It was a photo finish, but Adrian Thomas’ teammates and coaches thought he was picture-perfect.
They were right.
The fast-improving Pullman High junior bagged the Greyhounds’ third 2A state title in two days, holding off Riley Martin of Sequim by a thousandth of a second in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles Friday at the Washington large-school track meet at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma.
“It was exciting,” Pullman coach Allix Potratz-Lee said. “It was hard to tell, but we were pretty sure he’d won. The timing system here is so advanced. It popped on the board pretty quickly that he was the winner.”
Thomas was timed in 14.909 seconds. Martin, closing a gap with a late burst, was second in 14.910.
Before the meet, a tight race was expected between those two and Andrew Blackmore of North Kitsap, who led the season performance list at 14.81, with Martin and Thomas right behind at 14.83 and 14.84 respectively. But Blackmore was disqualified for placing a hand on a hurdle in the prelims Thursday.
Thomas’ win came a day after teammates Eliason Kabasenche (1,600) and Dylan Hodge (long jump) captured boys’ titles.
In the hurdles, he’s coached by Potratz-Lee, the former Moscow High and University of Idaho distance runner who took the Greyhound reins this year.
“He’s not only an incredibly talented athlete,” Potratz-Lee said of Thomas, “but he’s also one of the kindest, sweetest people you’ll ever meet. He really lifts up the team.”
Levi Lathrop of Clarkston narrowly missed scoring a medal, taking ninth in the boys’ pole vault.
In the small-school state meet at Roos Field in Cheney, Destany Herbert of Pomeroy placed second in the 1B girls’ shot put, throwing 35 feet, 2¼ inches. The Pirate girls also got a fifth from pole-vaulter Alex Bremer and a sixth in the shot from Raelin Borley, while all three of their girls’ relay teams advanced to the finals, posting the No. 1 qualifying time in the 800 version. Also advancing was Pomeroy’s Nikki Halbert in the 200 and Sydney Smith in the 400.
In 2B, Thomas Martin of Asotin took second in the boys’ long jump, leaping a personal-best 22-1 3/4, about 7 inches behind the winner. Colfax’s Cameron Hiatt and Gabe Ahmann also scored points in the competition.
Adrienne Washington placed fourth in the pole vault for the Asotin girls, who assumed an 8½-point lead in the 2B team scoring. Johanna Keller-Tersch of Colfax took seventh in that event, and discus-thrower Samantha Ausman also medaled for the Panthers.
Qualifying for finals for Asotin were Sydnee Balzer in the girls’ 100, Wyatt Weissenfels in the boys’ 200 and all three girls’ relay foursomes.
Bryan Rubin of Colfax stayed alive in the 2B boys’ 110 hurdles, and Kennedy Cook of Garfield-Palouse did the same in the 1B girls’ 400.
WASHINGTON PREP TRACK MEETS
Second of three days
Results of southeastern Washington athletes
(Results may be incomplete)
110 hurdles — 1, Adrian Thomas, Pul, 14.909.
Pole vault — 4, Adrienne Washington, Aso, 9-0. 7, Johanna Keller-Tersch, Colf, 8-0.
Discus — 7, Samantha Ausman, Aso, 101-11.
Long jump — 2, Thomas Martin, Aso, 22-1¾. 4, Cameron Hiatt, Colf, 20-8. 8, Gabe Ahmann, Colf, 19-8½.
Pole vault — 5, Alex Bremer, Pom, 7-6.
Shot put – 2, Destany Herbert, Pom, 35-2¼. 6, Raelin Borley, Pom, 32-7.
Qualifiers for today’s finals
300 hurdles — Peyton Teevens, Pul, 46.40.
200 — Sydnee Balzer, Aso, 27.14.
400 relay — Asotin 51.57 (No. 2 time).
800 relay — Asotin 1:51.25.
1600 relay — Asotin 4:17.31.
200 — Wyatt Weissenfels, Aso, 24.15.
110 hurdles — Bryan Rubin, Colf, 17.62.
400 relay — Colfax 45.3. Asotin 45.4.
1600 relay — Asotin 3:32.37. Colfax 3:37.25.
200 — Nikki Halbert, Pom, 27.59.
400 — Kennedy Cook, GP, 1:04.18. Sydney Smith, Pom, 1:05.09.
400 relay — Pomeroy 52.24 (No. 2 time)
800 relay — Pomeroy 1:50.07 (No. 1 time)
1600 relay — Pomeroy 4:31.63.