CHENEY — Lilli Zimmerman of Naselle is the state 1B shot put champion after a 35’4.75” throw, a highlight of Naselle’s performance at the State track meet in Cheney May 25-27, which also saw Ellie Chapman break 50 seconds in the 300 hurdles for the first time and Shon McEneny finish in the top seven in the discus throw and javelin throw.
Zimmerman’s third attempt Friday was the throw that won State, beating her own personal best by five inches and defeating second-place Syierra Membrere of Columbia by four inches. Zimmerman, a sophomore, was the Comets’ only State track champion this year.
Chapman had run dozens of 300-meter hurdles events in her career, occasionally breaking 51 seconds, with a best of 50.33 in 2015, her sophomore season. At District, she managed a 50.51, her season best. Chapman got down to a personal-best 50.03 in State prelims, then crushed that mark at 49.32 in finals, taking fifth in State in the final event of her track career.
Chapman was also fourth in State in the 100-meter hurdles (17.36), sixth in high jump (4’10”), and triple-jumped 30’4.75 for 12th place.
McEneny had a fifth-place javelin throw of 155’2”, and a discus throw of 116 feet for seventh place. Amelia Tutu’u took tenth in the girls’ javelin throw at 99’3”.
In the girls’ pole vault, Sophie Scrabeck tied for fifth at eight feet, with Zanith Wulf in tenth at 6’6”. On the boys’ side, Parker Dalton tied for fifth at 10 feet.
Lindsay Hunt went under 15 minutes in the girls’ 3,200-meter race for the first time. Her time of 14:38.65 made her 10th place in the state. Antonio Nolan ran the boys’ 1,600 in 5:11.69 for 14th place. Faaoso Tutu’u triple-jumped 37’2.5”.
The Comets’ girls 4x200 relay team of Amelia Tutu’u, Jordan Clark, Lia Willenbrock and Jacky Steenerson took seventh in finals at 2:00.32. The 4x400 team (Willenbrock, Ellie Miller, Amelia Ruch and Micah Cenci) were also seventh in finals at 4:52.54.
Comets competing at State but not advancing to finals in the specified event: Faaoso Tutu’u (boys’ 100-meter run, 12.12 seconds); Karinda Cooper (girls’ 100-meter run, 15.16 seconds); Jackie Steenerson (girls’ 200-meter run, 30.10); Jordan Clark (girls’ 200-meter run, 30.58); Lia Willenbrock (girls’ 400-meter run, 1:07.54; girls 800-meter run, 3:42); Ellie Miller (girls’ 400-meter run, 1:12.75); Dalton (boys’ 400-meter run, 55.26); Nolan (boys’ 800-meter run, 2:19.57;) Erik Lund (boys’ discus throw, 110’4”); Zimerman (high jump, 4’6”); the girls’ 4x100 relay team (Karinda Cooper, Jesica Clark, Tutu’u and Jordan Clark, 57.75); the boys’ 4x100 (Dalton, Nolan, Faaoso Tutu’u, Gabriel Gilbert, 47.56) and 4x400 (Tutu’u, Lund, Nolan, Ian Fontanilla, 3:58.8.)
Naselle track coach Debbie Denny is retiring as head coach but will continue to serve as a volunteer coach. Denny began coaching track at Naselle Middle School 40 years ago and has been the head track coach for 16 years. She is ready to have more free time in the spring, while remaining involved in track.
“I want to watch the Mariners (at Spring Training) in Arizona. I want to do some spring skiing — I like to go when the roads are still good…. [The athletes] know I’ll still be around. Coaching track is so rewarding; so many of the athletes I’ve coached over the years are still my friends.”