance. This year she will compete in the shot, triple jump and discus. She took second in the shot at the Sea-King district meet last weekend, throwing 40 feet, 3 inches. Sherbon also placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 6 inches. She just missed the field for the long jump going 17 feet, 4 inches, falling just two inches short of qualifying.

She will also compete in the discus after throwing a distance of 116 feet, 11 inches at the Sea-King meet to take fourth.

Kristen Berndt earned a third trip to state after winning the championship in the javelin at the Sea-King meet with a throw of 134 feet. Berndt also ran the 100 and 300 hurdles in preliminaries last week, but missed qualifying for state in those events.

Berndt teamed up with Nicole Remish, Monica Nelson and Jordan Tipton to run a 52.5 second 4x100 relay, but missed qualifying for the finals. Remish also ran the 400 in a time of 1:01.5, missing the finals.

Caitlin Braun earned her second appearance at state by taking third in the discus with a throw of 119 feet, and fourth in the shot with a throw of 34 feet, 6 inches.

Finally, for the girls' team, Shannon Posey will be making her second trip to state after posting a personal best distance of 123 feet, 10 inches to claim second in the javelin.

For the boys' team, the big story was the tandem of Alex Grazda and Michael Keller in the javelin. Grazda had a throw of 172 feet to take third, and Keller had a throw of 167 feet, 4 inches to take fourth. Keller's throw came in the first round of the second flight and was a personal best for the athlete. Adam Rothgeb also will be traveling to state for the boys' team after taking second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.32. Rothgeb had taken second in the prelims and showed tremendous effort to finish second in the finals.

Grazda just missed the field of high jumpers, taking the fifth spot, and teammate Erik Tierney had a throw of 127 feet, 9 inches for seventh in the discus. The 4x100 relay team of Brady Barry, Rothgeb, Toby Jones and Justice Manson ran a personal best time but missed the finals. The 4x400 relay team of Steven Johnson, Stefan Marth, Rothgeb and Conrad Haustveit also ran a personal best time but missed the finals.

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