McKern leads Bulldogs at State 1A track & field

Kettle Falls High was represented by three track and field athletes at last weekend’s State 1A meet at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field (Woodward Stadium).Competing for the first time at State were seniors Tyler Johnson and Connor McKern, and freshman Casey Hamilton.In the javelin competition last Friday morning, McKern uncorked a PR of 163-10. His career best mark came on the final throw of the competition and earned McKern sixth place on the medal stand. “It was the perfect ending to Connor’s career,” KFHS track and field coach and his football coach, Curtis Corvino, said of McKern’s State experience. “The last month of the season Connor really turned it on. It was nice to see him put it all together like that.”McKern is likely headed to Spokane Falls Community College to continue a javelin career that didn’t get started until his junior season at KFHS. McKern may also wind up at Carroll College and the Fighting Saints’ highly regarded football program.“With another year of experience under his belt, Connor really has an opportunity to excel,” Corvino said of the outstanding all-around athlete. The winning javelin throw in the State 1A portion of the meet that also included 2B/1B was 181-8 by a thrower from Meridian.Johnson, the outstanding KFHS jumper, broke the 41-feet mark in the triple jump for the first time in his career (41 ¾). “As good as that was, it was also a very good day for a lot of other triple jumpers,” Corvino noted. Tyson Nauman, a senior from Elma, won the event with a jump of 45-3 ¾.Johnson’s PR was good for 12th.“Tyler really came through in a tough competition,” Corvino said. “It was the best jump of his career at State on the last jump (of his career).”Hamilton, who no doubt will be back at State (KFHS is moving down to the 2B Northeast), cleared 5-8 in the high jump for the second time in two weeks.“I think Casey learned a lot with the experience,” Corvino said of the talented freshman. I feel really good about the season he had and the way he has progressed.”