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Track and field: South Kitsap’s Forcier makes statement at Star Track

She already is looking toward next season.

Kelsie Forcier will enter 2012 as the most decorated South Kitsap thrower since Renard Williams, who now starts at defensive tackle at Eastern Washington University, won the Class 4A state shot-put championship four years ago.

While Forcier did not win a title last week at Star Track XXIX, she wore two medals around her neck after placing sixth and eighth, respectively, in the discus and shot put.

This was Forcier’s second appearance at state in the discus. Her best throw was 121 feet, 7 inches.

“I came in really excited and knew I had a chance at placing,” Forcier said. “I finished two places higher and three feet longer than last year.”

She said her “minimum” goal is 130 feet next season. Forcier said she regularly hits that mark in practice, but “it doesn’t mean anything” until she does it in a competition. That length would have placed her third in 4A at state. Kentwood’s Alyx Toeaina won the event in 136-03.

Forcier did not feel nearly as confident about her shot-put prospects Friday. She needed her best throw (38-02 ½) just to advance to the finals. Forcier was not able to improve on that mark, but still was happy to place.

“I didn’t even expect to make it to state,” she said, adding that she wants to hit 40 feet in that event next year. “I just wanted to make it to the podium.”

She did that, becoming the school’s first athlete to place in multiple individual events at state since Williams in the discus and shot put in 2007.

“It makes you feel very confident,” Forcier said. “Kids are looking at you when you walk by.”

That does not mean she will become complacent. Forcier said she learned from seeing a pair of teammates — Isaiah Davis and Shelby Jackson — who did not advance to state this year after qualifying in the past.

“I pretty much learned not to take anything for granted,” said Forcier, adding that she plans a more regimented offseason workout routine. “You never know what’s going to happen. Track is a completely unpredictable sport.”

Forcier was the school’s only competitor to advance to the finals. Junior Sarah Lacey finished 10th in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.4 seconds, while senior Ashlee Becker placed 12th in 10-06 in the pole vault. Steven Pavlik, who suffered an off-the-field injury May 23, was 16th in the discus with a throw of 128-09. He was the Wolves’ only male competitor.

Neither South’s 400- or 1,600-relay teams advanced beyond the preliminaries. The 400 team placed 15th (51.0), while the 1,600 quartet was 11th (4:03.18).

“As long as we’re improving our time, I’m happy with their performance,” said South coach Joanne Warren, adding that the relay teams only graduate Hillary Hestead and Bethany Sanchez. “Everyone is having a season-best or personal record. That’s all you can ask for.”

The Wolves sent nine competitors to state, which is more than recent years.“As a whole, I’m thrilled,” Warren said. “I’m happy with how the season ended.”

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