Not even a 102-degree fever could stop Emerald Ridge High senior ShaRaya Quinn from turning in a stalwart performance at the Class 4A state track meet this past weekend at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Quinn finished in second place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.44 seconds. She also tallied second place in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 42.82. Quinn said she came down with a sore throat and a 102-degree fever on May 28 (a day before the state track meet began), but nothing was going to stop her from competing in the final races of her high school career.
“I went to the doctor and they thought I had mono (mononucleosis), but it wasn’t that and I’m good,” she said. “I don’t know what was wrong with me, but I was going to run. This was my last chance and I had to run. I didn’t care that I was sick — this was my last chance.”
Quinn responded with a gutty showing in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. She finished just behind Federal Way’s Mariyah Vongsaveng (14.24) in the 100 hurdles finals.
“I knew coming in Mariyah was going to be really good competition, and she wanted it really bad,” Quinn said. “We’ve gone back and forth all year. If I was going to get beat by someone, she was the only person that was going to beat me. I wasn’t going to let anybody else do it. I gave it all I had. Second place at state ... I will take it. That is pretty good.”
In the final race of her high school career, Quinn tallied a time of 42.82 in the 300 hurdles finals, earning second place. Ingelmoor’s Darhian Mills won the race with a time of 42.45. Quinn said she could feel the support of her teammates, friends and coaches before settling into the starting blocks for the last time.
“It was really awesome,” the senior said. “I had a whole cheering section and I could hear them all after they announced my name before I ran. That made my heart sink — not with sadness, but with joy. It was so cool to have so many people cheer me on. I just wish I could had made it better (by winning the races) for them.”
Quinn is looking forward to running track at the University of Texas during the spring of 2015.
“I’m excited to see what I can do for Texas and want to see how much faster they can make me,” she said.
Rogers High athletes placing at the Class 4A state meet consisted of Brandon Snyder (shotput, fifth place), Tyliah Fort (4x200 relay, third place), Tammy Kayongo (4x200 relay, third place), Shaiyenne Monroe (4x200 relay, third place; 100, eighth place), Brionna Rose (4x200 relay, third place), Tyree Fort (4x100 relay, second place), Ceth Edwards (4x100 relay, second place) and Kyler Ooley (4x100 relay, second place).
Emerald Ridge athletes placing at the Class 4A state meet included Bowen Amundson (high jump, 10th place), Madison Davis (100 hurdles, seventh place) and Brooke Peterson (high jump, ninth place). Puyallup High’s Ashley Owens finished fifth in the high jump.
Sumner High athletes placing at the Class 2A state meet were Kimi Nakayama (pole vault, fifth place), Josh Riley (high jump, 11th place), Montana Gailas (javelin, eighth place), Andrew Andrada (pole vault, fifth place), Kolby Nikolaisen (pole vault, 15th place), Rhaven Dean (javelin, sixth place), Alexandra Espinda (javelin, 13th place), Alyssa Murray (800, eighth place, 4x400 relay, second place), Amanda Riley (300 hurdles, sixth place), Emma Bakke (4x400 relay, second place), Kinsey Saiz (4x400 relay, second place), Rachel Stowell (4x400 relay, second place) and Khenya Dean (discus, 13th place).