3A track: Adamko goes out with 4 state titles

By Greg Jayne, Columbian opinion editor

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How special was it?

Well, after Friday’s awards ceremony, the photographer instructed Anna Adamko to remain atop the podium and hold up four fingers. Just her and the number of state titles she has won.

That’s how special Adamko’s high school career has been.

“It felt more … I don’t know how to describe it. I’m just really proud of the last three years,” the Columbia River senior said.

Adamko won her third straight title in the girls javelin throw Friday at the Class 3A state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School. She finished with a mark of 144 feet, 9 inches, besting the 135-3 by runner-up Katie Reichert of Kelso.

In addition to her javelin championships, Adamko won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put as a junior. She failed to qualify for the state meet in those events this year, leaving the javelin as the only opportunity for her to add to her bounty.

“I felt really down,” said Adamko, who plans to compete at Washington State. “I had a good talk with my coach: ‘There’s more to come; keep your head up.’

“I felt pretty relaxed. I’ve been through this before.”

And that includes standing atop the podium.