Deep Trout Lake girls team captures state track championship
June 6, 2018
I know this is old news by now and I ran out of space in last week's Sentinel, but I wanted to congratulate the Trout Lake girls for capturing the state title as last month's Class 1B state track meet.
The Mustang girls, led by a record-setting performance from freshman distance specialist Hannah Funkhouser, a pair of top two finishes by thrower Liz Fink, and three top-four finishes from Isabella Dean, dominated as a team en route to 96 team points to finish as the state champions. Their 96 points edged out Oakesdale, which finished slightly behind in second with 93 total points.
The Trout Lake boys also had a strong team showing, finishing with 38 team points in a tie for fourth place along with Entiat and Pope John Paul 2.
It seemed like the Mustangs had a girl competing in nearly every event from May 24-26 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, and it all started late Thursday with Funkhouser's first event, the 1,600.
She was one of four freshmen competing in the event, and trailed Muckleshoot Tribal junior Rosalie Fish over halfway through the one mile race. When the last lap came around, Funkhouser breezed past Fish and didn't let up until after crossing the finish line as the new state champion. Her time of 5 minutes, 14.81 seconds in the event was close to 10 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher, and also a new Class 1B state record.
Funkhouser broke a five year record previously held by Entiat's Emily Wooldridge, besting the previous best time of 5:15.80 by nearly a second.
The freshman also captured state title honors in the 800 with a personal record finish of 2:22.61 and helped the team to third place in the 4x400 relay.
Funkhouser was just one of many Mustangs who excelled over the weekend in Cheney.
Fink, a junior, was making her third straight appearance in both the shot put and javelin, and after a second place finish in one of her throwing events last year, she was able to break through and capture a state title this season. She came through with the top distance with her 35 feet, 10.5 inch, throw in the shot put, 4.5 inches further than the second-place mark. Fink also notched another runner-up finish in the javelin with her 117-11 throw.
Last year as a freshman, Dean finished runner-up in her lone individual event (pole vault) at the state meet, but this year competed again in the pole vault along with the 300 meter hurdles, triple jump, and long jump.
She saved her best run for last in the 300 hurdles, setting a new personal best at 48.36 while claiming third place as one of two sophomores competing in the final heat. She also added fourth place marks in the vault (8-06) and triple jump (32-09) and took 12th in the long jump at 14-10.
Other placers for the Mustang girls was sophomore Sidney Becker in the 200 with a sixth place finish at 28.57, sophomore Lillie Goodson at eighth in the 800 (3:02.10), junior Joanna Peck at eighth in the 1,600 with a PR finish of 5:51.49, and a trio of girls in the 3,200.
Sophomore Makenna Stock finished runner-up in the two-mile run in 12:52.53, Goodson was third at 12:57.96, and Goodson fourth in 13:00.44.
Trout Lake also placed in all three relay events, taking fifth in the 4x100, second in the 4x200, and third in the 4x400.
The boys followed up last year's 13th place mark and moved up nine positions this season to take fourth as a team while picking up points in a variety of events.
Freshman Micah Colburn had the highest finish from a Mustang in an individual event, placing runner-up in the pole vault with his personal best mark of 12-09. Colburn also added a fourth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, stopping the timers at 17.04.
Eighth grader Mason Stock also was making his debut at state along with Colburn, and placed in one of his two events. Stock's best finish was a third place mark in the 3,200 with a personal best time of 10:34.05. Stock also just missed placing in the 1,600 meter run, setting a personal record at 4:59.84 while finishing in 10th place in the 16-person race.
The boys only relay team, the 4x400, consisting of Birch Flitcraft, Davis Melkonian, Reece Painter, and Cole McKinney, cruised to a fourth place finish in 3:39.13. Three of those competing in the relay also went on to place in individual events.
Painter, a junior, jumped further than he's ever had in the triple jump, finishing sixth with a distance of 39-09.5, over seven inches farther than his previous best in the event.
Melkonian went on to compete in the 300 hurdles along with the relay, adding to the team's point total with a fifth place finish. The senior clocked in at 43.76 seconds in the finals heat after setting his personal best in the event during preliminaries with a time of 43.11.
McKinney, a junior competing for the second straight year at state, came in sixth this season in the pole vault with an 11-06 mark. He also added an 11th place finish in the high jump.
Freshman Justin Peck also returned to state after an eighth place finish in the 800 and a runner-up showing in the 1,600 as an eighth grader, but only ran the 1,600 this year. He captured fifth in the mile run this season.