High School Sports

Bellingham's Chamberlin caps off historic season with state title

Bellingham's Jakob Chamberlin hurls a discus during the 2015 Class 2A Track and Field State Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Chamberlin won his second straight title in the discus on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
Bellingham's Jakob Chamberlin hurls a discus during the 2015 Class 2A Track and Field State Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Chamberlin won his second straight title in the discus on Thursday, May 26, 2016. eabell@bhamherald.com

Jakob Chamberlin capped off one of the best years in Washington state high school boys’ discus history with his second state title in as many years.

The Bellingham senior threw 177 feet, 4 inches during the Class 2A State Championships on Thursday, May 26, at Mount Tahoma. That mark was lower than his 177.5 average on the year but Chamberlin won handily as he out threw Joshua Bischoff (158.1) of Washougal by almost 20 feet.

“I was more nervous about competing against myself,” Chamberlin said. “I know how far I can throw.”

In fact, Chamberlin has the 21st best recorded throw in the nation this year with his 193.4 foot bomb during the 2A Northwest Conference Sub-Districts on May 11.

His coach, Steve Ayers, said Chamberlin is an especially talented athlete.

“He’s got a unique talent,” Ayers said. “I’m just so proud of him.”

Chamberlin said he’d been working on his explosion in the weeks prior to state but that it was a whole season worth of effort culminating in a title.

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