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North Kitsap’s 4x200 girls relay broke a school record and claimed the No. 1 seed into Saturday’s finals while SK’s Deandre Davis is ranked first after prelims in the 110...

TACOMA – Ho’oponokauilani Fuiava of Central Kitsap waited until her last moment but the sophomore made it count when she launched a monster 146 foot, 1 inch throw to win the Class 3A state girls discus championship Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School.

Fuiava went into the state meet as one of the favorites but struggled during her flight and into the finals with her mechanics.

On her second to last throw of the meet, CK assistant coach Bill Braun pulled Fuiava aside and told her what she was doing wrong. Fuiava’s next throw was the title-winning mark that left the crowd in awe, and her coaches and family jumping for joy.

“She has a flair for the dramatic,” he said.

Central Kitsap sophomore Po'no Fuiava won the 3A state discus championship on her final throw of 146-1, the second longest in the state this season, at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019.   (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Central Kitsap sophomore Po’no Fuiava won the 3A state discus championship on her final throw of 146-1, the second longest in the state this season, at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Fuiava thought to herself that she could do it and took that mentality into the ring one more time.

“I just didn’t give up,” she said. “That’s all I wanted was to hit 140.”

Fuiava hit four milestones with her throw;

  • She won the school’s first discus title for a female or male;
  • She broke a 25-year-old school record from 1975 of 138-2. It was the second oldest record on the books for Central Kitsap;
  • She is now the all-time West Sound leader after breaking Angela Sampson’s throw of 139-5 that the South Kitsap product set in 2000;
  • And finally, it was also the second longest throw in the state this season, behind only Beatrice Asomaning of Olympia’s 150-3.

Fuiava’s jaw-dropping throw wasn’t a once-in-a-million chance. No, Fuiava has been throwing in the 140s the last few weeks, said Braun.

“She always gets better as she goes on,” he said. 

Fuiava tends to have one or two messy throws, Braun said. A nagging knee injury on her right leg caused her to struggle with her mechanics. 

Fuiava said she put everything else aside on her final throw.

“I just didn’t think about it on my last throw,” she said.

Still, Braun knew Fuiava had it in her to let loose a big throw and told her so when he pulled her aside to settle her down.

“And she did it,” he said. 

Carissa Stovall of Yelm finished second with a mark of 138-0, and was leading in the finals until Fuiava’s last throw.

Central Kitsap’s Ezekial Sousou finished third in the shot put with a throw of 53-11.5. Sousou, a junior, just missed a 1972 school record by seven inches. 

In the 2A, North Kitsap’s 4×200 relay ran away with the top-qualifying time and set a school record in the process.

The Vikings foursome of Emerson Bollert, Raelee Moore, Maddie Pruden and Alyssa Cullen finished in 1 minute, 43.75 seconds. Renton was the next fastest qualifier in 1:45.75, exactly two seconds behind NK.

North Kitsap's Maddie Pruden reacts after she and teammates Raelee Moore, hugging Pruden, Emerson Bollert (hidden) and Alyssa Cullen, right, earned the top seed into Saturday's 4x200 relay final at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019.   (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
North Kitsap’s Maddie Pruden reacts after she and teammates Raelee Moore, hugging Pruden, Emerson Bollert (hidden) and Alyssa Cullen, right, earned the top seed into Saturday’s 4×200 relay final at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

“I had a feeling today was the day,” Pruden said of setting the school record.

They’ll get a shot at the state title on Saturday.

Defending state 100 hurdles champion Lauryn Chandler of Bremerton qualified for the finals but in a spot she wasn’t expecting.

Chandler had to chase down the early leader in her heat to get the win and then watched as McCall DeChenne of Ephrata won the second heat and earned the No. 1 spot into Friday’s finals. 

“I never had to catch someone,” Chandler said. “I had to catch her in my start so that was different but exciting.”

Deyondre Davis of South Kitsap will go for his first state title in the 110 hurdles. Davis, who finished second last season, won his heat in a top-qualifying time of 14.37 seconds. Jared McAlvey of Walla Walla is seeded second in 14.50. 

South Kitsap's Deyondre Davis earned the top seed into Friday's 110 hurdles final at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019. Davis won his heat in 14.37 seconds.  (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
South Kitsap’s Deyondre Davis earned the top seed into Friday’s 110 hurdles final at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019. Davis won his heat in 14.37 seconds. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

It was nearly a trifecta for Kitsap hurdlers making the finals save for one unfortunate outcome.

North Kitsap’s Andrew Blackmore, the top seed in the 110 hurdles, didn’t make the finals after clipping a hurdle early in his preliminary heat. He was disqualified for putting his hand on the hurdle.

Central Kitsap sophomore Po'no Fuiava won the 3A state discus championship on her final throw of 146-1, the second longest in the state this season, at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

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Central Kitsap sophomore Po'no Fuiava won the 3A state discus championship on her final throw of 146-1, the second longest in the state this season, at the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

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