TACOMA — Seven South Kitsap High track and field athletes walked away with podium finishes at the WIAA 4A state meet on May 24-26.
It was a banner day for sophomore hurdler Deyondre Davis and senior thrower Emily Reeder — both took home top three finishes in two events each.
After Davis finished second in the 110-meter hurdles on the second day of the meet with a time of 14.54, he then surprised with a third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 38.83.
“I couldn’t ask for a better meet,” Davis said. While Davis considers the 110-meter race to be his better event, he was strong in both hurdles competitions. Both events were won by Germain Barnes of Chiwana, a senior.
Barnes approached Davis after the meet and said, “This is yours next year,” alluding to the fact that both he and Matthew Howard of Bothell, who took second in the 300-meter event, are graduating this year, leaving Davis as a top contender for a state title.
However, Davis also noted that he still has plenty of work to do before winning any championships.
“I really need to improve on my corner,” Davis said. “I feel like I’m floating over them a little bit.”
In the 300-meter event, Davis admitted he faded a bit down the stretch but held off Jared Mcalvey of Walla Walla to take third. He was just .23 seconds behind Howard in what was an extremely close race.
“I went a little harder on the start,” Davis said. “I should have been a little slower at the start of it because then I would have had the energy to hold it all the way through.”
Meanwhile, in the field events, Reeder scored a pair of third-place finishes in the shot put (41-01) and discus events (132-09).
Emily Riehl jumped 5 feet, 4 inches to take sixth in the high jump, and Paxton DePoe and Evelyn Collins-Winn took home seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the girls 1600-meter run.
Girls 800 meters — Paxton DePoe, South Kitsap, seventh, 2:16.71; Evelyn Collins-Winn, South Kitsap, eighth, 2:17.44.
Boys 110-meter hurdles – Deyondre Davis, South Kitsap, second, 14.54.
Boys 300-meter hurdles — Deyondre Davis, South Kitsap, 38.83.
Girls shot put — Emily Reeder, South Kitsap, third, 41-01.00.
Girls discus — Emily Reeder, South Kitsap, third, 132-09.