TACOMA - Squalicum thrower Gina Flint got the steel measuring tape. Everyone else's throws were measured with the standard paper version.
Flint kept the U.S. Track and Filed Pacific Northwest officials busy throughout the Class 2A discus session Saturday, May, 25, at Mount Tahoma High School.
"Impound implement and steel tape it." That's the phrase used by USATF Northwest chapter vice president Ivars Ikstrums when a discus needs to be measured and analyzed appropriately after a state-record toss.
Ikstrums was able to use the phrase four times, thanks to Flint.
The Storm throwing star wanted to break the discus record Saturday, but four times?
"The first throw I broke it, and the second throw I used a different discus to see if it would make a difference," Flint explained. "I fouled that one. My third throw I broke it again. My first throw in the finals I broke it again. ... I really wanted to hit 160 or go over, and I did it on my last throw."
The final toss of Flint's career was the best 2A discus throw of any Washington state meet. She beat the previous record by more than 15 feet, throwing for a mark of 161 feet, 11 inches to easily claim a first-place medal, her second of the three-day meet, during the Class 2A-3A-4A Track and Field State Championships.
"It feels awesome my last year of track to break the state records," Flint said. "I know last year I was really close to the discus one. To break it on the first throw is amazing. I will miss it next year, but I know I will have a lot of good competition."
Flint is attending the University of Washington, where she'll compete as a thrower on the Huskies' track and field team next season.
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