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1A-2B-1B state track: Casie Kleine of Castle Rock wins 400m title, Jessica Polkinghorn of Columbia wins shot put

The Columbian
Published: May 25, 2024, 8:07pm
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Casie Kleine of Castle Rock (left) and Shaela Bradley of La Center race the final turn in the girls 400 meters at the Tiger Relays at Battle Ground High School on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Kleine would go on to finish first just ahead of Bradley.
Casie Kleine of Castle Rock (left) and Shaela Bradley of La Center race the final turn in the girls 400 meters at the Tiger Relays at Battle Ground High School on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Kleine would go on to finish first just ahead of Bradley. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Casie Kleine of Castle Rock and Jessica Polkinghorn of Columbia-White Salmon were big winners at the 1A state track and field championships on Saturday at Yakima.

Klein edged out La Center’s Shaela Bradley to win the 1A girls 400-meter state title. Kleine, a junior, posted a time of 58.72 seconds, while Bradley, a senior, was second in 59.49.

Polkinghorn, a senior, won the shot put with a personal-best mark of 44 feet, 11 inches.

Kleine also finished second in the 200 with a personal-best 26.04, helped Castle Rock place third in the 400 relay in 51.06, and ran the anchor leg of the Rockets’ 1,600 relay that finished fourth in 4:13.54.

Bradley had a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 17-7 1/4 inches. Braelyn Baker of Bear Creek won the event with a 1A state season-best leap of 18-0 1/2.

Sara Miller of Columbia was third in the 200 behind Kleine by just 0.07 seconds. The Bruins’ 400 relay was also a step behind Castle Rock with a fourth-place finish by 0.25 seconds.

Seton Catholic sophomore Tiffany Sheldon placed third in the javelin with a PR throw of 123-10.

The 1A girls team title went to King’s with 82 points. Castle Rock was ninth (29), Columbia 10th (26.5), and La Center 12th (22).

In the boys 1A meet, Castle Rock’s 400 relay team placed third with a time of 43.93.

Joe Callerame of Seton Catholic was fourth in the javelin with a PR of 183-4.

Cedar Park Christian of Bothell won the 1A boys team title with 62 points. Stevenson tied for 16th (16 points), Seton Catholic and Castle Rock tied for 19th (12 each), and King’s Way Christian was 21st (10).

In the boys 1B meet, Kwabene White-Star of the Washington School for the Deaf, was in three finals. The junior’s best result was a second-place finish in the 100 with a time of 11.46, which was 0.09 seconds behind winner Pearce Hess of Grace Academy. White-Star finished sixth in the 200 and seventh in the 400.

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