Bothell senior Elizabeth Lowell-Forker broke out of a mid-season slow stretch for a massive personal best in the javelin on Friday, throwing 137 feet, 11 inches to win the Class 4A girls’ title at Mt. Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.
Lowell-Forker hadn’t sniffed the 130s since mid-April, when she cleared 129-03 at the Pasco Invite. She won the KingCo title, then won the district title. She needed every foot of improvement as Tahoma’s Ginny Mehl threw 135-09 and Puyallup’s Tanya Simora threw 134 feet.
Elsewhere a handful of Inglemoor and Bothell athletes set good marks in their respective events, led by Inglemoor senior Ifeoma Emeka, who jumped 17-0.25 in the long jump to take eighth overall.
Bothell junior Kevin Liu won his heat of the 100 meter prelims, finishing in 11.13 seconds and qualifying for finals on Saturday.
Inglemoor’s Michael Rhoads set a season-best time in the 400 meters to qualify with the second-best time from prelims: 48.6 seconds.
Sophie Bowles ran the 400 meter prelims in 57.79 seconds to qualify for finals.
The Bothell 4×100 meter relay team, featuring Jalen Ford, Daniel Summers, Dane Siegelman and Liu, qualified for finals with a second-place finish in the preliminary heat. The Bothel girls’ 4×100 meter relay team finished 12th overall.
Inglemoor’s Ethan Karlinsey came close to a career-best in the 800 meters to qualify for the finals, but fellow Viking Jalen Woodley finished just short of finals in the 300 meter hurdles with a 10th-place finish.
Inglemoor’s Chinedu Ugokwoli cleared 42 feet .75 inches to finish 14th in the triple jump.
All events will finish on Saturday in Tacoma. Check back over the weekend for updates, and be sure to grab a copy of the Reporter for a full wrap up.