Cheney’s Moore-Young nipped by defending champ

TACOMA – Diondre Moore-Young glanced to the side just as he glided across the last hurdle and that was all it took.

That provided an opening for defending champion Logan Packard, who launched himself over the finish line to shock Cheney’s four-event senior in the 300-meter hurdles in the State 2A track meet Saturday afternoon at Mt. Tahoma .

Moore-Young, who was bidding for a hurdles sweep, had a big-time personal record of 38.20 seconds, but the Mt. Baker senior clocked 38.18.

“I knew he was coming up. I just took that last hurdle really bad,” said Moore-Young, who missed the postseason last year. “The time was good but I was .02 off from the gold. I just didn’t suck it up that last 5 meters or whatever. I’ll always look back and know I could have won.”

It was that kind of day for area 2A schools, who came close a number of times but couldn’t come away with gold.

Moore-Young, who won the 100 hurdles over Packard, the defending champion, by .06 Friday night, also placed seventh in the 200. That helped the Blackhawks score 34 points and place fourth.

Renton was the runaway winner with 73 points, followed by Franklin-Pierce with 39 and Sehome with 38.

Deer Park senior Allison Gladhart sang the national anthem for the second day in a row, then had a 2-second PR of 2:15.98 to finish second in the 800.

“My coach says I always have the best kick of everyone and I believe it because I used to be a 400 runner until this year,” Gladhart said of the strategy to hang tough until the turn for home.

That was way more nerve-wracking than singing for Gladhart, who is headed to Whitworth to do both.

“I know the national anthem better and you’re not going against anyone,” she said. “And I’ve been doing it for more years than running.”

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