2 Kamiak throwers place in Junior Olympics
Kamiak High School’s Tim Beard placed well in the state U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships held at the West Seattle Athletic Complex June 22-23.
He dominated in the ball and chain for the 15-16 year old category with a personal best of 133 feet 6 inches, taking home the gold. He also finished on the medal stand in third in the tossing of the orb, the second of the Scottish heritage throws.
In the Greek discus competition, he slung the platter 125 feet 8 inches for a near best and a silver medal for his efforts.
This was his first time competing in the Junior Olympics. Beard also had a strong first season at Kamiak, where he garnered top marks among WESCO freshman in the discus, shot put and hammer throw.
The Top 8 in each event advanced to the regional championships over the Fourth of July, and from there, the Top 5 will go to the National Junior Olympics later this month.
He was unable to attend, however, due to an annual trip to Mexico with Club Rust to build a home for a family without proper shelter.
A difficult decision, he stated that he was unwilling to forgo helping a family just to compete in the Junior Olympics in spite of the strong likelihood of making it to the national championships.
Also competing from Kamiak was freshman Cristabella Humphries in the discus on Sunday. She flung to a fourth place finish and advanced to the next round.
-Edited by Beacon staff