Carstens captures state titles


Matt Baide

Shelton's Alauna Carstens hugs Ellensburg's Kate Laurent after Carstens won the 1,600-meter race at the State 2A track and field meet Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Shelton's Alauna Carstens ended her senior year with an exclamation point, winning the State 2A 1,600- and 3,200-meter races Thursday and Saturday at the state 2A, 3A and 4A track and field meets at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Carstens competed in the 1,600-meter race Thursday and pulled ahead in the third lap and was able to narrowly edge Ellensburg's Kate Laurent at the finish line with a time of 4:58.34 to Laurent's 4:58.48. The time was a personal record and school record.

"It feels unbelievable," Carstens said Thursday after the race. "I'm really just feeling incredibly thank...

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