McKern leads Bulldogs at State 1A track & field
Kettle Falls High was represented by three track and field athletes at last weekâ€™s WIAA State 1A Track and Field meet at Eastern Washington Universityâ€™s Woodward Stadium. From left: Connor McKern, Tyler Johnson and Casey Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Curtis Kori.
Kettle Falls High was represented by three track and field athletes at last weekendâ€™s State 1A meet at Eastern Washington Universityâ€™s Roos Field (Woodward Stadium).
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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.
â€śIt was the perfect ending to Connorâ€™s career,â€ť KFHS track and field coach and his football coach, Curtis Corvino, said of McKernâ€™s State experience. â€śThe last month of the season Connor really turned it on. It was nice to see him put it all together like that.â€ť
McKern is likely headed to Spokane Falls Community College to continue a javelin career that didnâ€™t get started until his junior season at KFHS. McKern may also wind up at Carroll College and the Fighting Saintsâ€™ highly regarded football program.
â€śWith another year of experience under his belt, Connor really has an opportunity to excel,â€ť 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 Âľ).
â€śAs good as that was, it was also a very good day for a lot of other triple jumpers,â€ť Corvino noted.
Tyson Nauman, a senior from Elma, won the event with a jump of 45-3 Âľ.
Johnsonâ€™s PR was good for 12th.
â€śTyler really came through in a tough competition,â€ť Corvino said. â€śIt was the best jump of his career at State on the last jump (of his career).â€ť
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.
â€śI think Casey learned a lot with the experience,â€ť Corvino said of the talented freshman. I feel really good about the season he had and the way he has progressed.â€ť