Mukilteo athletes compete in Junior Olympic track meet

Jun 28, 2017
Photo by: Chris Beard Tara Koonce and Kim Beard pose with their Junior Olympic medals

Kamiak High School’s Tara Koonce won the hammer throw and shot put at the Pacific Northwest Association Junior Olympic Championships June 23-25 in West Seattle.

Koonce, a member of the Get Strong First track club, placed first in the hammer throw by almost 20 feet on Friday. Koonce followed with a third place finish in the discus on Saturday and then returned to win the shot put on Sunday. Her throw of 38 feet, 5 inches, was a near personal best.

The top 8 athletes in each event advance to the regional championships in Spokane over the July 6 weekend with the top 5 from there advancing to the national championships in Kansas.

Kim Beard, a third grader at Northshore Christian Academy and a member of Get Strong First track club, placed third in the 6-pound shot put and improved her personal best with a throw of almost 20 feet. Beard also took fourth in the javelin, adding 4 feet to her personal best throw of more than 58 feet.


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