Jewell School, because of its small size (only 80 students from grades 7 through 12), cant boast of too many great athletes during its history, but this year it is losing one. Senior Mollie Lee, a three season athlete, won the OSAA 1A state javelin championship Saturday with a throw of 127 9". This was a triple victory for Lee, as it was a personal record, a school record and a state 1A meet record.
Lee, who has also been instrumental in helping Jewell, winning the district volleyball championship this school year, was also the point guard for the girls basketball team.
"Mollie is one of the most competitive athletes that Ive ever coached," says Jewell athletic director Mark Fick.
"At the district track meet she was sickunder the weatherand after Hannah Rowley from Portland Waldorf unleashed a 122 3" throw to take the lead, Mollies eyes told me that she was not to be denied. She stepped up and uncorked a 126 8" toss to take districts and become the #1 seed at state. She always rises to the occasion."
Another Jewell athlete who did exceptionally well at the state 1A track meet was junior Will Crook. In his first year of throwing the javelin, he took third place, with a toss of 162 9", a new school record. Crook, who was beat out by two seniors, Matt St. Louis of Paisley (183 0") and Lane Bailey of Joseph (178 8"), can look forward to another year of throwing the javelin without his major competition hindering him.