When the time finally came last Friday, Jenae Usselman picked up her javelin and got to work.
“I was anxious all throughout the day, I was just ready to get going. I wanted to throw super bad,” she said.
The Mount Si athlete chucked her way to the top at the 4A District 2 championships at the Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle. She won the event with a throw of 129-04 and is headed to the state meet with other Mount Si athletes on May 24-26 at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma.
Usselman’s best mark this season and career-wise is 141-8, which puts her in third in the 4A state rankings and fourth in the state overall.
“I’m super excited, I’m feeling a PR at state,” she said.
Usselman said the district meet was quick, but fun and she’s glad to have picked up the sport three years ago.
In order to unleash her huge throws, Usselman’s mindset is this: “(You) kind of just gotta clear everything, you can’t really think about what you’re doing, just know that you give your best and that’s it.”
Over on the track on Friday evening, Mount Si’s Joe Waskom racked up another 3,200 title with a mark of 9:07.70.
“I’ve been feeling good, just trying to stay healthy, just trying not to get sick and just trust the process,” he said. “Workouts have been going good and I’m just feeling excited to go to state again.”
His PR stands at 8:58.87 and puts him atop the 4A state rankings and second overall statewide.
With the stress of AP tests gone now that those have been completed — Waskom feels he did well after lots of studying — he can now completely focus on running.
“I love it,” he said of running the long-distance race. “I actually enjoy just going hard and just racing in general. Every single time I step out on the 32, I’ve got eight laps just to have fun.”
For a full list of state qualifiers, visit wiaa.com.