MOSES LAKE — She’s the last one left.
In a year where only one state berth per event was awarded to the Columbia Basin Big Nine, Moses Lake sophomore Kari Heath was the team’s lone district champion and thus will be the lone representative at this week’s state meet at Mount Tahoma High School.
“It feels pretty cool as a sophomore at a 4A school because I’m the only one going this year,” she said.
Heath picked an opportune time to set a personal record.
Heath had won the 100-meter hurdles in five previous events during the season, but had recently been edged by Elizabeth Ferrell of Wenatchee at the CBBN Inter City Championships a week before the district meet.
“Yeah, a lot of pressure because I raced the girls two times prior and then the district meet was the big deal that I had to get first to go to state,” Heath said.
Despite the added pressure, Heath was able to run a personal best 15.52 seconds to win the event and claim the state berth. It was the culmination of work throughout the season as Heath had clocked in as high as 18.22 seconds at the Pasco Invitational. Just over a month later, She was able to shave over two and a half seconds off that time.
“My inspiration from the seniors last year really helped me improve and get me down on drills harder and work harder than I was the previous years,” Heath said.
Heath is scheduled to run in Lane 7 in the first heat of the 100-meter hurdles at state. Heath’s seed time of 15.52 places her ninth out of 16 competitors, right on the bubble to reach finals. More, she is one of only three underclassmen in the field.
Heath’s goal is simple.
“To PR again and just do better personally,” she said.
Heath excelled at the district meet. She’ll see how she fares at the last meet of the season today at 3:30 p.m. in the preliminaries.
“It will be cool,” Heath said. “I saw videos last year and people looked really fast and intimidating so we’ll see what happens.”