Hammer throwers off to strong start
Last updated 3/20/2019 at Noon
Kamiak graduate Tim Beard defended his hammer title at the PLU Open track meet on March 9 in Lakewood.
Beard, who is red-shirting his junior season at Eastern Washington after a major surgery in September, won with a throw of 181 feet, 6 inches on his final throw in his first meet back. Beard’s father, Chris Beard, unleashed a throw of 150 feet to finish fourth with the 16-pound ball and chain.
Kamiak senior Tara Koonce produced a lifetime best of 138-8 on her first throw of the day, which held up for fifth place. Kim Beard, a fifth grader at Northshore Christian Academy, improved by 20 feet over last season and tossed the college-weight 4 kg hammer 97-2 to place 15th out of 23 women.
Tim Beard also won the Whitworth Buc Scoring Meet on Saturday, March 16, in Spokane. His throw was 182 feet.
Koonce threw her second personal best in two weeks of 139 feet at the SPU Doris Heritage Track Festival for a strong second place among 14 collegians in West Seattle.
Kim Beard, throwing for Get Strong First Track Club, hurled a personal best and national age-group leading 103-9 for 13th, taking down three collegians in the process.