TACOMA - Everyone knew the 2A girls shot put title belonged to Squalicum's Gina Flint long before she stepped into the throwing circle at the Class 2A-3A-4A Track and Field State Championships at Mount Tahoma High School.
Thrower after thrower took turns heaving their 8.8 pound brass ball into the dirt landing zone, but no one could match Flint. Not even close.
Flint successfully defended her 2012 shot put title by setting a new 2A state meet record with a toss of 47 feet, 6.75 inches. The throw netted Flint her third career first place state medal on an off-and-on rainy Friday, May 24, in Tacoma. She beat second-place finisher Angel Nkwonta of Pullman by nearly 7 inches. The old state record was set in 2008 by Pullman's Anna Albrecht, who made a 45-00.50 throw.
Still, Flint expected, or at least, was hoping for more out of herself.
"It wasn't too far off my PR (personal record)," said the University of Washington-bound Flint. "I actually threw my PR(48-02.50) at districts. To throw a 47 again feels awesome. I just hit over 47 for the last time last week, so to be able to do that again, and at the state meet, it feels awesome."
Even though Flint entered the event as the favorite, she found ways to challenge herself.
"Today I was going for 50," she said. "I didn't get there, but another goal was to break the state record."
Moments before the shot put began, rain started falling, but Flint, who said she likes throwing in the rain, battled the elements just fine.
The shot put record isn't the only event she plans to take down this weekend. Flint is aiming to toss a new state record distance in the 2A discus during the final Saturday, May 25. Her big shot put throw gave her a boost of energy to accomplish the feat, she said.
"I've always wanted to break the state record since freshman year," Flint explained. "I remember coming here my freshman year, and I don't remember what I placed in shot, but I got fourth in discus, and just looking at the state records and trying to break it. I broke the shot put, and now I want to (break) discus tomorrow."
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