Redmond junior Sarah Lord continued to build on her Star Track resume at last weekend’s Class 4A state track and field meet at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.
Lord took home a silver medal in the much-talked-about 3,200-meter race last Friday and then won the bronze in the 1,600 on Saturday.
“I definitely surprised myself,” said Lord, who placed sixth in the 1,600 and ninth in the 3,200 at last year’s state meet. “Last year I was tired after the two-mile. This year, I had that experience of being at state track. That definitely helped me in the mile. I was able to push myself. I felt a lot stronger.”
Lord actually finished Friday’s 3,200 race in third place after Bellarmine Prep’s Nicole Cochran blew away the field and Shadle Park’s Andrea Nelson edged Lord for second place.
But Cochran was disqualified for stepping on the track’s inside lane while making her decision move on the seventh lap, meaning everyone moved up a spot.
Nelson, who was declared the official winner, gave her gold medal to Cochran, while telling her, “this is yours. You are the state champion.”
Lord finished the race with a personal-best time of 10:40.20, just behind Nelson, who surged ahead of Lord at the last second and broke the tape at 10:40.04. Lord’s teammate, Devin McMahon, won the bronze medal with a time of 10:43.55.
Lord and McMahon continued to prove to be one of the best 1-2 long-distance combinations in the state as the Mustangs finished 13th in the team standings with 20 points.
“We have good experience working together,” Lord said of McMahon. “We challenged each other and pushed each other. State wouldn’t have been as good without her.”
Lord came back on Saturday and placed third in the 1,600 in 4:59.42, just off her personal-best. Jillian Jaccard was 11th (5:11.37) and McMahon was 12th (5:11.43).
Redmond junior Ally Mueller achieved her season-long goal of throwing the javelin 120 feet as she finished ninth with a personal-best toss of 120-9.
Junior teammate Amy Sturdivant cleared 9-6 to finish 10th in the pole vault.