Track: Forcier looks to conquer another school record

South Kitsap senior Steven Pavlik advanced to Star Track XXX after placing seventh in the discus with a throw of 146 feet at last week
South Kitsap senior Steven Pavlik advanced to Star Track XXX after placing seventh in the discus with a throw of 146 feet at last week's Class 4A West Central District meet. Pavlik qualified for state in that event for a second straight year in that event.
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One more school record.

That is South Kitsap senior Kelsie Forcier’s mindset as she enters Star Track XXX Friday and Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School.

Forcier finished third during in the shot put last week’s Class 4A West Central District meet with a throw of 40 feet, 7 inches. That mark broke the school record set by Shawna Stice (40-04 1/4) set in 1991. It marked the first time Forcier had thrown the shot put more than 40 feet since the April 14 Larry Eason Invitational in Snohomish (40-02 1/2). Since then, Forcier had not thrown more than 37-08 1/4 in a meet.

“I think the technique issues I’ve had are resolved,” she said.

Forcier said she has been working on generating higher throws during practice leading up to state.

She also finished second at districts in the discus (126-05), but was not as happy with that mark. Forcier is aiming for Angela Sampson’s school-record throw of 139-05 in that event, which was set in 2000.

“I was dropping my head and over-rotating,” she said, adding that should be a simple adjustment.

Forcier is the only Wolves’ female track and field athlete to advance to state. Last year, Steven Pavlik was the program’s only male to advance that far. Pavlik will return to state after finishing seventh in the discus (146-0) last week.

But he won’t be alone on the boys side. South’s 400- and 1,600-meter relay team, which consists of Adam Gascoyne, Dan Schulte, LaForrest Church and Nick Sleigh, both placed third to qualify for state. The Wolves finished the 1,600 in 3 minutes, 27.24 seconds despite being without two of their top runners, Bastian Tabacchi (tight gastrocnemius muscle) and Zach Sleigh (hamstring), both of whom were sidelined with injuries. South co-coach Kathy Ballew said she expects Tabacchi to compete in the 1,600 relay, while Zach Sleigh is questionable.

Regardless of the composition of that relay team, South co-coach Paul Zimmer is excited about their prospects.

“I think they can do some spectacular things,” he said. “Every meet they’ve gotten faster.”

He said that also applies to senior Dominic Boddie, who entered the meet as the seventh seed in the 100. Boddie, who now is healthy after battling hamstring issues, finished fifth in that event in 11.1 seconds. Zimmer said Boddie could improve that time with a stronger start.

Church placed third in the 800 (1:55.09), while junior classmate Adam Gascoyne finished eighth in the 200 (23.34) to qualify for state, as well.

“He’s always looking to compete in everything he does,” said Zimmer, referring to Gascoyne. “His speed just keeps getting better and better.”

Overall, Zimmer said he is happy with how the program has performed as it enters state.

“I thought we had a great district meet,” he said. “We have a real coachable group of guys.”


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