Peterson takes fourth in the javelin
Making her debut at the 6A state championships,Newberg junior Paityn Peterson placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 124-6.
Peterson's best throw came on her final throw of preliminaries, as did Thurston's Amira Johnson, who also topped out at 124-6 to create a tie.
Peterson won the tiebreaker because her second-best throw was longer than Johnson's, 123-9 to 117-8.
I was shooting for 130s, but its okay, Peterson said. My main goal was to have fun because I throw a lot better that way, when Im relaxed. Im proud of what I did because even if I had thrown my PR, I still would have gotten fourth.