Jeremiah Nubbe was the favorite going in, and he more than lived up to the hype.
Rainier’s senior track star won the 2B boys shot put title on Friday afternoon in the 1A/2B/1B state championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney with a meet record toss of 56 feet, 10 inches.
Nubbe was the only athlete competing in the event who had cracked the 50-foot mark heading into the state meet, with a season-best mark of 53 feet, 7 inches. His best toss on Friday broke the meet record of 56 feet, 5.25 inches set in 2017 by North Beach’s Seth Bridge.
Coupeville’s Logan Martin finished second at 44-11.5. Winlock’s Isaac Ramirez was seventh at 43-3.
Also on Friday, Napavine’s boys 4x100 relay team (Peyton League, Colin Shields, Max O’Neill and Lucas Dahl) had the fastest preliminary time at 44.71 seconds to advance to Saturday’s finals.
Toledo’s Conner Olmstead (third) and Adna’s Tristan Ridley (seventh) both qualified for the finals in the boys 400.
Adna’s Faith Wellander and Lillian Wellander both qualified for the 100-meter hurdle finals with the fourth- and fifth-best preliminary times (17.45 and 17.74 seconds).
Morton-White Pass’ 4x100 girls relay team had the fourth-best preliminary time (53.19) to advance to the finals.
In Friday’s 1B action, Mossyrock’s girls 4x200 relay team qualified for Saturday’s finals with a 1:54.63 preliminary time and the 4x100 team qualified with a 54.41 mark. The Vikings boys’ 4x100 relay team also qualified for the finals with a 45.94 preliminary mark.
Pe Ell’s Carter Phelps qualified for the boys 110-meter hurdle finals with a 17.44-second preliminary time, and Pe Ell’s Charlie Carper qualified for the 100 hurdle finals with an 18.79 preliminary time.
The three-day state championship meet concludes on Saturday.