Two Tornados Win State Track Championships, Boys Place Third

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/31/22

The Yelm Tornados track and field team wrapped up its season on a high note as the boys team finished third overall at state and welcomed two new state champions.

Trevontay Smith and Brayden …

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Two Tornados Win State Track Championships, Boys Place Third

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The Yelm Tornados track and field team wrapped up its season on a high note as the boys team finished third overall at state and welcomed two new state champions.

Trevontay Smith and Brayden Platt each placed first in their respective events.

Platt, who is a sophomore, finished the 3A state championships in first place overall in shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 6 inches. He also secured second place overall in the javelin and discus, while Smith won the state championship in triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, 5.25 inches. 

“It was just an amazing feeling for me when I won the championship and seeing the look on everyone’s faces after I threw the last shot put,” Platt said. “Hard work will pay off no matter if you’re throwing alone, or throwing in front of a crowd.”

For Platt, winning a state championship represented the recent improvements in the overall state of Yelm High School athletics.

“I think that the state championship means a lot for the program as Yelm is on the rise in multiple sports,” Platt said. “We’re all putting on for our city.”

Platt’s throw in the shot put event landed him multiple honors. He is now the top shot putter in the nation for the class of 2024 and he shattered a school record as well.

Head Coach Alexander McIntyre said that “Platt set the entire tone” for the Yelm team with his championship winning throw.

Both state champions are three sport athletes who played football and competed in track together. Platt was on the wrestling team this winter, while Smith played basketball.

Platt, who notably holds six full ride scholarship offers in football, is bound to get the attention from college track and field coaches after his performance during the 3A championships.

Smith, on the other hand, noted he has always been a part of team sports, so earning an individual victory is a great accomplishment. The last time Smith competed in track was when he was in eighth grade, he said.

“I didn’t even sign up for track this year, because it’s at the same time as my AAU basketball season,” Smith said. “But after the track season started the coaches asked me to join the team and be a jumper for them. I never imagined that it would bring me a state championship in triple jump.”

Smith and Platt were happy to see their team come in third overall at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. 



“It feels really good to be able to be a part of a winning team and to help Yelm win the district title, and (eventually) third place in the state meet,” Smith said.

He expressed gratitude to several of his coaches, adding, “I also want to thank Coach P and Coach Stovall for believing in me.”

Other key contributors to the Tornados boys third place finish were Kyler Ronquillo and Jordan Lasher. Each of the athletes competed in the 110 meter hurdles race, while Ronquillo placed in long jump and Lasher placed in pole vault.

Ronquillo earned third place overall in the 110 meter hurdles competition, with a time of 14.98 seconds. The junior also took third place in the long jump competition, with a jump of 22 feet, 5.5 inches.

Lasher placed fifth overall in the pole vault competition when he vaulted 13 feet, 6 inches. He also went on to earn seventh overall in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.79 seconds.

For the girls, Isabelle Wright-Cloran placed seventh overall in the triple jump with a jump of 35 feet, 7.25 inches.

Following the state competition, McIntyre reflected on the Tornados performance.

“It was pretty incredible, but it was nothing we didn’t expect as we came in shooting for a podium spot,” McIntyre said. “We had some pretty good performances regarding the weather, with rain and wind being out of our control.”

The Tornados had eight boys and five girls who took part in the state competition. The boys third place finish is regarded as the Tornados best year in track and field since 2001, according to McIntyre.

McIntyre also wanted to make sure the hard work of the assistant coaches didn’t go unnoticed.

“This entire staff has put in a lot of work. We have a great group of coaches who work hard for a lot of kids,” McIntyre said. “I want to point out that our coaches are building up strong and incredible athletes.”

McIntyre is hopeful the team’s momentum will carry over into next year’s season. He added all of the athletes at the state competition for Yelm were either sophomores or juniors.

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