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Amanda Chan leaps 5-6, captures State 4A high jump title

Mead’s Amanda Chan attempts to clear the bar at 5’8” during the girls high jump finals at the State 4A track and field championships on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. Chan didn’t clear the height but won the event with a jump of 5’6”. (Patrick Hagerty / Special to The Spokesman-Review)
Mead’s Amanda Chan attempts to clear the bar at 5’8” during the girls high jump finals at the State 4A track and field championships on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. Chan didn’t clear the height but won the event with a jump of 5’6”. (Patrick Hagerty / Special to The Spokesman-Review)

TACOMA – Amanda Chan had modest goals heading into Star Track.

The Mead junior wanted to get on the awards podium and have a personal best in the high jump.

Chan got a personal best and a State 4A championship to go with it Saturday as Star Track concluded at Mount Tahoma High School.

She had no problem settling for the top step on the awards podium.

Chan cleared 5 feet, 6 inches – two inches better than her previous best.

“I think all the adrenaline from the meet just helped me,” Chan said. “I’ve been working at it every practice jumping 5-6. I focused on speed, takeoffs, building strength and working on form. The little things.”

It paid off for the three-sport standout who will be a starter for a second straight year this fall in volleyball and in basketball.

“It’s really exciting,” Chan said of winning. “I thought maybe I’d place and get on the podium. I didn’t think it would be first place.”

Hailey Christopher of Central Valley took second (5-5), a personal best by two inches.

The CV girls 1,600-meter relay took second in a time of 3 minutes, 54.66 seconds – a season best by nearly four seconds. That propelled the Bears to fourth place as they finished with 40 points. Issaquah repeated as state champ.

It’s CV’s second state trophy and first since 1982.

Sophomore Josh Farr of Mead took second in the javelin with a throw of 185-11.

Bryan Anderson of Mead took third in the 300 hurdles (38.94) and Nick Johnson of Gonzaga Prep was sixth (39.84).

Federal Way won the boys team title. Mead was seventh.

Other placers were: Anna Fomin of CV fourth in the 400 (57.63); Samson Brown of Mead, sixth in the 100 (11.62); Isaac Barville of University, sixth in the 800 (1:56.64); the Lewis and Clark girls 400, fourth (48.94); the CV girls 800 relay, fifth (1:42.26); the LC girls 800 relay, sixth (1:42.29).

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