TACOMA – The West Valley boys have at all times had a longstanding custom of gifted jumpers, significantly in pole vault.
From former athletes like Luke Collins, the varsity file holder at 16 ft, to Ben Clifford and Josh Miller, who every have cleared 15 ft, the Eagles produced the very best expertise within the Spokane space every year.
There was one factor lacking from that group, nonetheless – a state particular person title.
That got here to an finish on Friday afternoon on the State 4A/3A/2A meet as senior Gavin Hoskinson grew to become the primary WV pole vaulter to earn the state title, taking the 2A boys title in 13 ft, 6 inches.
“It feels awesome putting in all this effort and all this work in to see something actually happen,” Hoskinson stated.
Matching his personal-best peak from two weekends in the past on the District 8 2A meet, Hoskinson’s topped Burlington-Edison’s Talmage Palmer’s mark of 13-3 battling by means of the wind and rain on one other soggy day at Mt. Tahoma High School.
Just a 12 months after inserting third in pole vault at 12-0 on the Greater Spokane League 2A Culminating Championships within the shortened 2021 season as a junior, Hoskinson felt he needed to relearn every little thing about pole vaulting regardless of having performed the occasion since his freshman 12 months.
“Coming back this year, it was a whole new experience for me,” Hoskinson stated. “Going up into the pit, it was very scary. At the beginning of the season, I no-heighted in my first two meets and I was just in the gutter. In the third meet, though, I jumped a good (1-) foot PR of 13 feet and that kind of kick-started my season. Now I am here today as a state champion.”
West Valley had two extra placers as senior Madison Carr was fourth within the ladies discus with a throw of 112-4 and sophomore Grady Walker positioned fifth in boys triple at 40-9 1/4.
Central Valley’s AJ McGloflin confirmed the state why he was the very best excessive jumper all season as he claimed the 4A boys title at 6-10, matching his private finest.
The CV senior cleared his first three heights on his first makes an attempt, cleared 6-6 on his second try, and cleared his subsequent two heights on his first try earlier than elevating the bar to 7-0.
Going after former CV nice Brent Harkin’s state-meet file of 7-1, McGloflin clicked the bar twice along with his heels on first two makes an attempt. His physique went proper into the bar on the ultimate try to finish his day of leaping.
“I feel great,” McGloflin stated. “I just wanted to the break the state-meet record today, so that’s what I was disappointed about, but it was good to get the win.”
McGloflin’s teammate, sophomore Brandon Gutzwiler, positioned fifth at 6-2.
CV junior Brandon Thomas set a meet file within the boys ambulatory shot put with a throw of 42-4 1/2, successful by virtually 10 ft. He additionally completed second within the ambulatory 100 meters at 13.91 seconds.
CV senior Rodney Minette accomplished his lone occasion within the 4A boys shot put, inserting third at 52-4. CV senior Cassidy Haddad took seventh within the 4A ladies 100 hurdles, operating a time of 16.28.
Mead senior thrower Emily Hutchinson positioned fourth within the 3A ladies shot put at 37-4 3/4. Hutchinson additionally took second place within the discus Thursday.
“It’s definitely sad that it’s over, but I’m definitely ready for the next few years,” Hutchinson stated. “I didn’t get first place like I wanted to, but I still competed. To get two medals is very good for me and I scored points for my team.”
The Hutchinsons, a household of 5 sisters, accomplished three many years of excellent competitors.
“I feel very proud to be a part of it,” Hutchinson stated. “I know my sisters are proud of me even though I didn’t do as well as I wanted. To be the last one is insane.”
Three GSL boys athletes positioned within the 3A excessive bounce, led by Cheney senior Kai York-Akiu’s second-place, personal-best bounce of 6-4. Mt. Spokane junior Zachary Travis completed fourth, leaping 6-2, and University senior Isaiah Shaw positioned fifth at 6-2.
Cheney’s Konner Dobosh positioned sixth within the 3A boys javelin at 173-6.
Pullman senior Nicole Avery positioned twice throughout the day: taking fifth within the 2A ladies lengthy bounce at 16-4 3/4, adopted by a fourth-place run within the 100 hurdles at 16.17.
Lewis and Clark’s Keeley Johnson jumped a personal-best 17-2 3/4 to position fourth within the 4A ladies lengthy bounce. LC senior Luke MacIver positioned seventh within the 4A boys shot put with a personal-best 49-7 1/4.
East Valley senior Cody Lewis added to his medal rely, choosing up his second of the weekend by inserting third within the 2A boys discus at 149-8. EV’s Ryan Conrath picked up sixth place within the 2A boys triple bounce, going 40-5 1/2.
Shadle Park senior Emma Glanzer took fourth within the 2A ladies lengthy bounce at 16-7 1/4.