Earl second in discus
Jenkins High School sent seniors Zack Schnieder and Makayla Earl to the State 1B/2B/1A track and field championships at Eastern Washington University last Friday and Saturday.
For Schnieder and Earl, it was a weekend to remember.
Schnieder set three JHS hurdles’ records, and earned a third place medal in the 300- meter hurdles before capturing a coveted state championship in the 110 meter hurdles.
On Friday, Schnieder won both preliminary races--in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.94 and in the 300 with a time of 39.49.
Both performances are new JHS records.
On Saturday, Schnieder showed that Friday was just a warm-up. In the 110-meter hurdles, he ran a fast 15.12. It wasn’t another school record, but something better—a state championship.
Schnieder ran a 39.47 in the 300-meter hurdles, shaving a little more time off his school record from the day before, but finished third.
“The two guys who finished ahead of him just ran out of their heads,” said Chewelah coach Pat Kostecka. “In the end though, Zack was tired and satisfied to get two school records and be a state champion. How much more can you ask for?”
Makayla Earl placed in all three events at State. She finished second in the discus, third in the shot put and eighth in the javelin.
“Makayla had a good couple of days,” said Kostecka. “In the shot put, Makayla has been fighting all season to reach her personal best, and a JHS record set earlier this season of 37’5.” But she hasn’t thrown over 36 feet since.”
In the finals on Saturday, on her final throw of the event, she unloaded a 38-9.5 throw, besting an earlier throw of 37-9.5. That set another school record and earned a third place medal in the process.
In the javelin, Earl threw 114-6, missing her own personal record by eight inches and earning an eighth place finish in the event.
But the highlight at State for Earl was in the discus. On Friday, she qualified for the finals with a throw in the neighborhood of 109 feet.
On Saturday, Earl was entrenched in the middle of the pack when coach Kostecka came up with some sage advice for his standout.
“We got to the finals and she’s sitting fourth or fifth… just not throwing well,” Kostecka said. “I went down and talked to her and told her not to think about technique now. Just visualize getting the discus in the air. I saw her working it over on the side and then she got in the ring and threw a 116-1 to jump over almost everyone else and into second place.”
The throw was her personal best by almost a foot and was good enough the second place medal.
As for the performances of both Schnieder and Earl, coach Kostecka was very pleased.
“We were fully satisfied and very happy with how they performed,” Kostecka said. “I just couldn’t have asked for it to go any better. It was perfect.”