The hum of mud and snow tires gently thrummed as the Centralia R-VI track bus rolled west, homeward bound, along Highway 19.
It was hauling the team’s pole vaulting poles, three coaches and one pole-vaulter.
Of the three coaches, one head coach was unabashedly happy.
“Everything,” CHS Head Track and Field Coach Jim Newsted, when asked what about the May 18 sectional championships put a smile on his face. CHS, he said, is sending 11 athletes to the state championships. Four girls in four events and seven boys in eight events.
“Peyton Davis qualified for the state championships in four events during a 50-minute window. High jump, long jump and javelin within a 20 minutes span and then he ran the 300-meter hurdles. He was slower than usual in the hurdles, but he still qualified.”
The girls team is also taking its one-two-punch in throwing events to the big track.
Constant medalists Lacey Pavlak and Baylee Beard will represent the Lady Panthers at state in the shot and discus.
Pavlak took first in both the shot and discus. Beard second in the shot.
Newsted said it is not unusual to see the pair at the top of any meet. “We’ve had 12 meets this season,” he said. “In nine of them Lacey and Baylee took first and second. Sometimes Baylee took first.”
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