TACOMA - Entering the girls' discus final, Squalicum thrower Gina Flint was the No. 1 seed by an astounding 15 feet.
Being the favorite to win, Flint said it was important she focus herself so she could make the best throw possible.
Those watching Flint witnessed the Storm junior blow away the rest of the competition with a throw of 143 feet, 9 inches during the 2A-3A-4A Washington State Track and Field Championships Saturday, May 26, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
East Valley-Spokane's Darbi Dobson took second with a throw of 123-10.
"I'm in the choir, so I like to sing a lot to relax myself," Flint said. "It gets me into the zone. A song can just get stuck in my head, and it relaxes me."
Almost even more than winning the state title , Flint said she was thrilled to beat her previous personal record, which was 141-0 heading into the state meet.
"It feels really good, and I got my PR, so it feels even better," Flint said.
The first-place victory was Flint's second of the three-day meet. She won the shot put Friday, May 25, with a throw of 42-11.25.
"It's just a proud moment," said Squalicum track and field coach Ted Flint, who is also Gina's father. "It's nice to see your kid succeed."
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