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Tora Luu medals for Colville at State 2A track meet

June 5, 2014

Colville High was represented by six athletes and two alternates at last week’s WIAA Class 2A track and field meet at Mt. Tahoma High School (Tacoma). From left: Zach Shoemaker, javelin; Aubrey Buckner, first alternate, javelin; Joey Schweitzer, javelin; Tora Luu, high jump; Josie Cox, discus; Michael Panabaker, 400 meters; Kevin Carpenter, first alternate, 3200 meters; Malia Luu, 100 and 200 meters. Photo courtesy of Jodi Lehman.

National record
in 1600 set

As expected, it was tough going for Colville High’s six athletes at the State 2A Track and Field Championships at Mt. Tahoma High School (Tacoma) last week.
The only CHS athlete to medal was Tora Luu, who cleared 5-0 in the high jump to finish sixth and make the medal podium. She had entered the State meet tied for the best mark in the 2A ranks this spring (5-2).

Two events

Zach Shoemaker and Joey Schweitzer, who went one-two in the javelin at the District 7 2A championship, finished 14th and 16th, respectively.
Senior Malia Luu capped a stellar high school career as the only CHS athlete to qualify for more than one event. Luu was 13th in the 100 meters and 11th in the 200 meters.
Josie Cox, competing in the discus as a freshman, finished 12th in her specialty.
Michael Panabaker, like Shoemaker, a first-year track and field athlete, finished 15th in the 400 meters.
CHS co-head coaches Jodi Lehman and Randy Stebbins were pleased with the way their athletes competed at Tacoma on the big stage.
“The athletes we took to State did a great job of representing Colville High School,” Lehman said. “Some performed better during the District meet, but everyone had outstanding experiences at State.
“All of our non-seniors now have that State experience and will be pushing hard to get back to the meet next year.”
Colville will move down to the Class 1A Northeast A League next fall for the four-year WIAA cycle. The 1A, 2B, 1B meet is annually held at Eastern Washington University.
Lehman and Stebbins both said that overall, the highlight of their State experience had to be watching Alexa Efraimson of Camas set a national high school meet record in the 1600 meters (4:33.29).

The highest level

“Having an opportunity to see a performance like that is truly an amazing experience,” Stebbins said. “Our kids who got to watch that race came away with an appreciation of the level of performance you can see at a State meet. However, watching a national record being set is an experience that none of us get to witness often. Those of us who were able to see that race will never forget it.”
On the boy’s side, Olympic won the team title with 52 points, edging second place East Valley (Spokane). The Knights scored 44 points. River Ridge was third with 38 points. Sehome was fourth with 36.
On the girl’s side, Sehome won with 70.5 points. Tumwater was second with 62 points and Bellingham was third with 45.
East Valley (Spokane) finished fourth with 39 points.

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