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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Mead’s Carrie Jacka has high hopes in pole vault

Boys aren’t the only successful pole vaulters at Mead these days.

Carrie Jacka, a junior transfer from Deer Park, finds herself atop the 4A state heap at 11 feet, 7 inches – 4 inches better than second – with the regular season finishing today.

She took sixth last year at the State 2A meet, vaulting 10-6.

After reaching 9-0 in the second meet of the season, Jacka has been the picture of consistency. She’s gone 10-6 or better eight times and has been 11-0 or better the last five meets.

She hit 11-7, her career best, at a Greater Spokane League dual April 24 – four days after going 11-6 and taking second at the Pasco Invitational. It was the first time she had eclipsed 11-0.

Jacka, whose season best a year ago was 11-0, hasn’t been lower than that height since Pasco.

Despite a steady side wind, Jacka won with 11-0 at the Strandberg Invitational last Saturday. The wind made it difficult to stick the pole in the plant box.

She has her sights set on 12-0 this season. She missed on three attempts at 12-0 the day she made 11-7.

Her sister, Bailee, captured a state title at Deer Park as a junior. Carrie matched her sister’s career best at 11-7.

“I want to win a state title,” said Jacka, who hopes to reach 13-0 her senior season.

Jacka also was part of Mead’s successful gymnastics team. She hadn’t participated in gymnastics for several years.

Mead gymnastics and pole vault coach Laurie Chadwick said one of Jacka’s strengths in the pole vault is her speed. Helping out in sprint relays has benefitted her in the vault.

“Technically, she’s improved a lot,” Chadwick said. “She’s moved up to longer poles and continued to improve.”

Jacka hopes pole vault will help defray the cost of a college education.


Shadle Park’s Amanda Konynenbelt hit a season best in the triple jump at Strandberg, leaping 36-3½ to win. “It’s a huge improvement from my meet (Thursday),” Konynenbelt said. “I feel like I’m back in the rhythm now and will keep improving.” … Rogers sophomore Khalil Winfrey and Isaac Wicks of North Central are on a collision course in the sprints come district. They’ve consistently been the top 3A sprinters this spring. Winfrey, who started at wide receiver in football last fall, won the 100 (11.01) and 200 (22.35) at Strandberg. Both times were season bests. He gave credit to Max Axtell of Freeman for pushing him in both races. Wicks leads in league in the 100, Winfrey in the 200. … Mariah Cunningham was the lone CV varsity athlete to put in a full day’s work at Strandberg. She won the long jump (17-10¼) despite jumping into a headwind. “I scratched on an 18-footer,” Cunningham said. Bears coach Geoff Arte gave the balance of his team light assignments. “Mariah kept her normal schedule,” Arte said. “We ran all of our kids, but we didn’t load up. We were fine-tuning for next week.” … One GSL girls record was broken last week when the Mt. Spokane girls 400 relay team of Ashlee Pedersen, Katie Nilsson, Ciara Bland and Cheyenne Konrad posted a time of 48.74, eclipsing the record (49.10) set by University in 1995. Mt. Spokane’s time ranks No. 1 among 3A schools and fourth overall.

• Other times/marks of note from last week: Frankie Hoerner of Gonzaga Prep in the 800 (1:55.46); Josh Richter of Mead in javelin (190-7); Nick Johnson of G-Prep in high jump (6-6); Anna Fromin of CV in 400 (58.42); Jack Bamis of G-Prep in long jump (23-2); Victoria Goetz of Coeur d’Alene in 400 (58.94); Zechariah Herford of West Valley in 100 (10.92); Scott Kopczynski of East Valley in 800 (1:58.44); Bradley Larson of Clarkston in triple jump (45-1¼); Scott Cummings of Lake City in pole vault (14-6); Logan Feasline of St. Maries in discus (175-4); and the Lake City boys 400 relay team of Chris Baker, Rhet Damschen, Rikki McCaw and Nathan Newby (42.34).

Final duals

The last week of GSL duals has been reached and much must still be determined regarding team championships.

Mt. Spokane will be the site today where the girls league title will be decided outright between Mt. Spokane (7-0) and Central Valley (6-0). They shared the league crown with Lewis and Clark last year.

“I’ve got us ahead by a little bit but not a comfortable margin,” CV’s Arte said. “Ashlee Pedersen is big for them. She can do six events, but I’m glad she’ll just be in four. The relays will be big.”

The Mt. Spokane boys (7-0) can finish undefeated but need to ward off a challenge from CV (4-2). Mt. Spokane snapped Mead’s 66-dual winning streak last week, winning 76-69 at Mead.

If CV upsets Mt. Spokane, the Wildcats and Mead (7-1) would share the title.

All duals begin at 4. Shadle Park and University also will be at Mt. Spokane.

In other finales, Gonzaga Prep visits Mead and Ferris, LC and Rogers go to North Central.

• It’s state-qualifying week for Idaho schools.

It begins today at 4 with the 3A District I teams at Timberlake and concludes Friday, beginning at 4.

The top three individuals and winning relays advance to state, May 16-17 at Middleton.

Timberlake’s boys and girls are favored. The boys have won 11 straight district titles.

• The 5A and 4A Region I meets begin Friday at Coeur d’Alene and conclude Saturday at Lewiston.

Action begins Friday at 1 with all the field events and finals in the 3,200 and a couple of relays.

The top three individuals and top two relays advance to state, May 16-17 at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.

CdA’s girls and Lake City’s boys are favored in 5A. In 4A, the Sandpoint and Moscow boys and girls will have tight battles.

• The 2A and 1A Region I meets are Friday and Saturday at Kootenai. Action begins Friday at 2.

The top two individuals and winning relays advance to state in 2A while the top four individuals and top two relays advance to state in 1A. The State 2A and 1A meets are May 16-17 at Middleton.

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