PASCO — It couldn’t have been a better time for Michelle Lloyd to match her personal record in the javelin.
Lloyd tossed the javelin 117 feet, 1 inch in her first throw at the Class 4A State Track and Field meet in Pasco, resulting in a sixth place finish overall. The throw was the exact distance she achieved at the Narrows League Championships May 11.
“On her first throw, she matched her own personal record,” said North Kitsap High School Vikings coach Dave Snyder. “She’s been one of the hardest workers on the team this year. She’s a big part of our team.”
Senior Jade Niemeyer placed eighth in the shotput with a toss of 36 feet, 5 inches.
“Jade didn’t do as well as she wanted to. It was a pretty tough field though,” Snyder said. “One of her goals going into this year was to place at state and she got there.”
In boys action, junior Aaron Bilbao earned ninth place in the pole vault (13 feet, 3 inches) on a blustery Saturday morning in Pasco.
“A lot of the vaulters were struggling. There was a crosswind that disrupted the vaulters. It was so windy in the morning and Aaron vaulted at 9 a.m.,” Snyder said. “It ended up that 14 feet, 6 inches won the championship. Usually there’s three or four athletes who vault over 15 feet.”
Snyder said Bilbao turned in a memorable season nonetheless.
“Aaron broke the school record. He worked so hard at his technique. He has a passion for his event,” he said. “He got a lot of the other guys on the team interested in the pole vault.”
The 1,600-meter relay team of Levi Pixton, Cody Bradwell, Zac Simmons and Nick Cameron failed to qualify for the finals after finishing in last place during the prelims.
“There were so many other relay teams who had personal records,” Snyder said. “It just didn’t happen for them. They didn’t piece it together.”
Despite the fact that the relay team didn’t advance, Snyder said he was proud of the way the quartet performed this season.
“They were solid for us all year long. It was the strength of our team,” he said. “They ran well this season.”
Snyder said he was proud of all seven athletes who represented NKHS at the final meet of the season.
“Each athlete who competed in Pasco earned the right to be at the state meet,” he said. “Each of them did a great job for us this year. We’re looking for both the girls and boys teams to do even better at state next year.”